I’m Alain, a Certified Rolfer based in London. I offer Rolfing Structural Integration to people of all ages and backgrounds. These are available to book in venues in Central and West London including Mayfair, Ealing and Chiswick.
Rolﬁng® Structural Integration (“Rolfing SI”) is a system of physical manipulations and education which aims at improving posture around a vertical line and movement by re-establishing adequate tonicity and spacial relationships of the body’s connective tissues. It is achieved through purposeful mobilisation and release of the fascia network.
Fascia is the component of the connective tissue which permeates the entire human body and holds the body structures together by providing stability and tautness.
Rolfing is for everyone. All bodies have some degree of disorder and compensation in their structure; therefore all adults of any age who suffer from any limiting physical discomfort may benefit from Rolfing SI, as long as there are no signs of a nervous disorder or a deeper pathology
Rolfing SI is not a substitute for osteopathy and chiropractic. In chiropractic and osteopathy the overall idea is to work more directly on the vertebrae of the spine and other bony structures in order to release and treat mechanical restrictions. Both chiropractic and osteopathy use high velocity, low amplitude manipulations. Rolfing SI exclusively focuses on balancing connective tissues and fascia which surrounds all muscles, organs and joints, and create the overall structure (shape) of the body. This in turn changes the alignment of the bones, overall structure and functionality. Rolfing is unique in seeking to organise and lengthen the body around a vertical line.
One of the most common misconceptions is that Rolfing SI is a form of deep tissue massage. The purpose of Rolfing IS is to balance and align the body along a vertical line by working on deep fascial layers and muscles that have been pulled out of position by strain or injury. Rolfing SI requires awakeness and participation of the client.
Of course not. We recommend that you try a session and see how you respond to the work. If, like many of us, you respond positively and you would like to explore further then it makes sense to do the 10 series.
Most clients receive the treatment in comfortable underwear. It is important for the practitioner to be able to assess the client’s physical structure and see the changes that occur during and between sessions. It is essential that the client feels comfortable, therefore if you are not comfortable being in your underwear, for women a two-pieced swimsuit or low rise running shorts or yoga-type stretchy shorts and sports bra (preferably with thin straps) are also suitable. For men, boxers are also suitable. You will be covered by a blanket while receiving the treatment on the table.
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