About Rolfing in Marin County, California
What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?
Rolfing is a sophisticated form of bodywork that focuses on bringing the body into optimal alignment. Physical pain and discomfort are often the result of imbalances in one's structure. Rolfers™ analyze the body's structure and function (how well it moves) and work to release patterns of holding that inhibit the body's optimal alignment. In doing so, one gains freedom, ease, support, and adaptability in their body.
Is Rolfing Painful?
Katie works with a spectrum of touch during her sessions, carefully listening to her client's nervous system to determine the appropriate pressure and touch for a specific area. As such, her work is never painful. While the work may be deep, she does not overwhelm her client's system: Katie works at an intelligent depth so that her clients do not "brace against" or "fight" her touch. At times, a lighter approach is optimal to address an area and she employs this as well when appropriate.
What sets Rolfing apart?
Holism: Rolfers look at the structure as a whole. While one might experience pain in a specific area of the body, a Rolfer looks to see how other areas contribute (or even cause) the pain. For example, lower back pain could be the result of strain on the lumbar vertebra from a pelvis that is not properly balanced. If a practitioner were to just work on the lower back in isolation, a client may experience temporary relief but the underlying pattern would not be addressed and therefore the pain would likely persist.
Thoroughness: Because the focus of Rolfing is on the whole structure, Rolfers thoroughly assess and treat almost every part of the body. This approach takes time and is in-depth, spanning over a series of sessions. Rolfers aim to create lasting change, which comes from releasing superficial layers of tissue first and then treating deeper layers of tissue that form postural patterns.
Movement: Movement education is incorporated into Rolfing sessions. As an individual gains more range within her body, the capacity to move with more strength, ease, and grace increases. Rolfing teaches people how to use their bodies in a more functional way so they can work less and accomplish more.
Awareness: As a client works with a Rolfer, their body awareness increases. With increased awareness of one's habitual patterns, an opportunity arises to let go of those patterns that are no longer functional. Clients begin to recognize when they are using their body in ways that contribute to their physical discomfort, and with increased availability resulting from the hands-on session work, they can now apply their body awareness to begin changing these patterns.
Emotional Release: Individuals may experience a sense of emotional release from their Rolfing sessions. As our emotions are held in our tissue, releasing restrictions in tissue can lead to letting go of emotional holding in a one's body. While everyone has a different experience, generally one feels a sense of settling and calmness after a session.