What Is Rolfing?

What is Rolfing?

Harvey Woman PictureRolfing is a physically applied technique to improve structure, posture and movement of the human body.

In the process of Rolfing, mobilising the connective tissue will have positive effects. Over-all relief and well-being can be achieved.

Your body’s natural relationship to gravity will be restored and your body will be in balance again.

The aim of Rolfing is to maximize individual well-being of body and mind. Rolfing, therefore, contributes to modern health care.

The 10 Series

A Rolfer generally works with a series of 10 sessions, which Dr Rolf has developed over many years. Each one of the ten classical sessions builds upon the results of the previous one, so that the results are cumulative and thematically connected.

Before and After PictureThe focused treatment is on everyday issues and activities that are important for physical   wellbeing, for example: breathing, walking, being “grounded” to earth, stability and spatial perception. In this way the client can achieve greater body perception, and in so doing the sessions provide the possibility to get relief from restricting patterns and promote graceful movement.

The picture to the left shows the progression before and after ten sessions, and the change in posture.

Who can benefit from Rolfing?

Rolfing could rid the body of strenuous movement patterns and replace these by more economic and gentle ones. Clients often benefit from these changes throughout their lives.

One of the aims of Rolfing is to avoid physical discomforts. The body is brought into balance again – back in tune with itself and gravity. Thus, your body is able to use its individual possibilities in a better way. According to Dr. Rolf, for every being there is an optimum posture, which can be discovered by applying the Rolfing technique.

Rolfing is for all ages:

– For people who feel out of balance and chronically tense

– For people who are exposed to unilateral strain at work

– For people who wish to improve their agility and their perception of the body (e.g. for sports, yoga, dancing, acting)

Useful Information

One Rolfing session takes about one and half  hours. At the beginning of each session the Rolfer will analyze your posture in standing, walking or sitting. In this way he gets a first impression of your body structure. During the actual “session” you lie relaxed on your back on a padded table, similar to a massage table. The Rolfer will then use his hands to apply sensitive and precise pressure to specific areas of your body. These areas are released so that the body can finally reach an upright position. This process is supported by bringing your attention and breathing into the area where the Rolfer is working, as well as through guided movements. The Rolfer will also work on your body whilst seated or standing. The quality of the Rolfer’s touch varies from gentle to deep and intensive.

Changing old postural habits often initiates further changes in life. Rolfing is an holistic process and it has very individual implications for each client.

We recommend a series of 10 sessions. Each session builds on the progress made in the previous session and is adapted to your individual (body) structure. Some Rolfers keep record of the sessions’ results using photographs. It is also possible to take additional single sessions in order to renew achieved impact, or to take a series of three to five further sessions.