Rolfing as a Natural Therapy
(Dr. Ida P. Rolf, originator of Rolfing and founder
of the Rolf Institute)
Rolfing is a technique
developed by Dr. Ida Rolf. It is aimed at re-establishing the natural
alignment and structural integration of the human body for vitality and
wellbeing. This takes place over a series of ten sessions of around 90
minutes per session. Each session has its own goals, although the sessions
are very much tailored to your own body structure and emotional process.
Rolfer and client work together as a team to allow more flexibility, mobility
and fluidity into your system.
The techniques of
Rolfing involve slow, deep stretching around joints, lengthening of shortened,
bunched tissues and freeing up stuck, frozen tissues so that your body
moves in the way it was meant to. You will feel a lift up through the
centre of your body as the joints float out of their collapsed state.
You will also be shown how to sit and walk in order to maintain your new
Rolfing, people report feeling lighter and better balanced . Movement
feels easier as if the joints have been lubricated. Feelings of well-being
reflect the body's higher energy level?
Along with the physical
freedom, most people experience a marked degree of emotional freedom and
wellbeing. This occurs because we all hold onto emotional tension which
manifests itself as stress and fear. The Rolfing process, whilst balancing
our overlying structure, also allows our whole inner system to settle
into balance, this gives us more energy and reduces stress. You would
normally start feeling these benefits from the first session.
The Rolf Institute
was founded in 1971 in Boulder, Colorado by Dr. Ida Rolf, who held a doctorate
in biochemistry. All Rolfers are certified through the Institute and trainings
are held in America, Europe, Brazil and Australia. Rolfing is a postgraduate
course for individuals who have completed the required coursework in anatomy,
physiology and kinesiology, have demonstrated an ability in hands-on work
such as massage and who have the maturity and sensitivity to work with
people using this technique. Most Rolfers would take a minimum of 2 years
to complete their prerequisites prior to basic training with a further
seven years of continuing education culminating in the advanced training.
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