Why is Rolfing® good for you?
We believe that our body should bring us from place A to place B and be fit whenever we wish to perform any kind of activity. And if suddenly it doesn’t work anymore, we consult an expert in order to have it fixed like a car would be repaired by the mechanic.
Stop for a moment and read the last sentence again: we consult an expert…
Why should someone else know YOUR body better than yourself?
How come that someone else is able to feel and understand YOUR body better than you do?
YOUR body is a big part of who you are. Owning your body, feeling and understanding it puts you back in a place where you feel safe, secure and confident in the world. And this feeling is incredibly empowering!
And this is what you will gain by going through the Rolfing® sessions: you will take back the ownership of your own body and you will feel again a complete human being, safe and confident in the world!
People that underwent the Rolfing® sessions report a significant improvement of any chronic condition such as: shoulders, neck, back, knee, hip… pain. This is the result of the reintegration of the entire body into a more functional and more efficient human being.
If you are curious to learn more about the Rolfing® sessions contact me!
A description of Rolfing® (aka Structural Integration - SI) provided by its developer, Dr. Ida Paulina Rolf
Photo courtesy of Certified Advanced Rolfer® David Kirk-Campbell
“Structural Integration is a technique which is organising and ordering a body and bringing the muscles back to the place where they belong in terms of their theoretical order.
Structural Integration, sometimes called Rolfing® for the fact that it was developed by Ida P. Rolf, namely myself, is a technique to make the person feel more effective, more efficient, better organised and better coordinated because is in the gravitational field, accepting it, working in it and with it instead of fighting it as the average random body has to do.
In Structural Integration we expect to give a cycle of 10 sessions.
There is a reason for this: we are not dealing with local problems, we are not dealing with the kind of thing that you can say: “Well I fixed that, that’s all”. We are dealing with an attempt to make a body a sturdier human being, to make a body more secure, more adequate within the field of gravity.
This requires that muscles are balanced around a vertical line.
When I talk about balancing muscles I am talking about balancing the right side against the left side, about balancing the front of the body against the back of the body and finally about balancing the innermost muscles against the outermost muscles, the inside against the outside. This is the most important of those balances.
In the frame of the 10 sessions, which is basic to this work, there is a complete overview of what is going on in terms of the muscular and fascial pattern inside the body.
What we are interested in doing is setting muscular groupings where they belong in order to work most efficiently within the gravity field, in order to support the body with the least effort.”
Free transcription of this YouTube video
What is Rolfing®?
Rolfing® is a massage therapy developed by Dr. Ida Paulina Rolf between 1945 and 1979.
Ida Rolf was an American woman born just a few years prior to 1900 and she was the first woman to get a PhD in Biochemistry.
Needless to say that she was very determined to push her way through a world that was very much dominated by men and starting from her knowledge of Biochemistry, her curiosity on disciplines like Osteopathy and Homoeopathy as well as Tantra Yoga, she developed a revolutionary method known as Structural Integration (or Rolfing®), a technique based on the manipulation of fascia (aka connective tissue).
Ida Rolf’s method has been incredibly innovative for two main reasons: she has been the first to understand the major role of fascia in the organisation of the body, much before the current research, and she has been the only one, up to today, to look at the body in the gravitational field and to understand the role of gravity in the organisation of fascia.
Fascia is an ubiquitous sensory organ, full of motor receptors, that was initially thought to have a supportive and connective function (here the name connective tissue).
If the anatomists were capable of dissecting a body so that only the fascial web was left, the shape of that body, from the skull to the feet, would still be perfectly visible. The same wouldn’t be possible if only muscles or bones were left.
From the very first moment the embryo is formed gravity is present in our life and because of that feeling it in the body is a complex experience. However, if we were to live in an environment without gravity our entire body would organise itself in a completely different way.
Put fascia and gravity together and you will have the human being in its full potential for movement and for being.
Add belief systems, personal history, cultural habits, body image, physical and emotional traumas and you have the human body deprived of most of its potential.
Rolfing® is a method that aims to reestablish the lost potential for movement and for being and uncovering the full human being.
How does Rolfing® work?
Rolfing® is organised in 10 sessions, each of which focuses on a specific part of the body and has a specific goal with the aim of reestablishing the natural alignment of the human being in gravity.
Prior to the first session, a preliminary get-to-know meeting is required to present and clarify a few important aspects of the Rolfing® method and for the client to inform the Rolfer® about the reason behind the desire of undergoing the process of the 10 sessions, about any chronic pain, past injuries or operations.
The first 3 sessions are traditionally carried out on the most superficial fascial layers, whereas the following 4 sessions on the deepest layers. The last 3 sessions aim to re-integrate the body in gravity.
The session usually starts with the analysis of the posture in standing and walking, to continue on the massage table with the work on the fascia, to finish back to standing to reorient the body in gravity.
Prices and schedule
|Rolfing® session||ca. 120 minutes||€ 80|
- The sessions are carried out in Heidelberg from Monday to Saturday between 10:00 and 16:30