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What is the Rolfing Technique?

Feb 28, 2008
The Rolfing technique is named after Dr. Ida Rolf. It is a massage that pinpoints connective tissue between the joints. This massage corrects posture, plus encourages the patient to walk and stand properly. When good posture is maintained, the patient is healthier and under less stress. It takes about 10 sessions to work the entire body and improve the patient's posture. It is also known as Structural Integration.

Slouching is a bad posture habit that many of us get into. Surprisingly enough, poor posture requires more energy than standing or sitting properly. The reason for this is the increased downward pull of gravity that the muscles have to contend with when you slouch. Deep internal organs get compressed by poor posture, and work under duress.

Poor posture can become a habit, which is hard to break as our muscles have, over the years, become used to this position.

The Rolfing technique is a massage that works to correct this situation. By gradually strengthening, stretching and repositioning the fascia, this technique restores its normal flexibility and length. This in turn aligns the body along a natural vertical axis and allows the patient to stand and walk with better posture.

Deep gentle pressure is done by the therapist, which frees fascia restrictions. This stimulates the collagen in the fascia to help it to change. The combination of pressure, the patient's breath, and movement helps to accomplish all of this.

The results of the Rolfing technique are lasting and the body continues to improve the fascia, as the patients posture gets better. In this way, the overall health of the person will also start to improve.

It takes ten sessions to complete the treatment. The entire fascias in the body are treated. The superficial fascias, near the surface of the skin, are balanced in the first three sessions. The deeper layer of tissue is addressed in the last four sessions. A specific body segment will be targeted in each of the first seven sessions. For example, the torso and then the pelvis, etc. The therapist will concentrate on the entire body for the last three sessions.

This technique proves that you can turn around years of bad habits leading to poor posture, and improve your physique just by a few hours of this specialized massage technique. The Rolfing technique is very useful for not only improving your posture, but your overall physique. When you have a good posture and body tone, your whole body will function better, plus you will feel healthier and be able to do more of the things that you always wanted to do.
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