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Welcome to the Rolfing® practice of Elias Limberopoulos located in Chicago, IL. Rolfing is one of the most amazing, highly effective forms of manual therapy, but very few people understand what it's all about. This information is here to give you a better understanding of how a Chicago Rolfer can help you and your family.
Welcome to the Rolfing Practice of Elias Limberopoulos in the Chicagoland Area
Rolfing® Structural Integration is the practice of using manual therapy and movement education to reorganize the connective tissues of the whole body. Rolfing works on this web-like complex of connective tissues known as fascia to release, realign and balance the whole body, potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating a wide variety of physical ailments like poor posture, difficulty sitting-standing-walking, back pain, hip pain, muscle strain, lack of mobility and much more.
The aim of Rolfing is to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. Rolfing is safe, drug-free, non-invasive and consistently effective in providing pain-relief, aligning the body, and improving range of motion.
Traditionally, an initial series of Rolfing consists of 10 sessions, called the Ten Series, the goal of which is to systematically balance and optimize the structure and function of the entire body. Each session lasts 90 minutes and is generally spaced 1-2 weeks apart but no more than 6 months to complete the series. The series is customized to your particular goals and needs.
Under your Rolfer's skillful eye and touch, each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. As Rolfing progressively reduces structural restrictions, your body becomes aligned and balanced allowing you to move with the freedom and comfort you deserve.
You are encouraged to try the initial 3 sessions as a way of determining whether the work is meeting your goals and expectations. You are welcome to try an initial session as well and it is not necessary to commit to the entire process.
How Can Rolfing Help You?
Many people dismiss Rolfing as being a painful form of deep tissue massage, but it has the ability to dramatically alter a person's posture and structure. By addressing the connective tissue which surrounds and permeates muscle, bones, organs and nerves, Rolfing can resolve underlying problems which still reoccur after years of bone adjustments, corrective exercises, massage, stretching, and foam rolling. The genius of Rolfing allows the body to feel light, fluid and balanced that is free of pain, stiffness and chronic stress.
Families, athletes, dancers, runners, yogis, Pilates enthusiasts, healthcare professionals and office workers have sought Elias to improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Elias has offered relief to a wide variety of challenges like posture imbalances, headaches/migraines, chronic pain, chronic stress, sciatica, injury recovery, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, muscle pain and much more.
If you feel like you have tried everything with little results, Elias is ready to meet you to discuss your needs.
Benefits of Rolfing®
Rolfing benefits people of all ages with varying conditions, and can assist with:
relief of musculoskeletal conditions
recovery from surgery/injury
post rehab recovery
post natal recovery
overall physical/spiritual health
The potential benefits from Rolfing vary widely since everyone is different, but many people have experienced:
feeling lighter, taller and more balanced
better posture and improved stability
greater energy and vitality
reduced pain and discomfort
increased range of motion
movement with greater flexibility and ease
increased confidence and self esteem
personal growth; expanded awareness
feeling more open, centered and connected
a sense of well being
What Kind of Training Does a Certified Rolfer™ Have?
Most applicants of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute come from a variety of backgrounds mostly in the health field including fitness, nutrition, yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, nursing, psychotherapy, and other backgrounds. Successful applicants of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute complete a training program that typically requires 2 years of study. Training covers anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, Rolfing theory, structural analysis, soft-tissue manipulation, spinal mechanics, joint mobilization methods, Rolfing Movement Integration techniques, individual research, written essays, and extensive supervised clinical sessions.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute is headquartered in Boulder, CO with additional institutes in Canada, Brazil, Germany, South Africa, Japan, and Australia. The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute is the only organization accredited to teach Rolfing.
The History of Rolfing®
"This is the gospel of Rolfing:
When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself."
~ Ida P. Rolf
Rolfing Structural Integration was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf, a trained biochemist who earned her Ph.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1920.
Driven to find solutions to her own health problems as well as those of her two sons, she spent many years studying and experimenting with different systems of healing and manipulation including osteopathy, chiropractic and yoga.
Dr. Rolf agreed that the body functions best when the bony segments are in proper alignment. She believed that the imbalances in structure placed demands on the body's pervasive network of soft tissues thereby creating compensations throughout the body structure.
Her life's work was devoted to the system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that we now call Rolfing®. Dr. Rolf is recognized as a pioneer in manual therapy and movement education which has influenced many well-known systems, therapies and techniques in manual therapy.
In order to pass along her work to others and to make the education process accessible, she developed an expedient series of ten sessions, which came to be known as the Ten Series. The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration was established in 1971.
Since her death in 1979, the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration has continued to share her work by certifying Rolfers™ and Rolf Movement® Practitioners, supporting research, and building upon her inspiration. Today, you can find Rolfers™ and Rolf Movement Practitioners worldwide.
What Do Clients Have To Say?
"Being a client at the Rolfing clinic with Elias was one of the best investments I've ever made in myself...Subtle nuances brought about massive changes in my posture, movements and sense of well being."
— Theresa W., Web Designer
What Health Experts Are Saying
James B. Montgomery, M.D.,
"People with shoulder problems, with scar tissue resulting from injury or surgery, chronic hamstring problems, low back and cervical spine problems. People that have had chronic problems that have not been helped by anything else. All those people can be helped with Rolfing®.
Larry Dossey, M.D.,
Integrative Medicine Physician
and Best-Selling Author
"There is one major reason to take Rolfing® seriously: it works. Not only can it dramatically change people’s bodies, it can transform their lives as well. Rolfing® is powerful stuff.
From The Blog
Mehmet Oz, M.D.,
Surgeon, Professor, and
Host of the Dr. Oz Show
"even deeper than a deep-tissue massage..." Rolfing® literally releases the joints...When you talk to folks about the impact it has on them, a lot of them just stand taller. A lot is just freeing you up to live the way you're supposed to live.
Locations and Hours
Limber Mind and Body
263 N. Convent, Suite 8
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Tuesday: 9am - 7pm
10655 S. Hale Ave.
Chicago, IL (Beverly) 60643
Wednesday: 9am - 7pm Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Garrett Hypnosis & Wellness Center
3020 N. Kimball Ave
Chicago, IL (Logan Square) 60618
Thursday and Friday: 9am - 7pm
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