How does Rolfing work? Watch our short video

How does rolfing work“ is an interesting video of Brian Johnson, Certified Rolfer™ and Author of „The 10 Series Companion“ about Rolfing®; in this video Brian explains how Rolfing® works and he talks about its benefits.

„Brian Johnson started doing rehabilitation bodywork in 2001, working with distance runners and triathletes in and around the Palo Alto/Stanford area with SMI. After moving to Santa Cruz, he began working with Rod and Murray Flemming in their PT clinic working with post surgery and injury recovery clients. In 2004 Brian completed his Rolfing® certification to further expand his ability to work with pain, dysfunction and structural issues.(…)“.  Read more about Brian Johnson here.

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Video transcript

Rolfing is a therapy that is specific to the fascial part of the body and a lot of people don’t really understand how that’s different from the muscular part of the body. 

The fascial system is really the connective tissue layering between all of the other structures in the body. The tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles all have a casing around them, similar to the casing on a sausage, and that houses that structure in a particular location in the body.

As a Rolfer, you’re really going into these spaces and you’re separating the adhesions that happen so that those structures can glide against themselves again. 

Over time, our bodies, through trauma, habitual patterning, developed mental patterning, these structures can become closed together and adhered, stuck together, so they lose their ability to go through their extreme ranges of motion. 

Hamstrings that get stuck together for example, if you were to stretch those, you were to stretch them ‘till the cows come home’, but unless you actually go in and you get those hamstrings to not be bound with each other, you’re never going to fully realise their full-length potential. 

That’s how Rolfing and just working fascially is very different than doing straight massage, where you’re massaging the belly of the muscles, working that red muscle tissue. 

Instead, it’s like peeling a sticker off of a piece of glass, you really have to go in, and you have to do that on a level where you can break the bond between the sticker and the glass between without tearing the sticker, and at the same time, you need that separation, without that separation, all you’re going to do is to get adhesion, to come at that with like a rolling pin or to rub a bunch of lotion on, isn’t going to really give it that separation. And that little bit of breaking the bond is so important to return the body to health and vitality. 

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