Rolfing is a term trademarked by the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. The Rolfing massage is manipulation of the soft-tissue used to structurally realign the body and enhance energy and overall wellness.
What is rolfing?
Rolfing is a soft-tissue manipulation used to structurally realign the body and enhance overall vitality. The terms Rolfing and Rolfer are trademarks of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration.
Rolfing is a kind of myofascial massage (myofascial tissue is the strong, loose layered tissue that covers all muscles), but Rolfers prefer to call it “movement education.” Rolf massage involves touching the skin, feeling around for “imbalances” in tissue texture, and separating fascial layers that adhere and muscles that have been pulled out of position by strain or injury. It is also a kind of energy medicine. Rolfers consider their unique contribution to be to balance the body in gravity, something other forms of massage and soft tissue manipulation cannot do. Unlike some forms of energy medicine like Reiki (link), the practice of Rolfing is hands on, and there’s no doubt that contributes to its attractiveness.
Fans of Rolfing claim that it can transform their lives by reducing pain and can be described as a gentle, deep muscle balancing process that structurally aligns your body.
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