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.
Those, who have a history of injury or trauma and notice that the effects of their often-minor injuries are beginning to interfere with their everyday lives, should also consider Rolfing SI. In many cases these individuals have tried traditional medical treatments or exercise to reduce or counteract the long-term effects of old injuries with varying degrees of success. This group might include former and current athletes, musicians, performers or those engaged in physically demanding jobs, and those who choose not to accept the notion that the quality of their lives must suffer simply because they are aging.
Even if someone has not experienced injury and/or trauma, Rolfing SI may offer the benefits of enhance overall body conditioning and functionality. Whether you are athletic, perform tasks with repetitive-motion in daily activity, or are just looking to feel more “at home” in your body, Rolfing SI sessions may restore flexibility, increase balance, revitalise energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.
Rolfing SI can also be helpful to those who find that their physical limitations prevent them from attaining a higher level of emotional well-being. It can serve as an educational resource that allows them a more intimate and comfortable relationship with their body.
No, Rolfing should not hurt. There may be some transitory discomfort when seriously restricted tissue is softened, differentiated and reintegrated.
Communication between the client and the Rolfer and the skills of the Rolfer are essential in order to reduce or eliminate any potential discomfort.
A general guideline for the vast majority clients of Rolﬁng SI is that the intensity experienced is transitory, moving quickly from brief intensity to a decrease in sensation and ﬁnally to an easing of long-standing holdings which can prove both profound and transformative.
In chiropractic, 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 SI uses slow deep manipulations.
Rolfing SI aims at balancing and integrating the the structure of the body along a vertical line so that the force of gravity reinforces the body structure instead of weakening it.
Rolfing SI recognises that restrictions at any level of the human organism can be reflected at all other levels, therefore when addressing a particular restriction the Rolfer looks at the whole body in order to find the primary cause, which usually is away from the site of restriction or pain, “Where you think it ease, it ain’t”.
Rolfers are also educators. In each session, they seek to impart insights to the client, develop their awareness and understanding of the body, to help clients make the work their own. The Rolfer’s job is to make himself obsolete, by empowering the clients to take charge of their own physical wellbeing.
Chiropractic, osteopathy and Rolfing SI can go quite well together (of course, as a general disclaimer here, if you are getting Rolfing and chiropractic and or osteopathy done at the same time, be sure to inform the practitioners). Rolfing can help the chiropractic and osteopathic adjustments stay by releasing the tension patterns which pulled the bones or vertebrae out of alignment in the first place.
One of the most common misconceptions about Rolfing SI is that it is a type of very deep massage.
In Rolfing SI the Rolfer observes the body and tissues, looking for imbalances in order to determine where the work is needed. The Rolfer separates deep fascial layers that adhere and muscles that have been pulled out of position by strain or injury. Finally, the Rolfer integrates the body, relating its segments in improved relationships, bringing physical balance in the gravitational field.
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 are also suitable. For men, boxers are also suitable. You will be covered by a blanket while receiving the treatment on the table.
The Rolfing 10 series allow to thoroughly address the whole body with the aim of achieving the highest level of somatic and perceptual integration possible.
Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. The Rolfer maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring that the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.
The 10 series is a general framework, a guideline, as it might be possible that the highest degree of integration is achieved before session 10 or that an extra session is required.
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 commit to the Rolfing 10 series.
At the end of each sessions the Rolfer performs specific manipulations designed to stimulate the parasympathetic (rest) nervous system so the client feels calm and grounded before leaving. Clients can enjoy their normal daily activities, however it is recommended not to engage in intensive physical activities within approximately 12 to 24 hours after a session. Clients may practice gentle physical activities and take time to observe any changes in how they feel in their bodies.
It is recommended to leave about a week and up to a month between Rolfing sessions so you have time to integrate each session. The exception is session 5, which is a direct continuation of session 4 and therefore can be received only a few days after
session 4. We recommend that clients continue to do their structural and movement home practices between Rolfing sessions.
Improved posture, coordination, flexibility, movement and athletic performance can be expected. An enhanced understanding of how the body operates in harmony with gravity can develop further. In addition to improvements in the physical functioning of the body, Rolfing SI can improve one’s sense of well being.
Completion of the 10 series is not the end of the process as the client can continue to integrate for several months after. A new awareness of posture and movement may develop further as the client feels, experience the joy of her full potentialities.
”structural Integration is not a closed-end revelation, everything that can be regarded as a revelation is open-ended.”