Rolfing® is done either as an individually tailored program or as a 10-part series, using deep tissue bodywork to release the whole-body connective-tissue stress patterns that prevent optimal functioning.
Dr. Ida Rolf was a biochemist and an avid student of yoga, osteopathy, and homeopathy. She began to apply their principles to her wellness routine. Over time, she began to focus on the fascial structure of the body and learned how to manipulate it to restore proper function.
By the 1950s, she had refined her theory and began to teach her work. In the 1970s, she asked Judith Aston, founder of Aston-Patterning™, to incorporate education into her work. Rolf's understanding of the fascial system and its impacts on body functioning has influenced many deep-tissue techniques. Several variations of Rolfing® exist.
Questioning and feedback from the patient are ongoing and an important part of each session. There is an extensive initial intake along with follow-up at each subsequent visit. Treatment focuses on fascial bodywork, which is applied along the lines of fascia and movement of the body.
It may be light or deep and may vary from the patient being passive to using active client movements while the bodywork is applied. Some movement work may be incorporated at the end.
Rolfing® sessions sequentially work through different areas and layers of the body — often called "the recipe." Practitioners use the sessions as a guideline, adjusting the rate of progression and number of visits to the needs of the client.
Rolfing® can free up the fascia to restore it to its natural position and can provide uninhibited movement. Rolfing® can reduce stress and inefficient motion when fascial functioning is maximized.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.