Rolfing® Structural Integration is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education. It is a natural, non-invasive solution to restructure and rejuvenate your body. Rolfing has been shown to ease pain, increase flexibility, better your posture, and improve your overall health and well-being. No medications, no surgeries – just Rolfing.
A Rolfer is particularly looking at how a client has gotten “stuck in place” over time. As we move through life and are forced to compensate for injuries, physical or emotional trauma, work postures or habitual activities, the soft tissue (called fascia) in our bodies begins to shorten, get stiffer and less malleable, and lose its elasticity. Over time, our bodies get molded into a set shape that prevents us from sitting, standing, moving or resting efficiently or comfortably.
Fascia is a complex web of tissue that covers and connects muscles and bones (as well as other body organs). It covers individual muscles, but also forms broad sheaths that in turn form a completely interconnected web throughout the body. Ida Rolf called the network of fascia, with its ability to compensate for and adapt to strain anywhere in the body, the “organ of structure.”
A Rolfer applies hands-on pressure to fascia, to lengthen, reposition, and free it where it is stuck. By doing this systematically wherever it has adapted to strain, a client can gradually rediscover more freedom of movement, improved balance and function, improvement in symptoms such as pain or muscle soreness, and a greater sense of well-being.
Rolfers are trained at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, located in Boulder, Colorado. The primary membership organization for structural integration practitioners is the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI).