The goal of Rolfing is to allow the body to move naturally into a good posture by eliminating the causes of skeletal misalinignments and restoring the body’s connective tissue into a healthy state.
Our bodies are constantly affected by the forces of gravity. When we are out of balance, gravity drags us down, just like it drags down a building that has lost its architectural integrity. Whether the body’s structural integrity was exhausted by poor posture, injury, illness or emotional distress, an unbalanced body is struggling with gravity, causing pain, stress, and decreased energy.
When the body looses its structural integrity, the fascia shortens and thickens in patterns of strain and tightness. These patterns manifest in slouched bodies with heads too far forward, knock knees or bowed legs, flat feed or high arches, spinal curvatures, tilted pelvis and numerous other structural misalignments.
Structural Integration is a gentle hands on technique used to free these holding patterns and fascia restrictions to move and retrain the body and posture back into balance. With controlled pressure and direction the fascia is softened and lengthened, allowing the body to “right” itself effortlessly in gravity. The fascia sheaths that surround muscles loosen and realign the tissue around joints which create better balance, posture, movement and function.