“Humans have always
developed and still live within the gravity pull of the earth. They
must make peace with this energy field, whatever it really
is…..The energy of this field can enhance or dissipate
the energy of the individual man. You cannot change
the energy field, but you can change the man.”
Dr. Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979)
The term “Rolfing®” refers
to a system of body education and physical manipulation. Stress,
strains, traumatic injury and even simple every day life can
cause an array of issues. Rolfing unwinds these issues
in your body facilitating the rediscovery of your natural grace
• Posture and Alignment
• Aches and Pains Including Chronic Pain
• Athletic Performance
• Stress, Emotional and Physcological Health
Feel yourself whole, healthful,
and dynamically integrated
with forces that modern life trains us to otherwise swim against.
What others have said about Rolfing®:
me more comfortable in my own skin."
“Oh Rolfing® isn’t
like a tune up or an oil change; it's a huge transmission overhaul…That’s
what you did to me----changed out my transmission!!”
"If massage is an ice cream
sundae, Rolfing® is eating your vegetables."
"Most people work too hard
all day long, just to keep themselves standing up. Rolfing® aligns
and organizes your body, so you don't have to fight against
"Y'know how easy it is
after living a bunch of years to feel that work, injuries
and stress have got you tied in knots, and you're stiff and
sore and wonder where your energy went? Well, Rolfing® unties
"Rolfing® teaches you
to relax the muscles that make you crooked."
"Rolfing® brings out
the deliciousness in your body."
"Trying to describe Rolfing® is
like trying to describe chocolate. You just have to try it."
“Rolfing® is a mysterious
cult of pagan practitioners who worship the goddess Gravina
the high priestess of gravity, and demonstrate their devotion
by physically realigning humans who wish also to worship
and feel her power of restorative well being.”
“Rolfing® dun make a
body stand straight and purdy, then move with ease like a sleek
"A serious therapy with
a funny name."
The word Rolfing® is a service
mark of the Rolf
Institute of Structural Integration.
So...What is Rolfing?
The term “Rolfing®” refers
to the system of hands-on body education and physical manipulation
to balance the body’s structure, and thus posture, so
that you can move more easily and efficiently in the gravity
we live in. It is an original and scientifically validated
method of structural integration that is the product of more
than 50 years of study and development by Dr. Rolf.
As a Rolfer, I am looking for where you have
gotten “stuck” over time. Our bodies are
our life experiences. As we move through life we compensate
for injuries, physical and emotional traumas, work postures,
and habitual activities including athletics. The result
of these compensations is that the soft tissues begin to shorten,
become stiff and lose elasticity making us uncomfortable in
our bodies. We find less ease and sometimes pain in sitting,
standing and moving though our day to day routines. Even
simple movements can become cumbersome and exhausting.
Rolfing releases the body’s segments
(legs, torso, arms, etc.) from many of these lifelong patterns
of tension and bracing and permits gravity to realign them. With
guided movements, the Rolfer slowly stretches and repositions
the body’s fascia, which is the supportive wrapping of
the body. This restores normal length and elasticity
to the network of deep connective fibers of the fascia and
allows these changes in the ‘wrapping’ to occur.
The ‘wrapping’ we are working most
directly with is the myofascial system…. Fascia is a
complex web of tissue that covers and connects muscles (‘myo’)
and bones (as well as other body organs). It covers individual
muscles, but also forms broad sheaths that in turn form a completely
interconnected web throughout the body. Dr. Rolf called
this network of fascia, with its ability to compensate for
and adapt to strain anywhere in the body, the "organ of
In a Rolfing session, I apply hands-on pressure
this fascia using my hands and forearms. In applying
pressure and direction and sometimes asking for small movements
on your part, the fascia lengthens, repositions, and releases
where it is stuck. Where the fascia has adapted to strain,
its release can facilitate your gradual rediscovery of more
freedom of movement, improved balance and function, improvement
in symptoms such as pain or muscle soreness, and a greater
sense of well-being.
Rolfers are trained at the Rolf Institute of
Structural Integration, located in Boulder, Colorado. Further
information on Structural Integration and on Dr. Rolf's work
can also be found through the Guild for Structural Integration.
First developed in the early 1900’s by
Dr. William Sutherland and further significantly developed
over the past 25 years by John Upledger, Craniosacral therapy
has gained rapid acceptance among health practitioners due
to its non-intrusive nature and how it works with the entire
structure, physiology, mind and spirit. As a Rolfer and
a Craniosacral Therapist I tend to integrate the Craniosacral
therapy into my Rolfing sessions. I find it provides
an enhancement to my Rolfing work as well as solid grounding
and a ‘clearing of the cobwebs’ at the end of each
So What Is It?
Cranio refers to the cranium, or head, and
sacral refers to the triangular shaped bone at the base of
the spine that includes and ends with the tailbone. These
are connected by the spine and surrounded by a continuous membrane
system housing the brain and spinal cord.
The spinal fluid is pumped through the membranes
and creates a quality and rhythm which can be monitored and
balanced. It can be palpated (felt) most easily on the
head, but can be perceived anywhere on the body through the
movement of the fluid between the cells of the body.
How Can It Help?
Restrictions that result from injury (including
head injuries), inflexibility of the joints of trhe spine and
cranium, or from dystunction in other parts of the body, can
cause abnormal motion in the craniosacral system leading to
stress in the system which can then lead to dysfunction and
How Does It Feel?
As your craniosacral system comes into balance,
you will usually feel a release of accumulated stress and a
general sense of well-being.
Through Craniosacral Therapy techniques, I
check the movement of the system as a whole by locating specific
points of restriction in the cranium. When abnormal motion
is detected, I then locate the point of restricted movement
and bring about a release by gently tractioning which elongates
the continuous membranes throughout the craniosacral system.
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How Can You Benefit From Craniosacral
Infants and children as well as adults benefit. The
manipulation of these bones of the craniosacral system can
affect ease and relief from stress, head injuries, temporomandibular
joint dysfunction (TMJ) , headaches (yes, migraines too), sinus
congestion, recurring ear infections (especially in children), and
tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Victims of spinal cord
injury, stroke, and head injuries can also receive a degree
of benefit from Craniosacral work.