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WHAT IS ROLFING?

Rolfing is a form of therapeutic bodywork that targets the connective tissue, or fascia, to realign, balance and release tension from the body.

WHAT IS FASCIA?

Fascia is the body’s organ of support. It is fibrous and relatively inelastic. It provides the framework for your structure to move and function within gravity.

The interesting thing about fascia is that no matter what positions you habitually hold your body in, it will mold and reinforce that pattern. This is fine as long as you have balanced physical mechanics and proper alignment. If any of these things are off, however, the fascia will still be there, supporting and reinforcing these pathological patterns.

Over time this tissue can stiffen, shorten, and lose elasticity, leading to pain, strain and discomfort.

WHAT SORT OF THINGS AFFECT THE FASCIA?

Fascia is affected by trauma, accidents, illness, inactivity, computer work, repetitive stress injuries, aging, sports training, and even pregnancy. Imbalances in fascia can at times lead to or exacerbate common conditions such as sciatica, plantar fascilitis, carpal tunnel, whiplash, even symptoms that mimic fibromyalgia.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROLFING AND MASSAGE?

Rolfing can look and feel similar to a deep tissue massage. But while Massage relieves tension within the body, Rolfing takes a systemic approach to relieve the actual source of that tension. Rolfing experiences vary from person to person. While some of the sensations can be intense, most often clients feel a sense of relief and release.