What is Rolfing?

Rolfing is a specialized type of manual therapy used to restructure the body’s posture.  Rolfing frees restrictions inside the body resulting in a return to more natural movement and increased range of motion.

How we move, walk, bend, run, sit, work, and play, and how our bodies have been affected by injuries, accidents, and emotional events that occur along the way, accounts for what we are.  Rolfing takes a holistic look at the body in motion to bring your entire body and being to a new level of graceful functioning.

How Does it Work?

Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing reorganizes the connective tissues, called fasciae, that permeate the entire body.  Fascia provides the infrastructure for our bodies’ form and shape and is like Cling Wrap for our muscles, bones, nerves, and other internal systems.

Skeletal muscles often work in opposing pairs called the “agonist” and the “antagonist”, the one contracting while the other relaxes. Rolf theorized that “bound up” fasciae (connective tissues) often restrict opposing muscles from functioning in concert. She aimed to separate the fibers of bound up fasciae manually to loosen them and allow effective movement.

Rolfers often prescribe a sequence of ten sessions to “balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body.  The theory is that “only by bringing peace ‘from the ground up’ can problems higher in the body be ‘understood.'”

Successful Treatments
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Auto Accident Injuries (MVA)
  • Whiplash Injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Sports Injuries
  • Joint Pain or Arthritis
  • Restricted Breathing
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Aftermath of Trauma or Surgery
  • And many more