What does Rolfing structural integration mean?

The word Rolfing describes a unique form of bodywork. Rolfing structural integration is a certified, registered practice, conducted by professionals known as Rolfers™.

This type of bodywork is not to be confused with massage. Where massage works all soft tissues, Rolfers focus their work on a layer called fascia, the sheathing membrane that covers muscles, tendons, and organs. This fascia, like a girdle, gives shape and length to soft tissue. Over 50 years ago, Dr Ida Rolf discovered it was possible to reshape fascia with manipulation and that it would stay in the new shape.

Today Rolfers work with clients to address issues of the whole body -- how it is ordered and balanced, how it moves, and how one issue can lead to problems elsewhere. Rolfers are specialists at assessing and treating body alignment issues by reshaping fascia, and educating clients.

What are the benefits?

Clients of Rolfing structural integration have remarked on the following benefits:

pain relief and management,

stress reduction,

more efficient movement,

better balance.

These are just some of the benefits of Rolfing practice. Rolfers treat athletes, moms, musicians, tradespeople, professionals, kids and seniors. Rolfing structural integration can be especially helpful for enhancing sports performance and treating chronic pain.

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