Why come to Rolfing?
The short answer is that everyone can benefit from Rolfing. Rolfing clients come
from all walks of life. The following broad categories of clients are drawn to Rolfing.
Athletes from all sporting codes, (athletics, cricket, rugby, soccer, etc.) seek
out Rolfing to optimise their alignment and performance, solve recurring injuries
and to prevent injuries.
SELF DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS
Practitioners and teachers of yoga, martial arts, Pilates, chi gong, meditation
and dance come to Rolfing to enhance their specific discipline. Rolfing not only
aligns, it also activates core and intrinsic musculature which results in more fluid,
graceful movements. It also differentiates and brings awareness to these structures
so important in our movement expression. The positive effects on breathing mechanism
enhance the practice of all these disciplines.
People interested in optimising their lives such as life coaches, business coaches
and people undergoing a personal coaching process, use Rolfing to actively and intelligently
engage their kinaesthetic, body-as-lived-experience to enhance their own embodiment
in the whole of their life.
Psychologists, people undergoing psychotherapy or with an interest in discovering
more of who they are.
People with aches and pains, old injuries, recurring injuries participate in Rolfing
to realign their body and change the way they move, allowing strained areas to share
their workload with the whole of the rest of the body, and lessening the overall
amount of strain in their body. People with repetitive strain injuries, e.g. carpal
People with scoliosis, lordosis(swayback), kyphosis (rounded back and shoulders)
come to Rolfing to help them ‘straighten out’ and become more comfortable.
Body workers, massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, shiatsu practitioners,
etc come to Rolfing to relieve the accumulated physical stress from their work,
and to learn how to use their body more optimally to reduce stress while working
People whose work is physically demanding come to Rolfing to relieve strain and
old aches and pains as well as the effects of old injuries.
Ecologists and other people working with the environment and sustainability, intuitively
come to Rolfing to discover and ground the principles they work with in their own
People working with people come to Rolfing to understand themselves and their clients
Musicians and students of music are attracted to Rolfing as it enhances breathing,
optimises the technical aspects of playing an instrument, and enriches the emotional
quality and expression of sound through the instrument.
See B. Anson, Rolfing: stories of personal empowerment
Children often come to Rolfing with conditions like scoliosis, postural problems
or alignment of feet.
Even animals can be clients! Some Rolfers specialize in working with horses, helping
to optimize their performance in racing and jumping. Even mountain lions, tortoises
and birds of prey have been Rolfed successfully! (See Rolfing: Stories of Personal
Empowerment, by Briah Anson.)
Uploaded 6 April 2008, www.rolfing.co.za, editor: Eugenie Grobler