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Rolfing is a 10 session process of soft tissue manipulation that balances and realigns the body by releasing tension patterns and reeducating movement patterns.
Rolfing was developed by Ida P. Rolf PhD in the 1960's in the United states. She initially called her technique structural integration, but it got known by her name as Rolfing, which is the name used today.
Ida Rolf discovered through her studies as a biochemist and her interest in Hatha yoga, that the cause of physical and emotional discomfort could be directly linked to the balance of the fascia (connective tissue) and gravity. External factors of life disturb the natural alignment that is available to all of us which can result in poor posture, pain and discomfort. In Rolfing we try to regain the optimal natural alignment through structural hands-on work and prevent returning to a pattern of misalignment through gentle movement reeducation.
What made Rolfing different from other hands-on approaches at the time was the fact that Ida Rolf considered the whole body in gravity rather than as different parts in isolation. The fact that there is a constant force that pulls the body straight down towards the ground, makes it more appealing to have a body where all the units are stacked exactly on top of each other in perfect alignment, rather than a situation where the different parts are considered individually.
Rolfing is a holistic approach that aims to rebalance the individual parts of the body as parts of a whole, to allow the body itself to heal injuries and relieve pain rather than targeting a specific injury in every session.

” When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then spontaneously the body heals itself”
Ida P. Rolf

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