By freeing restrictions in the ligaments, tendons, and muscles, Rolfing frees your body to assume a more upright posture with less effort and strain. This allows a more relaxed stance than the traditional "stand up straight" posture many of us experience as children.
Improvements in posture translate into greater ease in sitting, standing, walking, and many other activities.
Muscular and Skeletal Pain Relief
In many cases, bringing the body into a more natural alignment will reduce or aleviate chronic pain issue. Many clients who were dependent on massage or chiropractic on a weekly basis were able to greatly reduce their need after receiving a Ten-Series.
Enhanced Athletic Performance
When the body is in better alignment, it expends less energy holding itself upright. This freed up energy can then be used in other areas of your life, athletic or otherwise.
Coordination and Flexibility
Rolfing works with muscle insertion points, helping to reset the stretch reflex and allowing the body to go deeper into stretches. Additionally, Rolf Movement works with perception and coordination to re-pattern existing movement habits and introduce more efficient movement possibilities.
Alernative to Surgery
While we tend to accept surgery as a necessary risk, it is still an event that our bodies take as traumatic. Rolfing can be helpful as an alternative to some structural issues, such as back pain or bunions and in some certain cases even has a better track record than surgery. In cases where surgery is necessary, Rolfing before and after can help the body to better integrate the changes as well as minimizing scar tissue and helping regain normal function.
Avoid Repetitive Use Injuries
Repetitive use injuries like Carpal Tunnel come about from a lack of adaptability in our movements. Doing an activity the exact same way over and over makes us more prone to injury than if we do it a bit differently every time, using different muscles in different ways and not placing excessive strain on any one muscle or joint. Rolfing can help free up patterns and allow adaptability back into the system.
While Rolfing is not a complete cure for Scoliosis, it does have a very good record both for improving upon and helping to maintain function for scoliotic patients. The image above is an extreme example of a teenager taken through a 10 series, but clients of all ages can expect to see improvement both in structure and quality of life.
Rolfing can often be effective in helping to reduce or eliminate headaches. Often, headaches are either caused or influenced by imbalances in the head and neck, pressures on nerves, or tensions in the back, neck, and shoulders. Almost every Rolfing session will do some work with the head and neck to improve these imbalances.
Fix Foot Issues
Modern life takes a big toll on our feet. Between shoes that are often more fashion than function and hard wood or concrete surfaces that we walk on much of the time, your feet take a beating. This leads to feet that are often less flexible than they should be and prone to a number of issues like bunions, plantar fasciitis, and various arch issues. Rolfing can both help to restore lost function and help you avoid the knife where often surgical options for the feet are ineffective in the long-term.
Pre and Post Natal Care
While deep work is not advisable during pregnancy, the gentler side of Rolfing can be very helpful to help provide comfort during pregnancy. As the body undergoes strong and rapid shifts during pregnancy, Rolfing can help to integrate the change, lowering discomfort. Rolfing is also used occasionally near delivery time to loosen hip and pelvic floor muscles either to ease delivery or induce. And after delivery, Rolfing can be a very effective tool in helping the new mother's body get back to normal.