Rolfing is an alternative healing therapy based on the concept of structural integration. It believes that the relationship between the connective tissues and the earth’s gravitational force is responsible for well-being of a person, and any imbalance in this relation is the root of all discomfort. Thus, rolfing therapy provides solutions that realign, balance and enable an easy interaction between the body and gravity.
This therapy was devised by Dr. Ida Rolf, a biomedical student, who studied various alternative therapies like osteopathy, chiropractic medicine and yoga, and finally, after years of study and research, devised a healing technique guided by three basic concepts. They are:
- Our body functions much better when in sync with the earth’s gravity
- Body of most of the human beings is not in proper alignment with the earth’s gravitational field
- A human body is changeable and can be gradually brought back in alignment with the earth’s gravity.
Rolfers (rolfing practitioners) often conduct a sequence of 10 sessions and guide the body into a position and movements that balance and realign the structure as well as movements. Each session lasts for about 60 – 90 minutes, and has a specific goal for every patient. The rolfer manipulates the connective tissues so that they can work in balance and synchronise with the muscles in an aligned fashion. Some patients find rolfing therapy to be painful, however, it has evolved over the years and become far more gentle than the traditional form. The results of rolfing therapy are subtle but can be easily noticed, as this therapy gives the body a better posture and makes the body movements easier.
Rolfing is a safe practice that does not cause any side effects or other bodily harm. However, as the therapy is involved with deep tissue manipulation, pregnant mothers and people with vascular disorder, skeletal disorders or other issues related to blood clotting should consult a healthcare professional before taking up this alternative remedy.