Rolfing is considered as one of the older forms of massage. It was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1940’s as a way to condition the connective tissues of the body to promote self-healing. The method involves stretching the connective tissues which may have been rendered stiff or sore due to bad posture, fatigue, staying stationary for long periods of time, injury or other causes. Stretching the connective tissues is believed to give the body’s organs and structures such as joints and bones the right space to function properly. To get the benefits from a Rolfing massage, below are some tips.
- Search for a qualified Rolfing massage therapist. You can check with a local massage therapy school to see if they have a list of qualified massage therapists practicing in your area or you can call the American Massage Therapy Association. Once you have found some Rolfing massage therapists, interview them to find out about their qualifications—if they hold a state license, are member so of the AMTA, and have passed the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. This will be your assurance that you are working with a qualified and professional Rolfing massage therapist.
- Share your medical history with the massage therapist so that he or she can determine whether you actually need the treatment. They will not recommend that you get the treatment if you fail to satisfy some of their requirements. Rolfing is not a simple massage as it involves some aggressive manipulation of body tissues that can be painful for some. Pregnant women and people who suffer from certain ailments should not undergo this type of alternative treatment. You also have to tell the massage therapist what kind of lifestyle you lead and the type of occupation you have and whether you had previous injuries. These are contributing factors for the effective analysis of your condition and whether you should receive Rolfing massage.
- The full course of the Rolfing massage therapy can take up to ten sessions. You should be prepared to finish the whole course to enjoy its full benefit. The time frame between each course can be set between a week to two weeks, depending on the recommendation and findings of the therapists.
- There are three stages in Rolfing massage. During the first stage the therapist will be using the fingers and the elbow to work the fascia so it will be stretch and become elastic once again. The therapist is actually examining your body closely to determine what you exactly need. In the second stage of the massage, your therapist will be separating the fascia layers, realigning them with your muscles. Misalignment of the fascia can be caused by injury, scar tissue or by muscle strain due to bad posture or prolonged inactivity. For the third and final stage of a therapy session, the Rolfing therapist will integrate the parts of your body to their proper segments to achieve the right physical balance. The whole process will take about one hour and will be repeated in the next sessions.
- The treatment combines with exercise that your therapist will devise and recommend to you. Be sure that you follow this as it designed to work for your overall therapy. You may also have to undergo some lifestyle changes to ensure that your body’s aches and pains will be minimized or completely disappear.
Observe how your body feels as the treatment progresses. You will feel
relief from the muscle strains that you have previously suffered. You
would also be feeling more vigorous and lighter on your feet. After you
have completed the sessions, do follow the recommendations that the
therapist will give you so you can maintain proper body and muscle
alignment and balance.