Rolfing is based on a number of principles and focuses on the individual needs of each client. Treatment focuses on the following:
- The specific ways you use your body
- What your attitude is in and to life
- What your fixed habits and patterns are
- What moves and motivates you
- What limitations you experience physically and mentally
- Your awareness of the signals your body is giving you
The main emphasis in Rolfing is the treatment of the fascia. The fascia is the tissue that surrounds and connects muscles, organs, nerves and bones throughout the body. The fascia contains many receptors, is connected to the nerves and blood vessels and is hydrated by means of mechanical manipulation, such as when you move your limbs. All of these features of the fascia ensure that it is ideally suitable for manual handling therapy. When connective tissues, such as the fascia, are balanced with the environment, then blockages and pain can be removed. In recent years, the importance and unique properties of the fascia have been backed by scientific research (www.fasciaresearch.com).
Exercise and Movement
Alongside the treatment of the fascia, attention is also paid to learning exercises and movements that focus on the unique and individual situation of the client. Improving mobility and learning to move in the apropriate way all contribute greatly to the healing process. By using simple movement exercises specific areas are addressed and perception is affected, thus improving coordination and perception overall. Rolfing coordinates the structure and functioning of the human body, through observation of the body in relation to the gravitational field.
After ten sessions the body will undergo visible and tangible improvements. You will not only breathe better, have better posture and coordination, but will also experience an overall sense of wellbeing. This is often accompanied by a stronger awareness and improved energy management. The 10 sessions are passed through by Ida P. Rolf. The sessions are a process in steps, which is very effective and smart.Certainly it is possible to take single sessions or in any wished number
The History of Rolfing
Rolfing was developed by Dr Ida Rolf (1896-1979), the first woman to earn a doctorate in biochemistry. She was friends with Moche Feldenkrais, designer of the Feldenkrais method of Somatic Education, who influenced her work. She also did years of study in Yoga and Osteopathy. Her insights into the influence of gravity on the body, and the function and role of the fascia in relation to our attitude and way of moving, were brought together in 1971. At this time, Dr Ida Rolf developed the method of fascia manipulation under the name of Structural Integration. This was later called Rolfing, but nowadays both terms are used interchangeably.