Dr. Rolf’s profound inquiry into how to enhance the whole person by organizing the body in gravity has inspired generations of bodyworkers around the world.
She began her exploration more than fifty years ago, devoting her energy to creating a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organized the whole body in gravity. Dr. Rolf discovered that she could achieve remarkable changes in posture and structure by manipulating the body’s myofascial (muscular connective tissue) system, and eventually named her work Structural Integration.
Rolfing Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person’s posture and structure. People from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing; many people seek Rolfing as a way to ease pain and chronic stress and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people have received Rolfing work.
Research has demonstrated that Rolfing creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Also, research has shown that Rolfing significantly reduces chronic stress and changes in the body structure. For example, one study showed that Rolfing significantly reduced the spinal curvature of subjects with lordosis (sway back); it also showed that Rolfing enhances neurological functioning.
reported benefits of rolfing
Improved body awareness
More balance & stability
A sense of lightness in the body
Ease of breath
Decrease of tension and pain resulting from tension
Faster recovery from exertion
Freer and more fluid movement
Sense of well-being
Better joint movement and range of motion
Improved athletic performance
A calmer mind