WHAT IS ROLFING® STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION (SI)?
Rolfing® SI is a holistic, manual body therapy developed more than 50 years ago by Dr. med. Ida P. Rolf. Rolfing SI is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organises the whole body in gravity. Rolfing SI affects the body's posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial system or also known as connective tissue. Often our work is considered as a deep-tissue approach, Rolfing actually touches in on all the layers of the body to ease strain and tight patterns in the entire system. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing SI creates more efficient muscle use, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical patterns of movement.
The three-dimensional weblike connective tissue consists of myofascial structures and includes all components of the body such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and organs. Fascia is a soft and flexible tissue unit that extends from head to toe, but also from the outside to the inside.
WHO USES IT?
Rolfing® SI is suitable for everyone of any age, as well as children, teenagers and athletes. People seek Rolfing as a way to reduce pain and chronic muscle tension, generally resulting from physical and emotional traumas. Rolfing is used by many professional athletes to break up scar tissue, rehabilitate injuries, and increase range of motion to improve performance and avoid future injuries. Dancers and musicians often use the work to increase comfort in their bodies while performing, as well as avoid repetitive stress injuries. Rolfers affect body posture and structure over the long-term. Unlike massage, which often focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning.
Rolfing helps with:
Back and neck pain, spinal disorders such as scoliosis, headaches, postural problems, restrictions in functional and habitual patterns
Rolfing supports the healing process or even eliminates pain which may be the consequences after surgeries, scar tissue mobilisation
Improve posture, balance and freedom of movement
Ease muscle and joint pain
Rolfing bodywork requires an active dialogue and collaboration between the client and the Rolfer.
Each session in the Rolfing ten-series has its unique theme and set of goals. Together all of them constitute an arch of a journey that leads to greater integration, freedom of movement and expression. Here is a brief description of the ten series:
Each session begins with a conversation and a body scan (body analysis). You will be observed while walking, standing or sitting. Your clothing during the sessions depends on your level of comfort and consist of yoga shorts, boxer shorts for men or underwear and bra or sports bra for women. The duration of a session consists of 70 to 90 minutes. Each session systematically builds upon the last and prepares the next:
The first three sessions work on the more superficial layers of connective tissue. Sessions four through seven remove strain from deeper layers of the body. The remaining sessions organize and align the body as a whole, providing better balance, enhanced range of motion, and a higher energy level. I suggest intervals of one to two weeks between sessions. If your schedule requires a larger break between sessions, after sessions three and seven are ideal places to pause in the process.