Rolfing is a carefully organized and coordinated systematic approach to restructuring an individual’s physical body and restoring its natural structural balance. A program of Rolfing consists of ten sessions with a thoroughly trained and certified practitioner. Each session has specific goals that must be met before the practitioner and client can move on to the next session. These ten sessions - comprising what Dr. Rolf and her practitioners refer to as “The Recipe” - are based on a set of tests and techniques that will dictate how the practitioner will tailor each sessions to the client’s needs. How the therapist meets the goals outlined for each session depends on the client’s specific structural issues as well as on her personal wellness and fitness goals. However, most frequently the therapist will use “myofascial release” techniques, which involve physically moving the client’s superficial fascia with the fingers, the palms of the hands, and the broad flat area of the forearm.
The overall goal of the Rolf practitioner is to create space for the muscles to relax and stretch and for the joints to reorganize themselves. Following an injury, surgery, or a chronic structural issue, fascial tissue tend to thicken and tense, losing much of their elasticity and becoming more collagenous. By "releasing" the fascia and restoring its elasticity, the Rolfer creates space for the underlying tissues to reorganize. More space for these tissues often leads to increased flexibility and a more energy-efficient body. For many individuals who suffer from chronic pain, especially in the shoulders, neck or lower back, a successful program of Rolfing can alleviate this pain dramatically.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is connective tissue composed primarily of collagen and elastin. Fascia consists of several layers: The superficial fascia which lies directly beneath the surface of the skin like a continuous internal “wetsuit”; the deeper fascia which surrounds the nerves and blood vessels, all the muscles and every bone; and the visceral fascia which suspends the organs within their cavities and wraps them in layers of connective tissue membranes. Fascia has protective properties; for example, without the visceral fascia around them vital organs such as the lungs and heart would collapse and the muscles surrounding the organs would not be able to move smoothly across one another. It is a person’s fascia that determines the body’s structure, not the bones or muscles; once the fascia has been manipulated in a way that allows the vital organs, muscles and bones to reorganize, structural change can occur.
Who Developed Rolfing?
Dr. Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979) developed the techniques and training programs of the system she called Structural Integration: multiple sessions of bodywork known colloquially as “Rolfing.” In the 1960s, Dr. Rolf began training teachers and practitioners in Rolfing at California’s Esalen Institute at the invitation of her friend Fritz Perls, the developer of Gestalt Therapy. In 1971, Dr. Rolf founded the Guild for Rolfing - later renamed the Rolf Institute - in Boulder, CO, with a faculty consisting of her former students and instructors from Esalen. Ten years after her death in 1979, Dr. Rolf’s earliest teachers and students left the Rolf Institute to found a second Guild for Rolfing. Both schools continue to thrive in Boulder today, attracting students from around the world.
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“After the first session I felt relaxed and had significantly less pain. I expected my aches to return as they usually do after regular PT sessions or massage, but my body really seemed to get back on track. I've returned to my normal gym routine with little trouble. My second Rolfing session is scheduled! KB definitely knows what she's doing.”
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Meet KB Imle, Certified Rolfer
Hello! I'm Kara B. Imle, Certified Rolfer. My passion lies in helping you unlock your body's potential to move freely, easily and with more energy and grace. Sciatica, scoliosis, frozen shoulder, neck pain, carpal tunnel, bulging discs, low back pain--I look at all of these things as challenges we can meet and engage together to get you back in action. I personally discovered Rolfing after years of neck and spinal pain and migraines which did not abate with other types of care. When Rolfing addressed my discomfort and corrected some longstanding postural issues, I decided I had to learn the skill myself. I graduated from the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO in 2009 and have been loving my work ever since! I recently relocated to Austin, TX so that I could take advantage of the warmer weather and remain active outdoors year-round. When not working I can be found taking in the music scene; kayaking and canoeing the waterways; and hiking Austin's many trails with my therapy dog, Benson.