Rolfing Theory

The main ideas that guide the Rolfing process include:


  • Gravity is the primary factor influencing posture and movement as well as a fundamental influence on the physical well being of the body.
  • The major parts of the body (the head, shoulders and arms, torso, pelvis and legs) are all weight blocks subject to the effects of gravity.
  • The balanced alignment of these parts determines how efficiently we move through our day. Accidents, injuries, emotional traumas can all negatively affect postural alignment and foundational movement patterns.
  • A person’s posture is a reflection of their habitual movement patterns as well as a history of accidents, injuries, and emotional outlooks.
  • The body has many layers of muscles. The large surface muscles move us about. The deeper ones act in whole body co-ordination to hold the body together and upright.
  • Most muscular tension, chronic problems and pains are found in the deep, structural muscles associated with posture.
  • Body structure and movement patterns are adaptable and can be changed by skilled bodywork.
  • Rolfing® works to integrate the body as a whole. A balanced body is one that supports its own weight efficiently and moves with ease. Many chronic problems diminish or disappear as clients find postural balance and ease of movement through the Rolfing® process..