“Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as a constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening environment. Those over 40 may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem, so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: they are off balance. They are at war with gravity.”
— Ida Rolf, courtesy of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Boulder
Developed by Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry and physiology from Columbia University in 1916. In her scientific research, she made a fundamental discovery about the human body: The same network of connective tissue (fascia) which contains and links the muscle and skeletal system when it is healthy and balanced can be used to reshape it when it is out of balance due to past injuries, accidents, trauma, emotional blocks, and mis-use.
Rolfing now refers to a system of body education and physical manipulation originally called “Structural Integration“. In Dr. Rolf’s own words, ”When the physical body gets into difficulties, trouble spreads to the whole man. It affects his consciousness, and he calls it stress.” She recognized that lack of stress actually came with what she called balanced function- the balance of the body with the field of gravity. In her way of seeing, “stress is imbalance, visible as the inappropriate position of the body components in space”.
Rolfing is basically twofold: by hands on manipulation, the soft tissue is brought toward its normal (anatomically efficient) position: calling for what is considered appropriate movement, then allows the structure to realign itself.
This is done by a working relationship between practitioner and client. The “Rolfer” assists the client, through physical manipulation, to discover and release holding patterns of tension that are not even recognized until after they are released and new movement patterns have been established. This recognition of ‘only after the release’ comes from the fact that tension held in the body may cause an anesthetizing affect between body and brain; the brain stops getting the message of pain from the body and the imbalance is sent through the entire body, thus changing it’s form and movement and overall balance.
- A Basic Rolfing series generally consists of 10 sessions of approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
- An Advanced Rolfing series of approximately 5 sessions is also available for those who have completed the Basic Rolfing series and for whom sufficient time has allowed the original work to assimilate.
David Delaney, MA., LPC, ACR
Certified Advanced Rolfer ® & Rolf Inst. member since 1985
NeurOPTIMAL®Neurofeedback Training Tomatis® Method Practitioner
Currently seeing clients in New York City, NY
Office Phone: 303-815-3160