Experience a body in balance
Alignment and balance
Rolfing is a holistic manual therapy centered around the core principles of aligning the body through the fascia. It focuses on optimising the structure and function of the human body, recognising this as a fundamental component of overall health and well-being. This transformative approach aims to harmonise the body, promoting a sense of balance and facilitating greater ease of movement. Rolfing seeks to guide individuals in discovering a natural and effortless way to move within gravity.
Bring your body back into balance through a series of ten sessions, also called the 'Ten Series'. Below is a diagrammatic overview of the process of how Rolfing restores balance between structure and movement to your entire body.
The diagram outlines how we cover the whole body and how each session leads onto the next.
Rolfing is not a one size fits all approach. Every session is built around your needs.
Rolfing is a unique combination of hands on bodywork free your body and movement education to embed and feel the benefits of a body in balance.
Rolfing is for everyone.
Life is motion and movement
This postural movement education is based on the principles of Rolfing. Where the Ten Series deals with patterns of structure, Rolf Movement helps facilitate a more balanced, efficient and easeful body movement.
Rolf Movement intervenes on a perceptual level, bringing awareness and mindfulness to your habituated movement and exploring the sensation of freer and more fluid motion. In this way, we are able to make a sustainable change for optimal body use.
How do we achieve this?
The practitioner uses language, touch and gentle guidance to teach you ways to relearn and integrate movement and bring about mobility, vitality, grace and ease into your everyday life.
Movement can be done as part of an effective complementary approach to your Ten Series or in small groups.
How I work with you to improve your quality of life
Open your breath. A free and open breath prepares your body for the demands of the upcoming changes. A full breath provides support for your chest, shoulders, and neck. Some work on your arms may occur.
Find your feet. Opening your breath changes the physical demands on your feet, so we create flexibility and adaptability there so that the whole body can feel supported.
Lengthen your sides, balancing front and back. Now we open up the sides of your body and differentiate the tissue of the pelvis from that of the ribs to allow the pelvis more movement options.
Find support for and access "the core" from the bottom. The core begins from the base of the pelvis up through the roof of the mouth. This session is about finding support through your ankles up along your inner leg before accessing your core.
Access the core from the front. We focus on the deep tissues dealing with the front of the spine and core space to establish flexibility in the lower back.
Access the core from the back. We address the deep tissues of the back of the spine and core space to establish flexibility in the lower and upper back.
Access the core from the top. By working in, on, and around the head, we balance the head and neck atop the flexible spine.
Integrate the upper/lower body. Depending on the needs that present themselves, we solidify changes in the upper or lower body. Integration sessions help reprogram movements and make changes last.
Integrate the upper/lower body. Changes in the other parts of the body are reviewed in light of the changes of the previous session.
Integrate the entire body. We coordinate soft tissue movement across multiple joints so that movement can be as free as possible.
Originally created by Matt Hsu, Certified Rolfer®, and Dr Ida Rolf Institute