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Why Everyone Over 50 Should Consider Rolfing Structural Integration

When we age our fascia tends to dehydrate and becomes tougher creating stiffness and rigidity in the body. Rolfing rehydrates the fascia and softens it, which is why people feel so much more free and vibrant after the ten sessions.  During and after menopause the collagen weakens in the tissues of the body – tendons, ligaments, veins and arteries – which are all connective tissue.  It’s easier to have strains and sprains and for joints to become unstable. Many women around this time start to complain of pain or issues with balance and usually it is due to instability. They may have had no history of these issues until menopause. Rolfing helps create stability throughout the body so the body is better able to support itself. It helps with the sprains, strains and injuries, which are all tissue injuries.   In general, it helps with stiffness that starts to accrue at this time of our lives and it can increase range of movement and increase energy levels. Rolfing can help realign scar tissue and can help with any torsion or misalignment caused by that scar.  If we start to live in and enjoy our bodies more through Rolfing, then our attitude to the process of aging is a lot more positive. Most people say they feel more grounded or connected to the earth, and that they feel more present in their lives.

What is Rolfing Structural Integration?

Rolfing aims to help restore the body to its most efficient form to enable full ease and freedom of movement. Picture the cogs, springs and wheels of a fine Swiss watch working tick-tock in perfect precision. Rolfing greatly improves a person’s posture and balance, as well as helps release tension, alleviate chronic pain and restore energy.

Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing is a specialized method of bodywork that works with the connective tissues, or ‘fascia’ – the body’s internal flexible scaffolding – which permeate the entire body.  Rolfing works on this complex web of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the body as a whole. Crucially, instead of viewing the body as a collection of separate parts, Rolfing treats the body as an integrated whole with connective tissues surrounding, supporting and permeating all the muscles, bones, nerves and organs.

Lifestyle habits and injury can cause our internal flexible ‘wiring’ to become over-extended or out of kilter with the tension resulting in chronic joint pain, sore muscles, postural change and restricted movement.

How long does a Rolfing treatment last? 

The treatment takes place over a course of ten sessions referred to as ‘The Ten Series’; typically each session lasts 60-75 minutes.

Who would benefit from Rolfing?

Just about everyone can benefit -- men, women and children.  It is already well known amongst athletes and professional dancers for helping to alleviate injury and enhance performance. For those who've sustained injuries, or those over 50, it is especially beneficial.

The Benefits of Rolfing:

Many clients report that the therapeutic effect of Rolfing carries on working long after the course of treatment has ended.  The benefits include:

  • Reduced pain and discomfort in the body

  • Greater flexibility and movement in the body

  • Improved posture – some clients report leaving taller

  • An enhanced sense of whole-body awareness and new movement possibilities

  • Enhanced energy efficiency and more ‘get up and go’

  • Improved sports performance and greater resilience to future injury

  • Stronger emotional boundaries

  • The sense of feeling more comfortable in one’s skin

If you would like to learn how Rolfing treatment may benefit you, please reach out to me via my website contact form, or via email at

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