Benefits of Rolfing ®
… or the effects of body alignment on your life !
Your body holds itself erect with pairs of muscle groups functioning within a network of fascial sheaths. These pairs normally function in an antagonist relationship with one another. That is, when one pair contracts, the other extends to maintain proper balance. If that relationship is impaired through injury or chronic tension in one of the groups, the fascia conforms to the shortening and the rest of your body compensates to maintain balance.
Rolfing frees the shortened fascia, allowing your muscles to return to their natural length and to assist your body in releasing compensatory patterns. As this happens, your body returns to a more vertical alignment. Many benefits can result, including:
Relief from chronic pain
Greater range of motion
Increases in physical strength
Sensations of lightness and freedom of movement