What Is Rolfing Massage Therapy?

Everyone needs a massage from time to time. Massage therapy unknots hard-working muscles and gives your body time to relax and release stress. One massage technique is Rolfing.

The name sounds like something to do with vomiting, but it is actually a technique for rehabilitative massage therapy. Any number of things in your life can get your body out of whack. The problem with being out of whack is that you seldom return your body to its normal state. For some, aches and pains become a usual everyday occurrence.

Living with the effects of stress, poor body alignment and injury is not supposed to be a fact of life. With Rolfing, that can be changed for the better. Rolfing massage therapy is often done in a group of ten sessions for maximum benefit to the participant.

The process deals with muscles and the fascial layer that binds them together. When you have injuries that result in aches, the muscles are out of line. Scarring of the fascial tissues as they reform and heal can cause the muscles to reposition in the wrong place. Therefore, straightening an injured finger or stretching your knee can become harder and more painful until you stop moving it much altogether.

A Rolfing therapist (called a rolfer) begins their massage by doing a palpating exam of the body. They are feeling for places where the fascia is disturbed and the muscles are not their usual shape or in the proper position. These are the areas that need to be tended to during the massage.

During the second step of the massage, the rolfer uses their hands to manually separate the muscles from the fascial layer in order to break up any adhesions they felt during the first step. The body won’t be able to realign properly until the muscles are freed. You may feel pressure but nothing should hurt you. Tell the rolfer is you feel pain.

The last step of Rolfing massage therapy involves reintegrating the muscles into their proper position. If you suffered from back pain, you may find that you can stand a bit taller after Rolfing. Some patients feel renewed energy in their bodies that is almost immediate.

Rolfing helps people who have back pain, neck or shoulder pain, leg and head pain - to name a few. When you walk, the pull of gravity on your body increases pain when the body is not in line as it needs to be. After completing Rolfing massage therapy, your body will feel taller and your upper body will be elevated as your shoulders roll back into position. You now have a greater range of movement than ever before.

Rolfing massage therapy helps with body alignment issues that are causing pain due to injury, stress and other conditions. Rolfers work to diagnose areas of misalignment due to fascial adhesions and reposition your muscles to alleviate pain.