What the Rolfing method does

Stress , one-sided strain or injuries can throw the body’s natural movement processes out of balance. This is particularly difficult for professional groups that are physically active, such as dancers, musicians, actors or athletes. Rolfing, a targeted treatment of the tough connective tissue, realigns the body and can thus promote mobility and expressiveness.

keep the balance

It sounds paradoxical: even people who move a lot often feel stiff, awkward and tense. This can be caused by constant loads, poor posture or fixed movement patterns.

If the musculoskeletal system is out of balance, gravity puts a strain on joints, bones and organs. To compensate for the pressure, the body reacts by adapting: the inner network of tough connective tissue (“fascia”) hardens and strengthens the unhealthy posture. Joints lose mobility, muscles tense, breathing becomes shallow.

Rolfing for more mobility

“People who are physically active professionally or in their free time feel this corset particularly intensively,” explains the Berlin Rolfing therapist Theres Grau. “Anyone who dances a lot, plays theatre, makes music or  practices yoga  knows this feeling against inner tension to fight – if, for example, the neck is tense or the shoulders are not relaxed.”

Rolfing frees the body from its tissue corset. With gentle impulses or intensive touches with the hands, the Rolfing therapist detects inner hardening, loosens adhesions and stretches the connective tissue on the head, torso, back, pelvis, arms and legs.

The body segments can return to their natural position, the body straightens up under gravity, becomes more flexible and elastic. At the same time, clients learn to perceive posture and movements better.

Aim of the Rolfing treatment

The treatment usually includes ten sessions that build on one another, each of which is dedicated to a topic: for example breathing, contact with the ground or the position of the head. Rolfing is less about relieving acute symptoms. Rather, the bodywork is a process to promote uprightness, expressiveness and mobility.

This can reduce or resolve complaints, but also stimulate changes on other levels: “Many clients report that they go through life more self-confident and upright,” says Grau, “after the treatment it is often easier for them to express themselves authentically with their bodies .”

Rolfing goes back to the American biochemist Dr. Ida Rolf back. As early as the 1950s, Rolf developed this form of bodywork, which is now practiced worldwide. There are around 220 trained Rolfers in Germany.

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