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Dr. Ida P. Rolf believes, “You cannot change your behavior without changing your body.” Dr. Rolf’s vision is that by aligning the body with Earth’s gravity field, can take charge of our own human evolution and step into a higher order of being Human.

Developed over 50 years ago by Dr. Ida Rolf, Ph.D., Rolfing® structural integration works on the web-like complex of connective tissue (fascia) to release, realign and balance the whole body.

It can resolve pain and discomfort from many different causes, including those related to the lingering effects of trauma, back pain, repetitive motion injury and aging. Rolfing is also an excellent foundation for and complement to yoga, pilates and other personal wellness practices.

This vision gives Rolfing® Structural Integration its distinction as a transformational approach to the body. Rolfing goes beyond the popular approach of ‘fixing.’ Any pains, problems and structural issues are addressed through the Rolfing focus on integrating the parts in relation to the whole.

Unique to Rolfing® is the focus on the body in relation to gravity–the most fundamental and constant force with which humans deal. Humans function most efficiently and effectively when the body structure is aligned and balanced in gravity. Structure determines function. The effects of gravity on a misaligned body can show up as back pain, poor posture, tight, restricted muscles and movement, compressed and painful joints, chronic fatigue and depression.

Life traumas, painful memories, emotional issues and mental stresses are stored in the tissues. This causes tightness and density, thus restricting movement and the flow of fluids. These restricted areas, plus genetic and behavioral patterns shape your body in random and unbalanced ways.

With gentle yet deep and intentional touch, the tissues can let go of the stored history. As tissues are released the Rolfer® recognizes and balances the body around its’ central vertical axis. This gives you a sense of being lifted and grounded that evokes an innate and higher order in the body.

“When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself,” said Ida P. Rolf, PhD.

Results of Rolfing are as varied as the people going through the process. Some results can be expected; pain free and graceful movement; better coordination and flexibility; enhanced performance; softening the ‘aging process;’ facilitation of change–in behavior and life; being ‘at home’ in our own skin; greater sense of vitality and well being.

Woman age 50: “Rolfing removed several stress related muscle knots that had been trapped since being physically abused in childhood. It was amazing to notice the difference in my arms and legs after the muscle knots were released. My arms and legs felt lighter and it seemed effortless to move.”

Rolfing® is a great tool for anyone who wants to make changes and move in new ways. If you are ready to shift from the paradigm of problems into unlimited possibilities, then Rolfing® Structural Integration may be the best step for you.

Source by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD

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