What is Rolfing?
Rolfing is a system of body manipulation aimed at restoring structural integrity to the whole body. It is sometimes called the “head-to-toe” approach, because unlike symptom-oriented modalities, Rolfing involves addressing every major and minor segment of the body.
To cover this much ground, Rolfers use the 10-Series, an organized progression of sessions that are designed to first unravel the body’s tension, and then reorganize the body in alignment with gravity. In the process, Rolfing relieves many symptoms of misalignment, including pain, fatigue, and poor posture.
Why Rolfing Works
Rolfers are trained in a variety of manual therapy techniques that vary from deep pressure to light touch. They are trained to know when and how to use those techniques to elicit appropriate changes in the body. Over the course of a series of sessions, Rolfers identify the specific nature of their clients’ holding patterns. Working with everything from skin, muscles, fascia, arteries, nerves, and bones gives them a unique perspective on how to alleviate pain and help clients develop better posture and structure. The Rolfing tradition has roots in Osteopathic work. Many advanced massage therapy techniques come from Rolfing, but lack the formula and insight into how the body’s structure has become misaligned.
Gravity, too, is fundamentally a supportive force. By planting the body to Earth, gravity supports our well-being by exerting just the right amount of force to encourage strength, length, and energy to our core muscles. But when our bodies lose their structural integrity, gravity becomes a degenerative force, constantly pulling on our vertically oriented bodies and sometimes exacerbating misalignment.
As a Rolfer in Austin, I am trained to assess your posture, apply deep pressure to tissue to release restrictions, and guide you toward a more functional understanding and experience of your body.
How Rolfers™ Are Trained
All Certified Rolfers are required to complete 731 hours of training, including anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, structural manipulation, and ethics. Rolfers also take continuing education classes and mentorships to expand on their skills and knowledge. To verify that a Rolfer has been trained by The Rolf Institute please check Find a Rolfer.