The hallmark of Rolfing Structural Integration is a standardized “recipe” known as the Ten Series, the goal of which is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body over the course of ten Rolfing sessions. Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. A practitioner also maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.
The following famous people have undergone Rolfing:
- Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers coach says, “I’m the kind of person that likes to physically challenge myself. I think (Rolfing) is a valuable resource…for keeping myself together.”
- Charles Barkley, former basketball star
- Chris Carter, ex-Minnesota Viking football star
- Qadry Ismail, Baltimore Ravens football star
- The Phoenix Suns basketball team has players work with a Rolfer
- Mario Lemieux, hockey legend
- Bob Tewksbury, ex-pitcher for the Minnesota Twins
- Ivan Lendl, former tennis champion
- Craig Swan, former N.Y. Mets pitcher, and Certified Rolfer, whose career ended from a sports injury. “Bodywork can extend athletic careers,” says Swan. “I truly believe if I had received Rolfing in the early part of my career, I would still be pitching today.”
- Bret Saberhagen, former Kansas City Royals Pitcher
- Tom Seaver, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher
- Jeff Linder, competitive cyclist [Read more…]
People come to Rolfing looking to:
- Find relief from chronic pain (repetitive strain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, low-back pain)
- Speed injury recovery
- Improve poor posture (hunched shoulders, swayback, craned neck)
- Address structural issues (scoliosis)
- Break through performance plateaus (e.g. dancing, skating, running, biking)
- Get back in touch with their bodies
For more information on the benefits of Rolfing, visit the Rolf Institute’s website.
Rolfing is a holistic therapy that realigns and reeducates the entire body to allow for more efficient patterns of movement and less strain on the body in daily life.
The short answer is no.
The long answer is that it can involve intense sensations, but today’s Rolfers never want that intensity to turn into grimaces and protective tightening in clients. Such physical responses are viewed as counterproductive to bringing about lasting change. [Read more…]