I ❤ Rolfing® Austin Texas
I ❤ Rolfing® Austin TX
Structural Alignment • Lasting Pain Relief • Improved Performance
About I Heart Rolfing Austin TX
I Heart Rolfing® Austin is located just south of The Domain. Rolfing Structural Integration is a method for releasing muscles, joints, nerves, and connective tissue from patterns that shape posture and cause pain. Because Rolfers in Austin work holistically with the entire body, they can help relieve pain, improve posture, and help with physical and emotional resiliency in everyday life. To learn more about Rolfing, continue reading or visit the Rolfing Introduction.
Who should try Rolfing?
Certified Austin Rolfers can work with anyone, but especially those who experience chronic and acute discomfort, pain, postural issues, or the desire to increase performance. Rolfing is especially helpful for those who 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.
Rolfing Austin: What to Expect
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 centeredness where the body feels light, easy, fluid, and yet grounded. In addition, as old postural habits, injuries and traumas 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. In addition to receiving bodywork, 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. Coupled with occasional homework assignments your Certified Rolfer gives you, the Rolfing process moves you toward functional integration. For this reason Rolfing is considered cumulative and reaches its peak effects at the end of series of sessions. Many of these common benefits are experienced as soon as the first Rolfing session.
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513-505-3135 (SMS only)
We are located at 4412 Spicewood Springs Rd. #402 in Austin TX