It was conceived by Ida Rolf who thinks this technique by putting the person as a whole at the center and therefore considering it from a holistic point of view. The Rolfing massage works in-depth on the connective tissues which are composed of fascia, septa, ligaments, and tendons.
According to Ida Rolf, a person’s health improves overall if the level of plasticity of the connective tissues is kept high, evaluating their ability to respond to manual maneuvers such as pressure, heat, or particular movements.
It is therefore a massage that is not superficial but which aims to dissolve blocks and tensions and above all to “detach” the connective tissue, or to make it more elastic, thus favoring the elimination of any stagnation of energy.
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When to choose Rolfing
By working in-depth on the tissues, Rolfing massage becomes a solver in case of contractures, muscle blocks, stagnation of liquids, and muscle-joint pain in general. Before performing the massage, the operator observes the person in an upright position and moves in space, to capture the main characteristics of posture and movement.
Once the areas of tension have been localized, through specific movements, the Rolfer (as the operator is defined) begins a gradual muscular and emotional release, correcting those limitations that lead to restrictions in physical movements and that compromise correct motor functioning.
By working on the connective tissue, the blocks are dissolved in-depth, releasing not only physical but also emotional tensions.
What are the benefits of Rolfing
If the connective tissues are more elastic, the improvements are found on several levels.
Here are the main benefits:
- counteracts the pain caused by arthrosis
- relieves pain in the spine and back
- it works by dissolving cervical tension
- reduces joint pain
- improves posture
- optimizes sporting, athletic and artistic performance
- reduces chronic stressful states
- useful in case of general anxiety and tension
- promotes sleep and reduces insomnia
One of the most important things to consider is finding a Rolfer with whom you tune in, this is of fundamental importance. Consult with a trusted person about this subject, otherwise, the session risks having null or counterproductive effects. Report any bone and joint problems right away.
When you work at the body level on the tissues and stimulate the elimination of tensions, not only the symptom is alleviated on a physical level but also those emotions connected to it are released which in most cases have caused it.
The Rolfing massage is therefore not only a physical technique but analyzes the person as a whole, improving the postural structure, physical pains, and emotional tensions, through the massage of connective tissues.
Rolfing therapy sessions and techniques
Each session lasts about an hour and is based on a theme that is personalized for each individual. Rolfing massage therapist dedicates time to a preliminary interview with the client and observes the person’s body in an upright position and moving in space to “read” its main characteristics. Rolfing works on muscular and emotional release. Through a precise and lively touch, Rolfing acts on the restrictions and motor patterns that force our fabric into permanent tension.
Generally, the session takes place with the client lying on a bed and ends with the client standing up to evaluate any changes that have occurred during the session. Through the touch, the search for more efficient motor coordination, and the refinement of self-perception, the Rolfer aims to favor the psychophysical integration of the client.
Once the cycle of ten basic sessions has been completed and after an appropriate period of time has elapsed to allow the changes to settle, it is possible to deepen the path taken by receiving short cycles of post-10 sessions. Another activity that is well integrated with and favors the incorporation of ROLFING is ROLFING MOVEMENT.
The following work is usually done during structural integration sessions:
- 1st the session covers a large part of the body, with special focus on those muscles of the chest and abdomen that control breathing, as well as the thigh ligaments that control the mobility of the pelvis;
- 2nd session concentrates on the feet, transformations of the legs, ankles, alignment of the legs with the torso;
- 3rd the lesson is devoted mainly to stretching the sides, especially the large muscles between the pelvis and the chest;
- 4th, 5th, and 6th lessons are devoted to the release of the pelvis; it is considered one of the important tasks of rollers to make the pelvis more mobile and inscribed with the rest of the body lines;
- 7th lesson concentration on the neck and head, on the muscles of the face;
- 8th, 9th, and the 10th session is mainly the organization and integration of the body as a whole.
Comparing Rolfing therapy and Bowen therapy
Bowen therapy is a type of non-invasive technique that involves manipulating muscles, fascia, nerves, and ligaments. It removes tension and stress in the body and mind. The body changes back to a ‘blueprint’ that considers healthier. These changes most often tend to be lasting and fast. The nerve ‘tone’ will be reduced in Bowen therapy and as a result, the pain in the client’s body will be reduced as well. As it stimulates the healing process in the body in a profoundly relaxing and graceful manner, It helps bring balance to the different systems. Bowen therapy can be used in treating spinal issues, back pain or neck pain, sports-related injury, pre- and post-natal conditions, postural issues of the body and rehabilitation as well as most respiratory problems, digestive problems, auto-immune conditions, and headaches or migraines.
In Rolfing massage, the main focus is on the connective tissues of the body. This technique consists of manipulations with palm and fingers and movement re-education system. After 10 professional and successful Rolfing sessions, layers of your tissue strain, which may have built up over years due to habitual movement patterns, injury, or emotional holding will be reduced. This technique also improves balance and movement of the body, helps with having a more accurate posture, and brings a more positive body image, and increases self-awareness to a higher degree. If you are looking for the most effective method and everlasting change in your body, Rolfing, With an 86% satisfaction score, is the best choice for you.