Rolfing® - Structural Integration

How does Rolfing® work?

Everything in the human body is held together by the “connective tissue” (fascia) which helps maintain a structural integrity. The fascia plays an important role as the connective tissue between bones, organs, nervous system and the inner and outer movement of the musculoskeletal system. By understanding the influence of gravity upon the different elements of the human body, Dr. Ida Rolf developed new therapeutic understanding and techniques to improve our structural integration, posture and wellbeing.

Our body structure is effected by posture, and how we move against gravity. Incorrect posture can create inappropriate biomechanical stress and injuries, and effect how we move our bodies. Similarly incorrect movement patterns learned through injury and inappropriate biomechanical stress can affect our posture and structural integrity. The techniques developed by Dr. Ida Rolf help change body structures and provide patterns of sustainable movement. Through Rolfing the body becomes upright and more flexible as we relearn correct movement patterns, and memories of pain and injury fade away.

Most of my clients book appointments due to chronic stiffness or problems due to posture (like scoliosis, hollow-back, hunched back) or whiplash injuries. Rolfing aligns the body with gravity, and relieves acute and chronic symptoms of the pain. Rolfing is a transformative process, and is typically undertaken through series of 10 sessions.

Rolfing is a holistic type of bodywork which is good for posture and movement, and leads to an upright position, free breathing, fluent movements and a balance of the inner (core) and outer (sleeve) body.

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Rolfing & Fascia-Videos, in English

French spoken with English subtitles

Rolfing, Structural Integration: Balancing the Body

What Rolfing can do for you

Rolfing verso Massage

How does rolfing work?

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Rolfing & Fascia-Videos, in German

Deutsch Vollversion

Deutsch Kurzversion

Faszien - Geheimnisvolle Welt unter der Haut

Wie man die Faszien gesund hält

Faszien-Schmerztherapie bei Faszienproblemen

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Rolfing-Videos in different languages with subtitles

French Full Version

Italian Full Version

(Parlato in francese con sottotitoli in italiano)

Italian Short Version

(Parlato in francese con sottotitoli in italiano)

Spanish Full Version

(Hablado en francés con subtítulos en español)

Portuguese Full Version

(Falandofrancês com legendas em português)

Slovak Full Version

(Po francúzsky so slovenskými titulkami)

Czech Full Version

(Po francouzský s českými titulky )

Arab Full Version

(مع ترجمةعربية اللغةالفرنسية)

Japanese Full Version

(日本語字幕付きのフランス語 )

Russian Full Version

(на французском языке с русским субтитр)

Rolfing® – for whom?

People often choose Rolfing because of chronic pain or movement restrictions. Rolfing is appropriate for people of any age (from 3 – 99 years old). Through Rolfing® a sustainable change in posture and movement can be achieved.

Falls, injuries, accidents or physical and/or psychological traumas are stored over time in our bodies, as well as in our nervous system. Over a period of time inappropriate biomechanical stress can lead to postural changes, which may be rehabilitated though Rolfing.

Most of my clients come to me because of chronic tension, neck / back pain, posture problems (e.g. scoliosis, hollow back, hunchback), hip and knee problems or whiplash injuries. With Rolfing, the body realigns itself to gravity, alleviates acute and chronic symptoms by removing the basis of the symptoms in a longer process of change, usually lasting 10 sessions.


    What does one wear during a Rolfing® session?

    Women get treated in bra and briefs, men wear underwear.

    How does it feel?

    For most clients Rolfing feels good - the slow and deep pressure of the Rolfer may relieve deep tensions in the tissue that sometimes are very old. The sensation of touch varies between light and intense. Therefore, the range of sensation reaches from “pleasant pressure” the “dissolving pain”. The perception depends on how tense the treated fascia or how strong the traumatized area of the body is. The majority of clients notice after each session a feeling of liberation and an improved range of movement.

    Important: During the treatment the Rolfer frequently asks the client about the intensity of the sensation in order to reach the best and comfortable result. Always answer as best as you can as this will help the Rolfer to improve the therapy.

    I am a sports enthusiast and have no pains or any other problems with my body. Could I nevertheless benefit of Rolfing?

    Yes, very much so. Rolfing helps athletes to improve the performance of their training, which will eventually also have a positive effect on the results in competitions.

    Dancers and actors find they can reach a better range of their body movement, improve their perception and orientation in space and can thus increase their artistic potential.

    Will my old habits bring my body again out of balance?

    During a session, you will experience new positive sensations. These will help you learn new patterns of posture which you can always compare with old habits and then correct or modify and use in everyday life.

    Rolfing increases body awareness and sensitize clients on the impact of "bad habits" or unbalanced movements. Because it just feels better to be efficient and balanced, the body moves instinctively in a much more balanced way.

    Is Rolfing allowed during pregnancy?

    During the first four months of pregnancy you must not be rolfed. In the fifth to seventh months of pregnancy the Rolfer can give the body more space for the birth. During this time a slight and tender Rolfing may be possible.

    During pregnancy, the hormone balance changes for nine months and after birth it takes another approximately nine months (or as long as the baby is breastfed) to bring the hormone balance back into a normal state. After that process the Rolfer may re-align the connective tissue that was displaced by giving birth. Women treated for that appraise it as an especially good experience.

    Why do you say that "Rolfing is teamwork"?

    During a treatment you may be asked by the Rolfer to participate actively in the treatment. For instance he could ask you to do a special movement with a special concentration or awareness in order to get even a better result.

    The Founder of Rolfing®

    ida rolf coulor Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf (1896 – 1979) was an American biochemist and is the creator and founder of Rolfing. Ida Rolf realized that the nearer body parts are to the ideal midline, the less energy is needed to maintain an upright position. Gravity then supports the body to move effortlessly and with more elasticity.

    Through decades of experience Dr. Ida Rolf developed a process to work with the structure and logic of the body. This enables Rolfer’s to provoke changes in the body and allow the client to integrate them. Each of the Rolfing sessions are built on top of each other in order to prepare the body for the next session. During the first three sessions, the external layers of the connective tissue are brought into a better order, which than allows deeper work in the following four sessions. The last three sessions integrates these changes in to daily life.

    Through different techniques the Rolfer works the connective tissue (fascia) to bring a greater order to the body and posture. At this point, free and fluid movements begin to be felt by the client. The deep and specific touch of the Rolfer helps teach the client to better perceive their body in a new way, and explore new patterns of movement. As Rolfer’ we believe the body is formed, held and allowed to move by fascia. Through precise pressure, the hands of the Rolfer work the fascia in order to ease the patterns of tension. The Rolfer’s touch therefore is not comparable to traditional massage or acupressure or shiatsu.

    In general the Rolfer and client undertake the series of 10 sessions over a period about 3 months. Together they work the body systematically from head to toe and first results can be observed typically after the first 3 sessions. If you cannot commit to a series of 10 sessions, then I would recommend at least 3 consecutive sessions. Ida with Client md

    Rolfing is about teamwork. The more attentive the client, the more they participate during the process, the more they will benefit from the sessions. Before and after each session you will be viewed in standing, walking and sitting in order to find out where your resources are and how your individual potential can/could be realized.


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