Rolfing®, also known as Structural Integration, is a form of hands-on therapy and movement education. It generates structural, functional and energetic changes within the body that help free mind, body and spirit from limitations, injury and pain.
Physical conditions (injury, habitual postures, and repetitive movements), as well as psychological attitudes and beliefs can introduce strain into your body’s structure, compromising your vertical balance. Over time the force of gravity exaggerates the strain and forces the body to use more energy to compensate for its imbalances.
Rolfing releases the accumulated strain in your body. Because your body is better balanced after Rolfing, you will expend less of your vital energies struggling against gravity. This energy efficiency is often experienced as a higher level of physical, mental and emotional vitality.
Chronic Pain is an important issue for clients. Pain can come in the form of trauma from an accident, surgeries they have had, or the day-to-day repetition of sitting at a desk. Most chronic pain clients have tried many other approaches and are still seeking something that can provide some relief. Rolfing is a great modality for people that deal with chronic pain, working deeply to unwind and restructure the body can help create less tension and pain. Listed below are some of the chronic pain problems Rolfing has helped:
Upper Body, Head and Neck
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Neck and Shoulders Strain
Lower Body and Pelvis
Low Back Pain
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Dr. Ida Rolf
Dr. Ida P. Rolf received her PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 1920 and was the first woman to hold a research post at the Rockefeller Foundation (1917–1927). She worked for over a decade at the Rockefeller Institute in the Chemotherapy and Organic Chemistry departments. During the 1930′s, Dr. Rolf studied Osteopathy, Chiropractic Medicine, Tantric Yoga and the Alexander Technique. Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues, rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations, restoring flexibility and alleviating pain. By the 1940′s, Dr. Rolf developed her work and spent the next 30 years perfecting and teaching it.
When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through, then spontaneously, the body heals itself.
-Dr. Ida Rolf
I first experienced the Rolfing® 10 series after a car accident and having severe whiplash. As I continued to receive Rolfing® for various painful symptoms I became aware of the interconnectedness of the body. I saw the results in better health, increased energy, and improved posture.
Big challenges in my life in 2018 brought me to a crossroads. I decided it was time to choose a career path with meaning for me. In 2020, I began my training as a practitioner at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, CO becoming a Certified Rolfer®.
Rolfing® has transformed the way I relate to my body, others, and the world around me. My approach is to match the pace of each client, facilitating the interactive relationship to support my client towards ease and integration in their bodies. I am excited and passionate about helping others find more freedom in their body through decreasing chronic pain and allowing for improved grace of movement.
Skyelore Stowman, Certified Rolfer®