How It Works
Rolfing addresses poor posture and the chronic discomfort it causes by bringing balance to the body’s muscular and connective tissue systems. Shortness or tension anywhere in the body’s connective tissue elicits a response everywhere. Imagine what happens to the toy in this picture when you change its tensional balance by repositioning one of the pegs. Then, take a look and imagine how that same idea would apply to the balance of the “leg and foot” model. From there, it gets easier to imagine how a shoulder may be affected by a hip.
With a series of sessions, Rolfing progresses through the entire body to ensure there is the proper adaptability and support needed for correct joint alignment and function. Chronic postural imbalances cause undue wear and tear on our joints as the forces running through them are no longer neutral and balanced. It is of no surprise that, over time, the misalignment of a foot, or repeated ankle sprains are going to show up as knee pain and exposure to injury. There’s a good reason as to why we get our wheels aligned every year or so for our cars!
It is astonishing to see just how much of people’s pain and discomfort stems directly from adhered, compressed, or inflamed nerves. It is very common to find some kind of nerve trouble surrounding just about every complaint out there. When nerves become irritated they swell and harden causing tenderness to the touch, limitation to stretching, chronic protective muscle tension, mis-firing and poor coordination. Working with and calming these pockets of inflamed tissue offers the body new possibilities for posture and movement as well as a direct relief from chronic and acute pain.
Muscular Strength, Coordination, and Movement
As a result of postural improvement, joint alignment, calming inflammation, and reducing pain the body gets to recover from injury and is freed from its preoccupying limitations. This renewal of vitality provides for a whole new sense of well being. Our muscles are relieved of compensating for poor alignment, and they become more coordinated with each other, stronger and more efficient. Yoga practices deepen, athletic activities improve, stretching advances, and sitting at the desk no longer hurts all day. And the best part is...these new movement patterns help to reinforce the body’s structural changes so the work lasts longer!
Add to 'What to Expect'
The classic Rolfing series consists of 10 sessions each 75 minutes in duration. As a Certified Advanced Rolfer I generally customize a series of sessions to meet your particular needs. I encourage you to try the initial three sessions as a way of determining whether the work is meeting your goals and expectations. Full traditional series generally require eight to 12 sessions. You are welcome to try the initial session as well and it is not necessary to commit to a particular number of sessions.
In the Western paradigm, we like to differentiate and compartmentalize our bodies rather than looking at it as a whole. Rather than dig at the root source of, short breath for example, they would rather create a bandaid like a breathing machine to get you better oxygen so you rely on the product rather than fix what is preventing you from optimal breath within the body
We work 'with' the body, not on it.
For over 45 years people of all ages and walks of life have been coming to Rolfing for help with neck pain, back problems, impaired mobility and other difficulties. Others seek to improve athletic performance, enhance personal/psychological growth and improve posture.
The main focus of Rolfing is actually whole body structural integration and functional efficiency, as opposed to symptom relief. One of the key things distinguishing Rolfing from many other body-based approaches is what makes the Rolfing method so powerful: In the process of balancing the whole body many symptoms and conditions improve. However, it is usually an unresolved chronic symptom or condition that first brings most people to give Rolfing a try.
With Rolfing you can:
Improve Posture and Alignment
You will sit and stand straighter and taller with less effort. You will breathe more easily and fully and look and feel lighter.
Reduce Aches and Pains
You are likely to have less pain and tension in your body as it becomes more balanced and symmetrical, allowing for more functional, efficient movement. Rolfing can help restore effective functioning following injury, accident and repetitive strain. People often come to Rolfing for help with low back pain, neck tension, headaches, and recurring athletic injuries.
You may have easier movement and wider range of motion in joints as fascial restrictions are released. Older people will appreciate the sense of youthfulness that Rolfing produces as it restores earlier freedom of movement and grace.
Many people experience an improvement in performance in sports and activities they are involved in. Efficiency improves when your body is not working against itself and we enjoy our movement life more. For more on how sessions with Adam Mentzell can help sports performance and aide in recovery check out Rolfing and Sports Performance
Reduce stress and aid emotional Health
A freer, more responsive and comfortable body will support you in every part of your life. Many people find Rolfing an aide to their psychological, emotionaland spiritual growth and development. As deep patterns of tension and holding are released in the body we have new possibilities in how we respond to others and life in general.
For those new to Rolfing, most people opt to receive the Rolfing Ten Series which is like a “tune up” or “extreme makeover” for your entire body. Every session is roughly 75 minutes and most people receive one session per week for ten weeks. This ten session process restructures the body in segments, aiming for optimal flexibility and range of motion by balancing the body from front to back, side to side, top to bottom until complete integration is achieved. Each session builds upon the last and prepares the body for the next, integrating movement education to encourage long-term change and reduce the occurrence of future injury. Although ten sessions is recommended, most people experience very positive results after just one session.
How does it work? Rolfing®, improves range of motion by breaking down scar tissue, tension and old holding patterns. It is often the missing link for athletes who have reached a plateau in their performance or who are plagued with nagging injuries. Unlike massage, which works the muscle, Rolfing works with the 3-dimensional network of connective tissue in the body called fascia. Connective tissue consists of tendons and ligaments in the joints as well as the casing that surrounds each muscle fiber and covers every muscle in the body. It is the web that holds the body in alignment dictating our posture, flexibility and movement patterns.
Athletes put their bodies through rigorous, repetitive motions that can pull the web of fascia out of alignment causing joints (knees, ankles, back, neck, shoulders) to gradually tighten and build up scar tissue. This increased tension and strain can lead to pain, stiffness, tendonitis, lack of flexibility, increased injury and deceased performance. Rolfing® combats these effects by releasing the fascia surrounding tight muscles, lengthening tight tendons, breaking down scar tissue and increasing flexibility and range of motion. Rolfing rebalances the web of fascia around joints such as ankles, knees and hips that are often sources of pain and discomfort.