What is Rolfing Massage?
Rolfing massage, as the name itself might suggest is a form of massage. It was developed by a woman called Ida Rolf and it started being practiced in the 60s. This massage method or technique is similar to the well-known Swedish massage or deep tissue massage, even though there are many original parts related to rolfing massage, making it unique in its own way. Ida Rolf, when she developed this way of physical massage, could not get wide acclaim until she visited Friz Perls, who was the founder of another massage theory and the director of the Esalen Institute. Ida taught at that institute, and several of her students developed their own massage techniques later on.
Then, in the 70s, she opened her own rolfing institute where she worked and instructed. Afterwards, after she had already made a name in the massage world, she published a book about rolfing at the end of the 70s, becoming popular and well-known around the world. However, most of the fame she has today took place after her death, since rolfing started being highly praised during the 90s.
The Principles behind Rolfing Massage
Rolfing focuses its doctrine upon the fact that, as we grow older, our body's connective tissue gets influenced by the force of gravity, becoming poorly aligned, leading to many problems, some more serious than the others. Thus, rolfing practitioners have a task to re-establish the body's balance by re-aligning the connective tissue through massage.
Rolfing practitioners use their hands, elbows and fingers in order to move through different layers of your connective tissue, searching for any abnormalities and fixing them. They basically push and poke various parts of our body, finding problems and correcting them through massage. This way, they help people recover from injuries and deal with stress and anxiety effects. As far as the strength and impact of this massage is concerned, it is somewhere between the Swedish and the deep tissue massage, being gentle but, nevertheless, quite firm and prominent. Still, it does not cause pain.
People who seek help from rolfing massage usually suffer from chest, back and neck problems, even though all people may benefit from it, being a full body massage. The pain troubling you might be sudden or chronic. Regardless, rolfing is likely to help you overcome it. What is unique about this massage is that it corrects your posture, thus boosting your self-esteem, while, at the same time relieving you of pain and providing you better breathing skills. All in all, it makes you healthier both physically and mentally.
Finally, the basic treatment involves 10 sessions of rolfing massage. This is thought to be the optimal number of sessions in order to deal with all of your problems.