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Rolf Movement Education

Rolf Movement® Integration is a unique system of work, which advances the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration. While the latter changes structure directly through fascial manipulation, Rolf Movement influences long-term structural change by altering well established movement patterns.

Life is motion. Where normal motion is limited, tension eventually results. Over time, limited motion results in structural imbalance, back and neck pain, sore muscles, poor posture, low energy, and feelings of stress.

Movement inhibition results from injury, emotional trauma, learned habits, overuse, and misuse. Although they originally develop because they serve us, movement patterns can outlive their usefulness. Limiting the movement in our hips as we walk is a pattern that might have benefited us when we were self-conscious teenagers. But it may not communicate who we are today, and it might be contributing to muscle tightness and chronic low back pain. Movement work doesn’t demand that you get rid of old patterns but, instead, introduces alternatives to increase your movement options.

Rolf Movement techniques are usually sprinkled “as needed” into structural sessions. Rolfers commonly apply Movement work at the end of a Rolfing session to help clients explore new options made available by fascial manipulations. Without Movement work, greater range of motion may be ignored due to old neurological, psychological and historical patterns. Movement “homework” helps clients incorporate these changes in their response repertoire.

Rolf Movement® Practitioners have completed an additional certification, in order to better help clients create changes in their perception and coordinative experience — to affect long-held movement patterns.

Rolfing Movement sessions

Entire sessions devoted to Rolf Movement are valuable — whether used stand-alone or in conjunction with structural manipulation. Rolf Movement sessions can focus on any area or issue that may create long-term improvement in their posture and function.

Sessions might focus on developing greater support and ease in sitting; refining walking gait to use muscles more efficiently; or customizing a clients’ workspace to reduce effects of repetitive stress. A pregnant woman might use Rolf Movement sessions to help her adjust to the ongoing shift in her center of gravity. Athletes use Movement work to improve performance — a sprinter might want to explore ways to leave the block faster; a golfer may want to find ways to use more of her body when she swings a club. Movement work can be done in groups or in private.

During a ten-series, a client may become aware of movements that are particularly challenging or areas of chronic holding. For a client with deeply ingrained patterns, additional sessions devoted to Movement integration can be extremely effective. Furthermore, movement develops greater body awareness—an important goal for anyone.


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