What Is Rolfing?

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing Structural Integration is a system of physical manipulations and education which aims at improving posture 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 body structures together by providing stability and tautness.

Rolfing SI is based on two fundamental insights:

  • The body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity along a vertical line;
  • Restrictions at any level of the human organism can be reflected at all other levels. Therefore Rolfing SI considers the whole body when searching for the primary cause of a pattern or restriction and not just the local area of pain or apparent restriction.

The technique was first developed by American biochemist Dr. Ida Rolf at the beginning the twentieth century. Dr. Rolf used to say: “It is easy to take a body apart, but it takes skill and understanding to put it back together.” The true genius of her method is the art and science of reshaping and reorganising human structure according to clearly defined principles in a systematic and consistent manner for long term results.

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