The benefits of Rolfing that are most commonly experienced include and are not limited to the following:
BODY - Alignment, posture and shape more closely approach symmetry and functional balance.
BREATHING - More freedom and ease in breathing. Greater depth and distribution of breath throughout the torso often accompanied by a measurable increase in vital capacity.
MOVEMENT - Truer alignment of body segments in motion. Greater resilience and flexibility. Smoother,
more “light and free” quality of movement. Increased and more symmetrical ranges of motion.
ENERGY - A sense of increased vigor and more available energy. More efficient use of energy. Normalization of perceived temperature in extremities.
BODY AWARENESS - Increased, more sophisticated levels of proprioception and kinesthesia. A sense of mental clarity and increased perceptual activity.
RELAXATION - Lower daily tension levels. Lowered tendency to express stress as physical tension. Deeper levels of relaxation more easily obtained.
EMOTIONAL - Feelings more accessible and recognizable. Facilitation of therapy or other growth processes. An increase in the depth of insight.
SLEEP - Deeper, more restful sleep. Reduced insomnia.
BODY TISSUES - Improved skin tone and color in normal and scarred skin. Softer, more resilient texture to muscle and soft tissues.
The ROLFING process often improves the situation of individuals who have a history of:
1. Injury or illness that creates residual scar tissue,
adhesions, or chronic postural adaptation to pain.
Examples: surgery, fractures, disease.
2. Chronic misuse, stress on the physical structure. Examples: improper exercising, faulty
posture, repetitive stresses, habitual activities (work, sports, sleep, computer programmers,
postal carriers, dancers, hair stylists, baseball pitchers, golfers.)
3. Emotional tension and psychological stress affecting the
body as patterns of held tension and restriction of free
movement, etc. Examples: teeth grinding, hunching of
shoulders, restriction of breath, tight throat, chest, or belly.