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About Rolfing as a Natural Therapy

Dr. Ida P. Rolf
(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 body.

Feelings of wellbeing achieved through Rolfing, reflect the body's higher energy level. ?after 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?

Rolfing and Wellbeing

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.


Rolfing Training

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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