Rolfing® Structural Integration
Rolfing® Structural Integration uses soft tissue manipulation and movement education to regain normal healthy balance in the body. It is not a massage; a Rolfing practitioner applies hands-on techniques to release tension, strains, and holdings that have caused soft-tissue misalignments. To correct these distortions, a Rolfer uses slow, deep, and direct pressure to melt or release these fascial holdings. Since fascia covers every organ, muscle and vessel in our body, it therefore plays a massive role in our body's structure, support, mobility, and balance. When the fascial holdings are released, the muscles find a healthier level of tension.
The slow, deep, direct work of Rolfing is believed to stimulate intra-fascial mechanoreceptors (sensory neurons of the muscle nerve), which in turn trigger the nervous system to reduce the tension of the related muscles and fascia. The body can then find a healthy balance; the body's entire structure is free to express a pain-free from. Once the body is appropriately working as a whole, studies show it will use muscles more efficiently while actually conserving energy, improving performance, and promoting self-healing.
In each session, Rolfers seek to impart insights to clients to increase their awareness and understanding of body structure and efficient movement, to help clients make the work their own. Ultimately, a Rolfer's job is to make themselves obsolete, by empowering the client to take charge of their own physical and emotional health.
For more information on Rolfing you can go to Patty's personal website at www.RolfingbyPatty.com.