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Rolfing, also known as Rolfing Structural Integration, is a complementary treatment using physical manipulation to treat physical and psychological concerns. Rolfing is a unique, systematic method of bodywork that releases blocked or congested tissue areas in the body. It is designed to bring the client’s body into a nimble and well-balanced relationship within itself and gravity.

Historical Context

Rolfing, developed in the 1930s and named after the biochemist Ida Rolf (1896–1979), was originally called Postural Release and then became known as Structural Integration. Based on ideas from biochemistry, Yoga, osteopathy, bodywork, and other related postural training and movement therapies, Rolfing focuses on hands-on manipulation of a client’s fasciae, which are fibrous connective tissues that encapsulate muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Manipulating the soft tissues, Rolf theorized, improves ...

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