A form of hands-on manipulation and movement education developed by Ida P. Rolf over 50 years ago, Rolfing works on the connective tissue (fascia) to release, realign and balance the whole body. The technique involves touching the skin, feeling around for "imbalances" in tissue texture, and separating "fascial layers that adhere and muscles that have been pulled out of position by strain or injury." It is also a kind of energy medicine. Rolfers consider their contribution to be "to balance the body in gravity."
Rolfing is said to enhance your posture and freedom of movement. It is not painful, and may bring results, including
- injury recovery, including repetitive motion
- pain reduction, including back pain
- stress relief
- increased flexibility
- headache relief
- better balance and ease
Rolfing is also a good foundation for and complement to yoga, pilates and other personal wellness practices.