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Rolfing ® Structural Integration


What is Rolfing? 

The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration defines Rolfing as, “a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the body.” By working with and repositioning the fascia, Rolfing balances, re-patterns, and realigns the body. However, Rolfing is more than just a manual  therapy, it is a process that strives to relieve the body from its restriction and discomfort due to past programming or training. Each session has a set of goals to systematically change the old patterns within the person’s body in order to refine the individual into a purer expression of self.


The benefits of Rolfing are as varied as individual clients that participate in the process. However, there are some common experiences that may occur through the Rolfing process. These include, but are not limited to...

  • Increased Body Awareness

  • Increased Range of Motion

  • Ease of Breath

  • Relief from Pain (chronic pain, recovery from injuries, sciatic, and other sources of pain)

  • Better Posture

  • Better Alignment and Space between Joints

  • Improved Athletic Performance

  • Decrease in Tension and Stress

  • Changes that Last




"Courtesy of The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration"

The 10 Series

Rolfing is a process that is experienced in ten consecutive sessions. The ten series is divided into three  groups. 

  • Session 1-3 focus on the more superficial layers of connective tissue (fascia).

  • Sessions 4-7 focus on the deeper layers of the body between the floor of the pelvis and the top of the head.

  • Sessions 8-10 focus on integrating the work done in the first seven sessions. They focus creating smooth and more efficient movement for the client as well as closure of the series.

The ten series is a recipe that helps align the body and increase overall sensation and better physical awareness.


What to Expect

Each Rolfing session generally last 60 to 75 minutes. Each session starts with general observations of how you move as well as an analysis of your structure, patterns, and any noticeable changes between sessions. The manual treatment itself is a mix of manipulations achieved by fingers, hands, knuckles, and elbows.

Clients may feel many different sensations on their skin and deep within their body. However, most sensations are brief and fade away after the pressure is released.  

What to Wear

Your comfort is the most important thing, most clothing can be worked around, however, the Rolfing "uniform" usually consists of underwear. 

  • Women, please wear a bra and underwear you are comfortable in. Sports bras are not ideal, unless they have spaghetti straps. Some women prefer wearing a bathing suit.
  • Men, boxer briefs, or briefs are best, but running shorts work great.

You will be covered with a sheet or blanket during the session, so you do not feel exposed, but you will be asked when needed to walk and move around the room in your "uniform." 


Before and After

Rolfing: Structural Integration 10 Series

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