Rolfing - Structural Integration

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing was developed by an American doctor in Biochemistry Ida P. Rolf Ph. D. In contrast to other manual therapies, which treat only single symptoms in the body, she wanted to improve the complex overall structure of posture. For this reason it was named "Structural Integration".x.z.

Dr. Ida Rolf

During our life there are many influences on the structure of our body. These include genetic inheritance, adopted habits in posture and movement or traumatic experiences (accidents, physiological or emotional stress).

The connective tissue, also known as the fascia, is responsible for a change in the bodily structure. This fascia connects all the structures of the human body. The connective tissue consists mainly of collagen fibers in a liquid surrounding. One of its characteristics is to absorb any tension from sharp movements and to disperse them to other parts of the body. It also has the ability to adapt and change in long term to the power and direction of these forces. The wrong posture or a badly aligned structure, can lead to the shortening and thickening of these collagen fibers.

In Rolfing treatment the connective tissue will be manipulated with specific pressure. The body will then get straightened out and brought into balance. The goal is to create a released, upright posture, with easy movements and free breathing.

comparing different structures
before and after 10 sessions

The aspired integrative structure in Rolfing avoids overloading of joints and of tissue. As a result very often it removes the root and the origin of the chronic pain.

New research in neurology focus on the connective tissue and the position (meaning) of the sensorical part of our movement intelligence. The research proves that the work with the connective tissue directly influences the capacity of our brain, and our ability to coordinate shape and movement effectively.

Some clients experience that a greater freedom of movement and a higher breathing volume can also resolve emotional restrictions.