Rolfing is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. Clients have reported the release of deep emotions buried in the bodies tissue.
What to Expect
What to Expect
Sessions usually last 75 minutes and are spaced a week or more apart in most cases. Sessions typically begin with a standing structural analysis where the practitioner identifies patterns, assesses function, and observes changes session to session. Hands-on work is done on a comfortable table as well as seated. Clients are actively engaged in the process of sessions, and unlike most other forms of bodywork, you will be asked to participate by moving in specific ways that increase the effectiveness of the hands-on work.
As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner will apply pressure to the fascia, working the entire body in a systematic way. The client participates in the process by moving, breathing and releasing the holding patterns within the connective tissue, allowing the innate balance of the body to become the teacher. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position. In addition to physical manipulation, Rolfing includes education in using your realigned body properly, and exploration of the emotional issues that may arise as your body changes.
Like deep tissue massage, clients may experience intense and unexplained emotions over the course of a series of sessions, either on the table, or between sessions. We all store emotions in the tissue, so when this tissue is touched (especially at deeper levels), the emotions may surface. This is natural part of the process for many people.