How does Rolfing Work?
In the same way that a sculptor works with clay, a Rolfer works with the
body's malleable, connective network by lengthening and re-shaping the
fascia to release restrictions. The hands-on applied pressure by the Rolf
practitioner and synchronized movements by the client combine to release
fascial adhesions. Heat and energy from the Rolfer softens and rehydrates
the connective tissue and turns it from a gelatinous to a fluid substance.
Once the tissue is softened, it becomes more malleable and can be more
easily reorganized and manipulated. Once the body segments are organized
in proper relationship to each other, the body re-congeals to a more balanced
state. This enables the body segments (head, shoulders, thorax, pelvis
and legs) to realign to a balanced relationship, in both the resting state
and in movement.
“I have been utilizing Sondra’s
Rolfing talents to rid myself of chronic lower back pain and most recently
to help me recover from post knee surgery. She always thoroughly investigates
the history of the area of pain in question, explains what muscles, tendons,
and ligaments are involved, decscribes the techniques she’s going
to employ, and moves methodically to accomplish what she’s promised.
She thinks about her clients and designs a program to help them, much
like a personal trainer might do. Sondra Gray has an innate gift to give
people. It is her sense of touch. She comes by it naturally.”
— Douglas Bartlett, San Francisco
Bones are held in place by soft tissue-muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc.
If a muscle is chronically short, it will pull the attached bone out of
balance. When one part of the body is in trouble, the body as a whole
gets out of balance. Rolfing eliminates the muscle contraction caused
by an unbalanced structure, thus increasing the level of available energy.
Rolfing lengthens and releases shortened connective tissue, improves blood
flow, and eliminates energy losses caused by the strains and chronic muscle
contractions in a disorganized body and by the constant pull of gravity.
The way we stand, how we hold ourselves and how we move are all patterns
of behavior that we have been learning since we were born. In addition,
we incorporate mechanical patterns from injuries, accidents, traumas,
repeated use and repeated misuse. Rolfing creates balance and
improves fascial relationships in all dimensions: front to back,
side-to-side, inside to outside. Rolfing restores the body to
a state of balance or homeostasis, and provides optimum
functioning. By gently lengthening, stretching, and loosening
the muscle and connective tissue, Rolfing allows us redesign the
patterns of our bodies.
“I was referred to Sondra through my
doctor when it became apparent that medical science had done all it could
for me in terms of back pain, lack of feeling in my hands, and joint pain.
Within the first six months I experienced a great improvement and am currently
pain free. Sondra has made a real difference. It is not only her technique
but her dedication to working with me as an individual and improving the
skills necessary for my problems. She is so friendly, easy to talk with,
and puts me completely at ease.”
— Carren Shagley, San Francisco