What is the difference between Rolfing and Massage?
Rolfing Structural Integration is not a form of massage
One of the most common misconceptions about Rolfing SI is that it is a nothing more than a type of very deep massage. There are many varieties of massage, which are particularly effective for loosening tight tissue, reducing stress, detoxing the body and an increased feeling of relaxation and well-being. Since these benefits are also a byproduct of Rolfing SI, the general public experiences confusion as to the precise difference between our work and the proliferation of effective touch modalities currently available.
Rolfing SI balances the body in gravity
Ray McCall, a Certified Advanced Rolfer in Boulder and former student of Dr. Rolf, once said that what Rolfers™ do can be summed up in three words: palpation, discrimination and integration.
- We palpate, or touch the tissue, feeling for imbalances in tissue texture, quality and temperature to determine where we need to work.
- We discriminate, or separate fascial layers that adhere and muscles that have been pulled out of position by strain or injury.
- Finally, we integrate the body, relating its segments in an improved relationship, bringing physical balance in the gravitational field.
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