I am always so impressed when I have Massage clients tell me that their Medical Doctor or Chiropractor has suggested that they look into getting the Ida Rolf Method of Structural Integration (often referred to as “Rolfing”). I am happy to tell them what I have learned through my studies at the Guild for Structural Integration and if they are visiting Maui I guide them in how to find a Certified Rolf Practitioner (often called “Rolfers”) when they get home.
Last week I was able to give a tourist on Maui visiting from Australia a sample of session one and two (with the understanding that it would be in his best interest to get the full 10 sessions from a Certified Rolf Practitioner). He loved the work and went on-line to http://www.RolfGuild.org and was easily able to find a practitioner in his home town of Adelaide. He said it was different than other forms of Bodywork he had experienced and was eager to get the full 10 session Recipe.
Today a client asked me about The Rolf Method (he actually said “Rolfing”), his chiropractor in Kansas had suggested he look into. No doubt he will be able to find a practitioner at home.
I started wondering how many people in the Medical Community were actually suggesting this work to patients and if I could start finding some articles of endorsement – I googled and found quite a few actually. The first one I thought I’d share is from Andrew Weil M.D.
Four Reasons to Try Rolfing by Dr. Andrew Weil January 6th, 2010
Do you suffer from chronic stress, pain or bad posture? You may want to consider Rolfing. Named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing is often referred to as “structural integration.” It is not simply massage, it is a system of deep manipulation of the connective tissues that aims to restructure the fascia (the sheath of tissue that surrounds a muscle) and relieve physical misalignment.
Basic Rolfing consists of a series of 10 sessions, each focusing on a different part of the body. The practitioner applies firm, and sometimes even painful, pressure via fingers and elbows. The result? You may become more in touch with your body, experience less pain and stress, improve your posture, even release repressed emotions and diminish habitual muscle tension. People who have experienced Rolfing often find an improvement in their professional and daily activities.