Rolfing® S. I. & Rolf MovementTM
Ida Paulina Rolf
What are Rolfing & Rolf Movement?
Rolfing® Structural Integration is a process of working on the body which involves an intense treatment of connective tissues by combining training towards movement and cultivating self-perception. It is a way of working which aims at re-establishing balance in body structure in relation to gravity, by restoring a functional relationship between the various parts of the body. It consists in a series of individual sessions lasting around one hour and a half, involving the client in an educative process aimed at restoring the faculty of self-support and orientation in space, by correcting those body tissue restrictions and those bad posture and movement habits which might give rise to various kinds of physical discomfort affecting muscles, bones, joints and internal organs, and even influencing moods and psychological conditions in general. Rolfing can be also used in order to achieve specific results. For example, athletes use Rolfing for nontraditional results to help themselves gain an additional edge in their performance, and to shorten their recovery time from injuries.
Rolf Movement is applied as full movement sessions, or can be used within Rolfing sessions as a tool for achieving higher levels of self-awareness and body-mind coherence and integration. It is a process of movement exploration devoted to specific structural and movement themes. We can use Rolf Movement for instance to explore breathing patterns in order to promote ease and release holdings in the ribs, lungs and respiratory diaphragm, to find the best way to walk, stand, sit, and perform many daily gestures and actions, or to make easier some specific movements related to a particular job, or sports, arts, etc.
Who can benefit from Rolfing & Rolf Movement sessions?
People who benefit from Rolfing and Rolf Movement sessions are from all kind and ages.
It’s particularly helpful for artists (dancers, singers, musicians, actors, acrobats, etc.), athletes and people who want to increase the quality and the level of their performances, and it could be also indicated in the course of recovery and during or after rehabilitation processes (after injuries, surgery operations, etc.), in order to restore full health and efficiency.
The main aim of Rolfing sessions is an increase in physical and psychological well-being and in the quality of life in general. Rolf Movement will be a support in your personal inquiry if you are looking for a way to extend the range of movement or achieve more freedom of movement, to increase your body awareness and the sense of your internal space, to use the space around you in order to find the best approach to perceive, to feel, to move, to perform arts, to interact and deal with your environment, etc.
Rolfing and Rolf Movement sessions can be used not only to treat existing structural and functional problems (back or/and cervical pain, ankle instability, “frozen shoulder”, etc.), or in the course of rehabilitation programs, but also as a preventive measure to help to maintain and improve personal well-being, good form and efficiency by finding connections among awareness, coordination, physical structure and psychological aspects.
In other words, we can resort to Rolfing & Rolf Movement sessions to carry out that process which, freeing the body and restoring it to the functional form nearest the archetype, also frees the finer psychic and mental functions, bringing total well-being.