Rolf Method

Myofascial Release, Structural Integration (Rolf Method)

FASCIA  IS WHAT?

Do you know what’s holding your body together!  Think again, it’s not your muscles or skin.  They weren’t made to do that job, but the “fascia” within your body was.  By now you’re thinking, “What in the world is the fascia?”

Well, the fascia is a structure of fibrous connective tissue distributed throughout the body that surrounds our muscles, organs, blood vessels, bones, and nerves.  Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascia system. The function of muscle fasciae is to reduce friction to minimize the reduction of muscular force.

Does it sound like a well tuned state-of-the-art mechanism to you? It is, but it can go wrong!  For various reasons, including disuse, not enough stretching, or injuries, the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together resulting in restricted muscle movement along with pain, soreness and reduced flexibility or range of motion.

Symptoms may be:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pelvic
  • Pelvic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Disc problems
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Adhesions
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Painful scars
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Women’s health issues
  • …and more

Fascia Care:       

Move it: First thing in the morning roll around in bed and really stretch out

Stay lubricated: Drink, drink, drink! It works better, moves better and feels better when it’s wet.

Stretch your muscles: Keep the muscles from getting chronically tight.

Stretch your fascia: To stretch the fascia, hold gentle stretches for three to five minutes – relaxing into a hold.

Relax: Fifteen to 20 minutes in a warm Epsom Salt bath can coax tight fascia to loosen up – follow up with 10 minutes of light activity.

Use a foam roller: Be gentle and slow in your movements, and when you find an area of tension, hold sustained pressure for three to five minutes.

Respect your body: Even after your injury is gone, you may maintain that same movement pattern. That’s a recipe for an injury cycle. It’s better to take some extra time, see a fascial specialist, and join a movement class.  Don’t set yourself up for long-term trouble.

See a fascial specialist: Myofascial Release or Structural Integration (Rolf Method) practitioner.

Join a movement education class: The Feldenkrais Method®, Coordination Pattern™ Training, Tai Chi, Pilates, and Yoga are highly recommended.

Structural Integration (Rolf Method) – Creates Real Strength!

Betty heard someone say, “Pain and strain is your body’s way of telling you it is out of balance.” She had no idea what that meant. After doing some research, she started to think that maybe her back aches were the result of her body being “out of balance.”

Inthe midst of Betty’s research, she read about Structural Integration and learned how soft manipulation, education, and awareness helps the muscles, bones, and organs move into proper relationship to each other.

The part that excited her the most was when she read that releasing physical restrictions actually increases strength, adaptability, and resilience. Betty loved to run and for the last several months wasn’t able to enjoy this exercise because her back was ”talking to her – real loud!”  So, she found a Structural Integration practitioner and committed to the series of sessions.  Each of these sessions was to build upon the last and the strategies were tailored specifically for her. 

 At first, it was a strange concept for Betty to think that if she builds and deepens a relationship with her “body and self,” she will live with more awareness and harmony in her life. But, this is exactly what Betty experienced as her Structural Integration sessions progressed.  It was working for her!  She could feel her body changing – more natural and powerful.

Betty was able to run longer distances in a shorter time because she was more flexible and stronger. To get back to running and be pain free was her goal and she succeeded. She felt so relaxed and peaceful while she ran.

Betty felt like a new person and decided that the best thing she could do for herself in the future was to continue with periodic Structural Integration “tune-ups.”  Structural Integration transformed her body – and life!