Working Directly With the Physical Body,
Potentially Reaching the Energetic,
Spiritual, and Emotional
Ida Rolf developed a systematic way of looking at and working with the body.
This recipe starts more superficially in the initial sessions to prepare and
open the body for deeper work in later sessions.
Unique to Rolfing is integration after opening and releasing the body,
creating more space and available movement. The person needs to learn how
to use all that new ability and form new, more efficient, graceful and
pain-free movement patterns. Integrating the body by teaching it better
ways to move allows it to let go of habitual patterns that have led to
discomfort. More natural movement patterns can develop that require less
energy or extraneous movements, so the body can reach improved alignment.
When the body is well aligned, it is able to maintain balance and function
in gravity with minimal muscular effort.