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Rolfing: A Soothing Massage

Halfway between yoga and osteopathy, Rolfing is a deep massage that finds a well-being and physical. We invite you to discover this method developed by the American Ida Rolf.

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing is a manual therapy, midway between yoga and osteopathy, which aims to put the body in its axis of gravity.

This method, sometimes called “structural integration”, was developed by Ida Rolf in the 1950s.

She is now one of the most common postural United States and in many other countries.

Who was Ida Rolf?

The founder of Rolfing, Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979) was one of the first American women to earn a doctorate in biochemistry at Columbia University in New York.

During his research on chronic disease, she became interested in various forms of bodywork such as yoga and osteopathy. She founded the Rolf Institute in early 1970 and has taught his method until his death in 1979.

What are the benefits of Rolfing?

Rolfing is based on a specific manipulation and deep tissue (that is to say, fascia, tendons and ligaments). This deep tissue massage designed to release physical tension patterns and improve posture.

It is accompanied by exercise rehabilitation and perception of the environment to relearn everyday activities and good habits of posture and movement.

This method enables:
• relieve tension, headaches and various pains especially in the back (neck pain, sciatica, scoliosis …)
• correct problems in posture (stooping)
• relieve pain associated with trauma (after an accident, surgery or in sports).

And in practice?

Rolfing is to be exercised by a qualified practitioner called “Rolfer”. The work, carried out in practice, is individual.

Each session lasts from 1 hour to 1:30. To relieve pain states, 1-3 sessions may be sufficient. For work throughout the body, we recommend a series of 10 sessions over several months.

To find a qualified practitioner near you, visit the website of the European Rolfing Association (link below).

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