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I ❤ Rolfing® Austin TX
Structural Alignment • Lasting Pain Relief • Improved Performance
Welcome to I Heart Rolfing
in Austin TX
– What is Rolfing? –
Rolfing® Structural Integration is a method for releasing muscles, joints, bones, nerves, and connective tissue from ineffective patterns that limit the body’s movement capacities. Rolfing improves gait, relieves pain, creates better posture, and facilitates emotional resiliency to better address everyday stress.
Who should try Rolfing?
I work with a range of people experiencing chronic and acute pain and postural issues. Many of my clients are highly active, and are beginning to feel their bodies losing alignment. This is natural and common with age, or after the body has been injured. This process does not have to continue indefinitely. Rolfing resets the body’s alignment and integrity. The result is often a significant reduction in pain and a general improvement in well-being.
How is Rolfing® Helpful
As people age, endure stress and injuries, and occasionally misuse their bodies, the structural integrity of the body begins to falter. At first this can show up as an ache or pain. In time, the body either creates compensations to relieve discomfort, or the brain sets new expectations for how we should feel in our bodies.
Eventually these patterns manifest as chronic rigidity of movement, excess tension, and frequent cycles of pain and relief.
The primary aim of the Rolfing process is to permanently release this tension and to resolve physical restrictions–balancing and realigning your entire body in relation to gravity. The result is “structural integrity” – the proper alignment of physical and functional structures of the body from head to toe.
How Does Rolfing Work?
Rolfers use concentrated pressure to release the tension, tightness, and restrictions that are held in muscles and connective tissue, called fascia. The pressure Rolfers use is different than relaxing massage or even deep tissue massage. The Rolfing touch is meant to break up restrictions and keep them away. This is accomplished by more than just deep pressure. As restrictions are broken up, Rolfers begin to move people toward a clean, functional blueprint of posture and movement, free of old compensations.
How Did Rolfing Get Its Name?
Dr. Ida Rolf was the first scientist to recognize the critical role played by the fascia, which gives the human body its specific shape and orientation. Fifty years later, scientists have confirmed what Ida Rolf proposed — that fascia is a living organ, not just inert connective tissue. While the fascia’s remarkable plasticity enables us to adapt to stress and injury, it also thickens and rigidifies in response to the strains pulling our bodies out of alignment with gravity. Slouched backs with heads too far forward, knock-knees or bowed legs, flat feet or high arches, excessive spinal curvature — these are all telltale signs of complex patterns of strain and tightness resulting from the thickening of the muscles and fascia (Read about Fascia).
Dr Rolf’s deepest practical insight was to recognize this very same plasticity could be harnessed to literally reshape the body and bring about a fundamental structural transformation. Through highly refined techniques of applying pressure with the hands, a Certified Rolfer can soften and lengthen fascia, which in turn frees the body from constrictions and enables it to right itself effortlessly in gravity.
What Results to Expect from Rolfing
Initially Rolfing brings relief from pain and tension. As the body parts with dysfunctional patterns, your Rolfer can begin to guide your body toward a new anatomical and functional center. We call this “The Line.” It is a place of proprioceptive centeredness where the body feels light, easy, fluid, and yet grounded.
As old postural habits, injuries and the physical manifestations of emotional trauma give way, the body begins to move with more freedom, flexibility, and grace. In turn, this allows the body to adapt to daily stress more easily.
Most people come to their Rolfing sessions with a list of complaints, aches and pains, some minor and some symptomatic and indicative of deeper structural trouble. While they are aware of the discomfort associates with their troubles, they are often unaware of the more subtle body sensations that would give them an ability to consciously alter their physical co-ordination and relieve some of their aches and pains.
During the Rolfing series, as restricted tissues are released and new movements become possible, greater body awareness is accessed. You can expect that the combination of freedom from physical restriction and greater self awareness will result in new patterns of co-ordination and reduced strain at the sites of the pain.
Each Rolfing session covers particular anatomical territory, starting from the surface tension around major joints, and moving toward crucial pelvic, spine, and cranial patterns. For this reason Rolfing is considered cumulative and reaches its peak effects at the end of a series of sessions. Many of these common benefits are experienced as soon as the first Rolfing session.
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Rolfing Series work
The 10-Series uses 10 sessions – and sometimes up to 15 with more complicated conditions – to systematically address the body from head to toe. The general recipe aims to horizontalize the head, thorax, and pelvis, while building support through the legs, adaptability in the shoulders and arms, and functionality that originates in the core. You can also read about the educational process of Rolfing.
Rehabilitation & Recovery
Rolfing can be particularly helpful with recovering from connective tissue disorders and conditions, like scleroderma, plantar fasciitis, cellulitis, and scars. It can also help with recovery from stress induced by marathon training, climbing, martial arts, or any other physically demanding occupations or hobbies.
Rolfing is probably best known for its unique ability to bring precise attention and care to the many elements that make up a person’s posture and gait. Posture through a Rolfer’s eyes is much more than how straight someone stands. It is a manifestation of the personality and all of its quirks on a physical dimension.
General Wellness and Emotions
There is little question anymore as to the interrelatedness of one’s emotional state and general well-being and success in life. However, there are still too few modalities that blend physical work with the emotional dimension of life. Other therapies rely too much on story-telling and analysis. Rolfing simply elicits emotional growth by stabilizing people in their own physical centers, where empowerment can flow naturally into one’s life.
Rolfing Can Help
- Improve Posture
- Reduce Stress
- Enhance Physical Performance
- Offset Wear and Tear
- Aging Gracefully
- Increase Flexibility
- Plantar fasciitis
- Back pain healing
- Neck pain healing
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain reduction
- Reduce Scoliotic Symptoms
- Improve mental and emotional clarity
- And more…
Sessions Will Be
- Sophisticated and individualized
- Physically transformative
- Challenging to preconceptions
- Energizing and calming
- Responsive to your needs
- Unique to your body
- And more…
513-505-3135 (SMS only)
We are located at 4412 Spicewood Springs Rd. #402 in Austin TX