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Rolfing and Its Healing Powers

Rolfing was developed by a biochemist by the name of Dr Ida Rolf, as a type of manipulative therapy. Some confuse it with deep tissue massage, but Rolfing is actually different from it. The basic assumption in Rolfing is that gravity and the manipulation of the body's connective tissues could bring the body back to a proper alignment. Because of endorsements and the success stories of people who have undergone this therapy, it is now recognized as a legitimate alternative therapy. It has been found successful on childhood cerebral palsy, and relieving pain and increasing range of motion.


The people who do Gravity Rolfing use hand pressure to massage or manipulate the tissue layers in the body of an individual. It sounds like deep tissue massage but it is more than that. Rolfing has nothing to do with making a muscle relax. It is rather changing body patterns responsible for problems in posture and pain problems. The approach is systematic, relationship one. Whatever the rolfer does to the body has to do with the relationships of parts of the whole body. It does not deal with only one spot.


Another thing that makes it different from massage is that Rolfing with can be a very uncomfortable experience, and not a relaxing experience as deep tissue massage is. Someone compared it to removing a splinter. It is painful but once the splinter is taken out you feel relieved.


But with the thought of the long-term benefits you get from Rolfing, one can endure the short-term discomforts. Traditionally it takes 10 therapy sessions to complete to be able to see a permanent change. But this is not a strict rule. It can take longer than this, depending on the need.


Anyone can benefit from Rolfing, but there are certain people who can benefit the most from it, like the athletes and dancers. These people usually experience physical stress and injury. And because of this, changes can be seen in the body which impedes movement. If an athlete sprains an ankle, his movement changes to compensate for the injury. With Rolfing, the connective tissues are lengthened so that the body can be transformed back into alignment due to the injury. It also then increases the efficiency and fluidity of the person's movement.


It is also beneficial for chronic pain sufferers. With Rolfing, the painful compression associated with backaches, tension headaches and neck pain, are released.


Another group that can benefit from Rolfing is the aged. With age, the muscles and joints get rigid. When this happens, a person looks old because the head tilts forwards, the upper back is curved, ankle movement is difficult, and the hips extend. This can be prevented by Rolfing so that the elderly will have a young and vital feeling in their bodies.