Rolfing is a method of freeing your body into a finding a more balanced, comfortable and healthier you. It is not a type of massage. It is deep transformative experience of sessions that involve deep myo-fascial bodywork and movement education for integration of the changes made to your tissues (read: making changes and getting you to own the changes as part of your new habits). To fully get the benefits of the treatments, you are invited to be actively involved in the sessions. The results that will stay with you for life are those that are found together as Petró helps you learn and transform your old patterns of movements and free yourself of your restrictions.
As much as Rolfing is a process that has a beginning and an end, it can’t be overestimated how beneficial it can be to find a practitioner such as Petró who can help you find your way back to a more healthy alignment in your body and your life. Life is long, and having a manual therapist who can have that intimate understanding of your body and help you deal with the curve balls and stresses that life throws at us can be infinitely supportive of a long and healthy life.
What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?
Rolfing is the name that was given to the manual therapy and educational process that was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1950’s. It has an unequalled ability to change a person`s posture, structure and movements as it is a method that addresses posture, chronic and acute pain, and mobility.
It is the art and science of how to unwind the compensations of life; our postures, habits, occupations, accidents, sports, etc. Rolfers use a holistic approach to improve balance, movement, expression and health. People seek Rolfing as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and to improve athletic performance and find ease and balance in their professional and daily activities.
The outer shape of the body, and the way it moves, reflects how well it is functioning. A Rolfers’ general goal is to bring the parts, (head, torso, pelvis, legs and feet) into a better alignment and a more supportive relationship.
Through the Rolfing process, we co-create a more harmonious body, where the balanced tensions in the fascia support and reinforce your structure, giving it an effortless “lift”. During the process the patient notices improved balance in some parts of the body. In most cases a pleasant feeling of rightness is experienced, a new perception of the body as it always should have been. Clinical research shows that the process of Rolfing allows a person to have more effective and efficient use of their muscles, which aids in conserving energy, reducing chronic stress in the body, and supporting general health.
“Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelenting threatening environment. Those over forty may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: they are off balance, they are at war with gravity.”
Dr Ida P. Rolf