What does the Rolfing series offer?
Each successive session of Rolfing builds upon the results of the previous session, providing for a progressive evolution of healing and development. This system is educational and not limited to resolving only physical limitations. It promotes a deeper understanding of one’s physical behaviors and posture choices and it manifests a more harmonious alternative. In plain terms, Rolfing is much like gardening. If you want to grow healthy plants, it is necessary to begin with a mental image of a successful presentation and follow up with an investment of some time and effort toward reaching your goal. Once the “garden” has the look you originally envisioned, periodic maintenance visits help retain that look in the face of a changing environment that may affect individual components.
Do I have to do the Rolfing series to receive the benefits of occasional Rolfing?
Generally, as a Rolf Practitioner Lorenz will be looking to move the client to completing the Rolf series even if they come in occasionally. Simply, Rolfing is a progressive series. Even when the spacing of the client’s sessions are far from ideal (ideal being one week apart), Lorenz will look to improve upon any postural regression and then pursue the course of the ten series of Rolfing.
I know the positive effects of Rolfing. What are the some of the possible uncomfortable or negative side effects?
Rolfing negative side effects, if any, are temporary. Most common side effect if the client is new to bodywork, is the release of long held body toxins, which may lead to having cold symptoms days later. Additionally, some may have reaction such as headaches, soreness, swelling, and or nausea.
Lastly, on a physical level, minor bruising may appear near tissues that, when touched, caused the client to have a “jumpy” reaction.
Note: It is important for the client to clearly describe not only their pain symptoms, but any other health issues that they might have before their first Rolfing session. Keep in mind that Rolfing may not be appropriate for individuals who have circulatory issues, cardiopulmonary disease, a musculoskeletal disease, neurological disorder and or high levels of psychological stress. Also, if you have not recently engaged in strenuous exercise or are under extreme stress of any kind, Rolfing may not be for you. Please ask your doctor if Rolfing is right for you.
What Should I Do After a Rolfing Session?
If you want to minimize any possible negative side effects after a Rolfing session, be good to yourself! Resting and drinking plenty of water will help in preventing soreness and aid in removing toxins from your body. It is important to minimize exercise of 2 or 3 days even though you might be feeling better and have an improvement in your range of motion or a reduction in pain. If you don’t follow this advice, you are at risk of having one or more of the negative side effects discussed above. Additionally, retention of the received work in Rolfing requires you to become aware of your new motor pathways in your life activities. The new motor pathways will support the new structural alignment. (If you return to your normal life activities with no mindfulness of the Rolfing process, old motor pathway will be used and your structure will return to your pre Rolfed state.)
How does Rolfing Work?
To create the changes in the body’s structure alignment, the Rolfer works with the body’s connective tissues or fascia. Most individuals do not know that fascia is the prima meterial, the basic substance of the body. In embryological development the fascial network has tissue tendrils growing out of it and as the embryo develops and differentiates, the fascia continually incase each fragmentation of the embryo’s development.
The tissue tendrils are not only casings that allow for differentiation and lubrication; they are also the predominant material of which bones, muscles, nerves, and organs consist. Thus, fascia has the potential to influence every cell of the body.
With gravity, poor biomechanics and posture, injuries and/or over training, fascia becomes restricted, resulting in significant unnecessary tension on a body’s systems. Since fascia separates, supports, connects and protects everything, when restrictions occur the effects can be far-reaching. Studies have found that fascial releasing therapies can reduce seizures, learning disabilities, respiratory problems, urogenital dysfunction and many other conditions.
Even though so much is known about fascia, many health professionals underestimate its importance. Like air and gravity, its influence is so all-pervasive that we have tended to take it for granted. To add to the problem, many assessments in modern medicine miss the fascial involvement because diagnostic tests such as an x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans and electromyography cannot detect it. Today, the best instruments for detecting the fascial component of injuries are skilled health professionals. Fortunately, through Rolfing, fascia can be restored to health by returning muscles and bones to their proper alignments and by inducing proper movements.