Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of manual bodywork that aims at (re-) aligning and balancing the whole body, so it can function economically and without strain. The name is derived from its founder, Dr Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist, who first started developing her method in the 1940s.
Dr Ida Rolf understood that better structural and postural alignment, as well as easier movement, can be achieved by systematically organising the connective tissue. The body’s connective tissue, also called fascia, envelops and supports all muscles, bones, nerves and organs in a web-like fashion. Once the fascia is properly (re-) organised, physical tension, discomforts or pain that build up due to bad postural habits, repetitive motions and/or injuries, can be alleviated or disappear completely. Clients often report a greater feeling of wellbeing, both physically and emotionally.
The systematic organisation of the tissue is normally performed in a series of ten sessions. The sessions are generally completed in a particular order and each individual session has a specific aim. This way, the (re-) alignment of the body can happen in a holistic way. This is also why the greatest benefits can be felt when going through the whole series of ten sessions. Find out more about the ten-series here.
Rolfing® can help alleviate many common discomforts and aches such as:
- back and shoulder pain
- hip and knee pain
- stress and tension related neck pain and headaches/migraines
- repetitive strain injuries (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
It can also be helpful for those who:
- have suffered injuries from accidents (e.g. whip lash) or had surgery
- want to improve their flexibility and posture
- want to improve their performance in sports, dance or music
- want to maintain their health and wellbeing
- women who feel the need to rebalance their bodies after pregnancy