What is Rolfing?

Essentially, Rolfing is a ten-step process that enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing posture and your freedom of movement. This form of bodywork was named after its founder Dr. Ida P. Rolf, who received her PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University in 1920.


More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of connective tissues, called fascia, rather than a collection of separate parts. These tissues surround and support all of the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. Rolfing works on this entire network of connective tissue to release, realign, and balance the whole body. Rolfing aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy, and leave you feeling more comfortable in your own body. It can potentially resolve discomfort, alleviate pain, and help prevent repetitive-use injury.



How it works

Rolfing traditionally works within a standardized, systematic series of ten sessions known as the Ten-Series. The goal is to balance and optimize the shape and function of the entire body rather than focus on one specific problem spot. This holistic approach sets Rolfing apart from other types of structural work such as massage or chiropractic.


While each session may serve a different function, the series maintains specific order relative to the other sessions. The practitioner keeps a holistic view of the client’s entire system throughout, thus ensuring the process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.

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