Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to improve posture and reduce stress and pain. Rolfing is a ten session system that was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf more than 50 years ago. The goal of the ten session process is for people to feel more energetic and have greater ease of movement throughout their daily life. Keith is a Certified Rolfer™ and received his training at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® in Boulder, CO.
What conditions are best treated with Rolfing?
People seek Rolfing as a way to ease pain and chronic stress as well as to improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Because chronic stress often leads to tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders, Rolfing can help the body break these patterns that contribute to chronic discomfort. Athletes may also benefit from Rolfing’s ability to promote muscular efficiency.
How is it different from massage?
Through soft tissue manipulation and movement education, Rolfers affect body posture and structure over the long-term. Unlike massage, which often focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning. Rolfing is different from deep-tissue massage, in that practitioners are trained to create overall ease and balance throughout the entire structure, rather than focusing on areas presenting with tension. As a structure becomes more organized, chronic strain patterns are alleviated, and pain and stress decreases.
Furthermore, Rolfing can speed up injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness and muscle tension; improving movement and circulation around joints; and attending to both the injury and any secondary pain that may develop from favoring the injury.
Structural integration is generally performed over a series of ten sessions. This approach allows the Rolfer to affect the client’s structure in a methodical manner. This includes loosening superficial fascia before working deeper areas, improving support in feet and legs before affecting higher structures, and helping clients find ways to benefit from freer movement in their daily activities.
Keith completed his Massage Therapist training in 2006. His massage experience is from working in chiropractic offices. Keith's focus during a massage session is on broad myofascial work but he still incorporates more specific trigger point techniques when needed. Even though he has a clinical massage technique, it is done at a slower pace in a way that still maintains the aspect of relaxation that people expect during a massage. While working as a Massage Therapist in chiropractic offices he realized that therapeutic massage has its place but firmly believed there had to be an approach that looked at the structure of a person as a whole and not individual parts to be treated. His search lead him to Rolfing® Structural Integration.