How it Works
Rolfing works by balancing the tensional pulls of the muscles and their surrounding fascia throughout the body. Many people in pain assume that the problem lies where it hurts; this is usually not the case. Often, symptoms show up in an area that is forced to compensate for an imalance that lies elsewhere in the body. Take this analogy for example: a crack in a wall of a house is almost always indicative of a structual issue somewhere else. One might choose to fill in and repaint the crack, and the symptom will disappear temproarily. But, since the underlying cause has not been addressd, the crack is sure to return.
When our bodies fall out of balance, whether it be from an accident or injur, a repetitive golf swing, sitting at a desk, playing a musical instrument, holding our children, or from gravity pulling down on poor posture, we are forced to compensate for this loss of balance. Thankfully, our bodies are smarter than the house in the analogy, and we can make these changes and still perform our daily activities. However, it is most often these compensatory patterns that bring us in to painful and restrictive situations. By stretching, lengthening, and repositioning the muscles and their fascia and by the re-education of old movement patterns. Rolfing restores balance in the body and allows it to work more freely, efficiently, and with greater potential.