“When the body gets working appropriately,
the force of gravity can flow through.
Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”
~Dr. Ida P. Rolf
Dr. Ida P. Rolf, who developed Rolfing® Structural Integration in the 1940’s and 50’s, understood the body’s foundational capacity to heal itself and seek balance. This idea still seems fresh to us today, along with her insistence that we all exist in earth’s gravitational field and constantly adjust our bodies and lives to that reality. Dr. Rolf reminded her students that gravity not only weighs us down, but also propels us upward; gravity keeps our feet on the ground and balances our structures so that we can walk upright. This balancing act is an interplay between the bones, muscles and connective tissues in the body. It was Dr. Rolf’s insight that the connective tissue (fascia) is the key to the relationships throughout the body. Fascia not only wraps each individual muscle, but it is continuous with the ligaments and tendons—it supports our organs and is the periosteum around the bones.
Many life events can influence the health and integrity of the fascia. Accidents, surgery, repetitive motion, poor posture, physical and emotional trauma can cause shortness, strain and imbalance throughout the connective tissue network. Rolfing releases these accumulated strains in the body, allowing greater ease of movement and more comfort in everyday activities. Rolfing sessions progressively address layers of compensation, working through all areas of the body systematically. When there is less strain in the fascia, less energy is required to maintain balanced posture.