What is Rolfing ?
Postural habits, repetitive movements, a sedentary life-style, life incidents (accidents, diseases, surgery…), emotional shocks and chronic stress create continual constraints in the body, that increase with time and with the compressing effect of the force of gravity. This leads to loss of mobility, pain, awkward or inappropriate postural habits and then, to loss of elasticity in the fascial network of the body.
Developed in the sixties in the United States by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing® Structural Integration is a hands on educative approach to posture based on the effect of gravity and work on fascias. Thanks to the amazing capacity of our organism to adapt and to the plasticity of our tissues, Rolfing allows us to find adequate alignment and dynamism around our vertical axis. The outcome is a feeling of flexibility, of stability, and the decrease in or disappearance of pain.
Through its educative approach and touch, Rolfing invites us to explore the unique way in which we feel, hold ourselves and move. We will learn to refine our perceptions of our own body, of the surrounding space, of time and of our relationships to others with a progressive sense of ease and trust.
Today, Rolfing is one of the best known and widespread postural and structural methods in the United States, Brazil, Japan and Australia as well as in many European countries such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland, England, Spain, Holland…
What is fascia ?
Fascias can be compared to the skin of an orange, that separate each segment and pulp of the fruit and that can be fine or dense, depending on where they are located. In the body we call it the connective tissue. It surrounds and connects muscle groups, each muscle and each muscle fibre as well as the viscera, the nerves and the meninges.
Like a three-dimensional envelope, fascias bring support to our physical structure. It is like a true organ of posture that adapts to repetitive movements and tends to become distorted or shrink with time.
More or less innervated, fascias respond to touch with a speed that exceeds nerve impulses. As if we were touching a spider web, the information gets transmitted to the surrounding fascial net which reorganises itself after only a few manipulations.