Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening environment. Those over forty may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: they are off balance, they are at war with gravity.
— Ida Rolf

A few good reasons to try Rolfing®

1. You would like to have less tension & tightness and feel more comfortable in your body

2. You are stressed & find it difficult to relax properly.

3. You spend too much time sitting and interacting with technology and feel disconnected from your body.

4. You are on a fitness/well being mission and would like some skillful support

5. You would like to stabilize the gains you are making in psychotherapy/talking therapy

6. You have some unresolved chronic pain from an old injury

What is the ten series?

A Rolfing® series is a process that typically place typically over 10 sessions.  Each session logically builds on the last, progressively opening the body's structure and potential for free and integrated movement. Sessions have specific goals and themes; for example session one aims to enhance your capacity to breathe fully, while session 2 aims to address the feet, legs and gait. Rolfing® addresses areas of the body that often get overlooked in other therapies, like the chest, jaw & stomach. Most sessions conclude with work on the neck and sacrum and some time at the end of the session moving and sensing the changes that may have occurred.
 

Is Rolfing® like deep massage?

The style and quality of touch Rolfers use is quite different to that of massage and the process is generally more collaborative, interactive and process based. Rolfing® comes with many of the benefits of good massage, but is more related to somatic education practices, such as the Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais Method.

 

Will Rolfing® transform my posture?

Rolfing can sometimes dramatically change someone's alignment, but in my experience profound, observable structural changes (like you see in the before and after pics do occur, but are rare. However, I repeatedly observe how the work has helped clients feel more comfortable in their body, which in my opinion is a greater result than some idealised notion of perfect posture.

How does Rolfing® compare with other physical therapies?

Rolfers are not medically trained and we do not diagnose or prescribe. We don’t generally manipulate joints (like many Osteopaths & Chiropractors) and although relaxation is often experienced, it is not the explicit purpose of the work. Our aim is to improve your relationship with gravity, which means a better capacity for grounding (using the ground well for support in movement) and orienting (lengthening, extending, being ‘well oriented in space’)

Is it a form of therapy?

Many clients find the session very therapeutic and feel that it is a safe and confidential space to share and work through life’s difficulties through the lens of the body.

What training do Rolfers undertake?

olfers are trained and certified by the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. My two and half year training covered anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology; Rolfing theory and structural analysis; soft tissue manipulation, spinal mechanics, and joint mobilization methods.  Following certification, ongoing continuing education is required to maintain active status.

 

Official Rolfing Links

www.rolfinguk.co.uk

www.rolfing.org