Rolfing® Life is motion and movement

Rolfing to align your body

Experience a body in balance

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.

Experience a revitalising breath
Experience a revitalising breath
Finding support from your feet
Finding support from your feet

Who can this help?

Chronic Pain Sufferer

  • Pain relief
  • Improve range of motion
  • Improve vitality

Athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Decrease recovery time
  • Release tissue restrictions

Yogis

  • Alignment and balance
  • Improved breath
  • Improved body awareness

Mindfulness Practitioner

  • Increased sense of 'self'
  • Improved posture
  • Greater sense of support from body and environment
Rolfing Superficial Sessions

'Beginnings'

Session 1

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.

Session 2

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.

Session 3

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.

Rolfing Core Sessions

'Delving deeper into the body'

​Session 4

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.

Session 5

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 low back.

Session 6

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 low and upper back.

Session 7

Access the core from the top. By working in, on, and around the head, we balance the head and neck atop the flexible spine.

Rolfing Integration

'Through an integrative lens'

​Session 8

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.

Session 9

Integrate the upper/lower body. Changes in the other parts of the body are reviewed in light of the changes of the previous session.

Session 10

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

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.

Want a sneak peek of Rolfing?

A video by the Dr Ida Rolf Institute

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Rolfing for a better understanding of your
body's movement and how to invite possibilities to habitual patterns.