Why Rolfing works
Inspired by yoga, Dr. Ida Rolf developed a hands-on approach capable of going beyond yoga postures reaching deeper layers of the body. The Rolfing method rehydrates fascial adhesions to restore the structural tensegrity of the human body. Dr. Ida Rolf’s studies in osteopathic medicine and hath yoga shaped her pioneering method of Rolfing.
When confronted with pain whether physical or emotional, muscle fibers shorten and contract to protect organs and other vial structures. The body can remain in a state of protection long after the original source of pain is gone. Overtime, compensation patterns in our posture and the way we move leads to chronic tension. Rolfing restores the body by releasing the adhesions from head to toe.
The slow deep pressure used in Rolfing wakes up the highly dense sensory nerve endings within the network of fascia. This sensory “waking up” can function as a gateway to embodiment. Becoming aware of our habitual holding patterns allows for new patterns to develop. Other therapies often neglect important core structures like the diaphragm, pelvic floor, or thoracic inlet. Rolfing is unique in that it follows the osteopathic lineage which recognizes and treats the whole body as one unified system.
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