“We are looking for a way to evoke human potential, to establish greater physical and mental vitality.” – Ida Rolf, PhD
Rolfing® is gaining popularity as a bodywork modality that can have life-changing results. Some common misconceptions prevent people from experiencing how dramatically Rolfing® can improve their lives. Here are three common myths and why they shouldn’t deter you from trying it!
1. Rolfing® Hurts
It doesn’t! In fact, most people are surprised at how good Rolfing® feels. Because it works on the connective tissues surrounding the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs, the work can be deep. Practitioners use a combination of breathing, stretching and collaborative communication with the client to ensure that thorough attention to what needs to be addressed in the body happens without inducing pain. Any discomfort experienced will relate to the amount of tension already stored in the tissues, but it’s the kind of discomfort clients often describe as “good hurt.” The practitioner will use slow movements, at your own pace, and cease the movement if the pressure is too uncomfortable. Clients in chronic pain can experience a sudden release of tension with an immediate subsiding of pain. The only thing that hurts about Rolfing® is not getting it done!
2. I Don’t Need Rolfing® if I Get Massage or Chiropractic Adjustments
Au contraire! Rolfing® offers a different approach and results than chiropractic and massage. Massage is meant to provide relaxation and short-term pain relief while Rolfing® provides long-lasting relief because it addresses the root of the issue. If the complaint of the client is shoulder tension, a massage will soften the muscles temporarily, but the source of the pain may be taking place somewhere else within the body causing the shoulders to overcompensate. Rolfing® works with the patterns from which the body has become accustomed to operating in, and brings the entire body back to its natural rhythm. That said, Myofascial Massage is very similar to Rolfing® as it specifically targets the fascia, but differs in not being as thorough in technique as Rolfing®. Chiropractic adjustments work with the bones, directly or indirectly improving the functionality of the nervous system and structure of the body. Rolfing® however, works with the fascia connected to every part of the body, meaning that the structure and functionality of the body are addressed on every level.
3. Rolfing® is Only Meant to Address Chronic Pain
This may be the greatest myth of them all! Rolfing® is a way to reconnect with the body emotionally, physically and spiritually. It allows for the lasting effect of experiencing greater ease and joy in day to day life. Rolfing® can bring the body back to a place of overall proper function – a state many of us are not operating from on a daily basis. It is helpful in addressing headaches, neck and shoulder tension, lower back pain, joint pain, chronic pain issues, assisting with injury rehabilitation, and in some cases an alternative to surgery. It is also a modality leading to improvement of the nervous system functionality, posture, mobility, flexibility, and an overall increase in energy. Because Rolfing® works on the tissue connecting the entire body, people will notice the body starting to work in a more efficient and fluid way; different parts of the body begin to work together in ways for which they are intended. Daily physical tasks become easier and the body becomes a tool used to enhance your quality of life. Clients have reported feeling more comfortable in their body, more grounded, a greater sense of peace, assuredness, and confidence.
Rolfing® is named after its founder Ida Rolf, who received her PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University and furthered her knowledge through research in organic chemistry at the Rockefeller Institute. She explored many forms of alternative healing including homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, and yoga. Her research led her to the conclusion that for optimal body function, the skeleton must be properly aligned to allow the body to function and move optimally through space and gravity, achieved by working with the fascia. Fascia is a fibrous tissue, primarily collagen, surrounding and supporting all of the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. By removing our fascial restrictions we can most efficiently use our musculoskeletal system, reduce pain, and increase range of motion. Rolfing® works to balance the whole body and bring the body back to the natural integrity of its form.
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Hector is a certified Rolfer combining Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy to offer a holistic approach during his sessions. He works closely with his clients on an emotional, physical and energetic level to assist in healing the root causes of pain, restrictions, and imbalances allowing the client to experience greater freedom in all areas of their lives. Let Hector show you how much better life can be by booking a Rolfing® session or Myofascial Massage with him here LINK https://www.secure-booker.com/cbw/MakeAppointment/Search.aspx