What Heather Does
Rolfing is a type of hands-on therapy that frees the challenges connective tissue can present in the body. Connective tissue, also called fascia, exists throughout the body and can create bands or adhesions resulting from overuse or injury that cause discomfort. People interested in Rolfing are usually people who seek alignment, better function, ease of motion, and relief from pain or injury. Sometimes structure is the cause of discomfort, like scoliosis. What we do when the structure is the challenge is support your body in all possible areas to decrease the impact on the structure (or pain). In many cases, regardless of the cause, Heather has been able to decrease pain and, in some cases, eliminate it altogether.
Conditions Heather treats include:
double mastectomy (increase range of motion to resume playing vigorous volleyball)
nervous system issues
meniscus and ACL/MCL issues
core strength issues
triathlete training support/recovery
and many more!!!
Schedule your session:
24 hours notice required to cancel or reschedule, or client is responsible for the session fee in full.
Allow 75 minutes per session
HSA or flex spending accepted
Credit cards accepted
Save $100 when you buy 10 sessions
at first session.
For the people who want more background about Rolfing, read on!**
Rolfing® is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity. Rolfing bodywork affects the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial system (connective tissue). Often considered a deep-tissue approach, Rolfing bodywork actually works with all the layers of the body to ease strain patterns in the entire system. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing creates more efficient muscle use, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement (http://www.fasciaresearch.com/index.php/literatures/therapeutic-manipulation-of-fascia). Rolfing has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress, reduce spinal curvature in subjects with lordosis (sway back), and enhance neurological functioning (https://rolfresearchfoundation.org/).
Who uses Rolfing®?
People seek Rolfing as a way to reduce pain and chronic muscle tension, generally resulting from physical and emotional traumas. Rolfing is used by many professional athletes to break up scar tissue, rehabilitate injuries, and increase range of motion to improve performance and avoid future injuries. Dancers and musicians often use the work to increase increase comfort in their bodies while performing, as well as avoid repetitive stress injuries.
Notably, some manufacturing companies have utilized Rolfing as a therapy to decrease workers’ compensation costs due to repetitive stress injuries. And, based on the mind/body connection, many counselors and therapists incorporate Rolfing in their therapeutic approach. This is likely due to the fact that greater physical support and flexibility influence emotions and energy levels.
Where did Rolfing® come from?
Rolfing® structural integration is named after its creator, Dr. Ida P. Rolf. Dr. Rolf received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University in 1920 and furthered her knowledge of the body through her scientific work in organic chemistry at the Rockefeller Institute. Her extensive search for solutions to family health problems led her to examine many systems that studied the effect of structure on function, including yoga, osteopathy and chiropractic medicine. Dr. Rolf combined her research with her scientific knowledge to stimulate a deeper appreciation of the body’s structural order, resulting in the theory and practice of Rolfing. There are more than 1,200 Certified Rolfers in 27 different countries. The Rolf Institute’s international headquarters is located in Boulder, Colorado, with offices in Germany, Brazil, and Japan. To learn more about Dr. Rolf, visit the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation website.
How is Rolfing® different from massage?
Through soft tissue manipulation and movement education, Rolfers affect body posture and structure over the long-term. Unlike massage, which often focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning. Rolfing is different from deep-tissue massage in that practitioners are trained to create overall ease and balance throughout the entire structure, rather than focusing on areas that present with tension. As a structure becomes more organized, chronic strain patterns are alleviated, and stress and pain decrease.
Rolfing can speed up injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness and muscle tension;
improving movement and circulation around joints;
and attending to both the injury and any secondary pain that may develop from favoring the injury.
Structural integration is generally performed over a series of ten sessions. This approach allows the Rolfer to impact the client’s structure in a methodical manner. This includes loosening superficial fascia before working deeper areas, improving support in feet and legs before affecting higher structures, and helping clients find ways to benefit from freer movement in their daily activities.
About The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration
The Rolf Institute was founded in 1971 to carry on Dr. Rolf's work. Its major purposes are to train Rolfers™ and Rolf Movement® Practitioners; to promote research; and to provide information to the public. Certified Rolfers complete a training program that usually requires two years of study and includes a continuing education program. The training includes studying biological sciences of anatomy and kinesiology, the theory and application of Rolfing, and extensive clinical work under supervision.
**The writing beginning under the swimmer is primarily by Bethany M. Ward, Certified Rolfer, Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner, and President of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation.
Dr. Ida Rolf,
creator of Rolfing