Myths About Rolfing
Rolfing is an innovative and highly effective form of manual therapy and movement education. It is not a new form of treatment. Rolfing was developed over many decades and has gained a strong reputation in providing significant changes in people’s lives. There are many myths that may keep you from experiencing the benefits of Rolfing.
MYTH: Rolfing is Painful
Rolfing can feel great leaving you deeply relaxed. Some may define it as a “good hurt” where the discomfort is temporary while tension dissipates. Because Rolfing works on the connective tissue, the treatment may seem deep as the free nerve endings are embedded within the fascia. Rolfing is a collaborative between you and the Rolfer. The Rolfer is observing and communicating with you while working to not over-excite the nervous system and induce pain.
MYTH: Rolfing is a Form of Deep-Tissue Massage
Rolfing is a whole-body approach to balancing the body while offering changes in posture, alignment, and long-term pain relief. If a client complains of localized strain, a massage session will likely focus on the area to promote circulation. During a Rolfing session the area of concern is often affected by a strain in another region of the body causing overcompensation. As the localized strain is relieved, the entire body and problem area return to a comfortable, pain-free state.
MYTH: Rolfing is Only for Chronic Pain
Pain relief may be the goal of initially seeking treatment, but the benefits provided are much more. Rolfing enables increased knowledge of how the body functions, improve posture, enhance the ability to move with ease and less effort and improve overall body function. Improvement in vitality, psychological well-being, stress relief and more joy and satisfaction in their day-to-day activities are all by-products of an increased body awareness. The post-session feeling is a sense of what it feels like to be balanced and function at a high capacity. Rolfing is extremely useful for pain conditions like headaches, migraines, postural problems, scoliosis, neck pain, lower back pain, joint pain, whiplash, post-rehabilitation recovery, post-natal recovery and much more.