Many of us have one body part we think of as our “problem”; stiff neck, aching lower back or chronically tight shoulders. That symptom, like a piece in a jigsaw puzzle, is part of a larger pattern, and lasting relief can only occur if the whole pattern changes. In the ten basic sessions of a Rolfing series, we work through the body systematically.

Each series is tailored to the individual, but there are many common goals including realigning the legs for better support, derotating the pelvis, and decreasing tension in the back and neck. Strain accumulated through injury, habit, and emotional holding is addressed, even in such commonly ignored areas as hands and face.

The Rolfer’s touch ranges from surface to deep, depending on what layer of fascial constriction is being worked on. (Fascia is a fibrous connective tissue found throughout our structures, encasing and penetrating muscles. External and internal stresses cause the fibers to thicken and form adhesions. Having constricted fascia is like wearing a pair of too tight jeans)

Sometimes you will feel your Rolfer’s hands slowly lengthening your tissue , creating sensations similar to those experienced during stretching or yoga. At other times you’ll feel slow, sustained pressure, as if your Rolfer is melting the tighness away. There is often an immediate feeling of relief as long-held tension is released. At the end of the session you’ll learn how to use your body’s increased movement potentioa to find straighter posture in sitting, standing and walkingl. Other movement issues can be addressed, according to your needs.

Rolfing results include increased flexibility, improved movement skills, decreased tension, balanced posture and diminshed pain.


Beth Franzese,
Certified Advanced Rolfer