3 Reasons for Fascial Therapy - Rolfing

There are 3 main reasons to apply fascial therapy Rolfing:

  1. pain
  2. efficiency
  3. pleasure and well-being

Pain: Pain leaves traces in the tissue and therefore directly in our posture. In addition, we are increasingly restricting our range of movement through pain prevention. Consequently we increase the wear and tear in the remaining range of movement. In order to provide relief here, Rolfing works both on the level of tissue and coordination.

Efficiency: You want to improve your personal performance. Then Rolfing can help you to use your body more efficiently by using your kinetic energy lossless.

Wellbeing: Rolfing should feel good and thereby enable new patterns of keeping in the long term. Thus, Rolfing can be a pleasant and interesting journey of discovery in your own body.

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Fascia - why the hype

Fascia - create connections
Puzzle pieces without connections are uselesss

Fascia is also called connective tissue. And this is a one of their main tasks, namely to connect structures, e.g. muscles.

Historically, always the structures have been important and interesting, and not the tissue that connects them, that is the fascia. It's like a puzzle: you can focus on the single pieces, their shape, their colour, and so on. But it's the connection that gives those pieces hold and position in the big picture.

As a result, there are two equivalent views on such a puzzle. Either the puzzle piece is broken or the connection to its environment. Or, to relate it to our body, either the problem lies in the structure, a muscle, or a connection, a fascia.

Fascia – transmit information
A net for fast transmission

Once you pick up the idea that connections are important because they relate structures and muscles to each other, then the question arises of how far these connections will reach.

In the body, these fascia not only stretch between adjacent structures, but form a dense network, which also creates connections locally and over joints and organs.

And these connections are used to relay information. This knowledge is new, because we usually keep our nervous system responsible for transfer of information. But fascia can transfer tension faster while working purley mechanically than our nervous system.

Let's take the example of being pushed from behind. Hence no planning of our nervous system is possible in advance. Our body reacts because tension spreads through fascia in our body. The fascial system in our sole is stretched, as are the fascia around our calf muscles and around the back thigh muscles. This tension is transmitted via reinforced fascia, so-called ligaments, to a multi-layer fascia system of the lower back. The change in tension is then measured by receptors and passed on to the nervous system, thus leading to an appropriate backlash. So we have a mixed "signal chain" of fascia, receptors and nerves.

Fascia - a system
Interferences can reach far

While no one would deny the importance of neuropathy, the importance of the fascial system had long been underestimated. Mostly it requires a reaction of both the nerve and the fascial system. Here above all the speed of the transmission of information is essential to react in time, as in the example of being pushed.

When it comes to a disorders, injury or surgery, it always has an impact on our fascial system! Also, force effects that do not produce obvious injury, e.g. the fall from the horse without breaks, the rear-end accident without injury, distort the network of fascia.

Insight for therapy
Fascial therapy - Rolfing mainly addresses issues when

  • interferences persisted over a long time
  • big forces distorted our fascial net
  • relieving postures persisted for quite a while

The Method, the Session, the Certified Advanced Rolfer

Details about Rolfing - a fascial therapy

Rolfing - the 10 series

What does the Rolfing 10 series have to do with spring cleaning? In short, in the spring you want to free yourself from the burden of the dark season and start in brighter days. In doing so you proceed systematically.

The missing compass

After an accident, my be we sprained our right foot, we try to avoid the pain and take very different relieving and protective postures. That's why we may not step properly on our feet or we lift a shoulder or we can not breathe out completely.

Is Rolfing painfull

No, but there is still the misunderstanding that Rolfing is so painful that you really want to jump off the table. THIS IS WRONG! It is true that in Rolfing there is a wide range of intensities. However, this also leads to the mistaken belief that the touch must always be intense, true to the motto: "more is better".


Rolfers work with fascia - for more than 50 years.

Fascia fitness, fascia yoga, fascia roll, fascia health - suddenly they are all there, where Rolfer have always been. And consequently, many claim to be the first, the original, the most modern. First of all, it is good, especially from Rolfing's point of view, to work with fascia at all and to do more research than before on this work.

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