The Best Time to See a Rolfer™
Visiting a Certified Rolfer isn’t nearly as “alternative” as most people think. Rolfing® Structural Integration sessions have been proven time and again to be an effective, non-surgical, non-invasive holistic solution to structural issues. Rolfers work with fascia and since fascia surrounds and permeates the entire body, it's easy to see why manipulating this web-like structure is so effective for improving posture and alignment, relieving chronic pain, improving movement and feeling so spacious and comfortable in your body. But when is the best time to see a Certified Rolfer? The “best” time may vary from person to person depending on individual situations, but here are a few of the most common.
When Pain Disrupts Your Life
If you are experiencing pain in your body that disrupts your daily life then it is an ideal time to see a Rolfer. Ideally, you will schedule a session before the pain or discomfort becomes this troublesome, but if you’re already there, a Rolfing SI session or series of sessions can help. Pain in your back, neck, legs, hips, shoulders, hands, feet, head, or even opening up your sinuses can benefit a great deal from Rolfing SI.
Long Periods of Sitting
If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting or you drive and have long commutes in a car, you are compressing your spine. Even though it seems gentle and low-impact, this type of activity takes a toll on your body. Even if you haven’t begun experiencing any pain from excessive sitting, discomfort and compensations may be in effect. Your nervous system has already memorized this repeated lack of movement and habit. You can help yourself by getting up and moving around several times during the day. It is important to find ways to shift your body and consciously release areas of excess tension. If you lack the awareness or ability to do this, help yourself by visiting a Certified Rolfer to keep the components of your body balanced. Throughout your work with a Rolfer, you will also learn how to sit, stand and perform daily activities with ease and comfort.
Slow-Healing Muscles and Joints / Recovery from Injury
If you’ve suffered an injury and chosen traditional treatment, but it isn’t healing as quickly as you’d hoped, that is a good time to see a Rolfer. Whether the issue is with pain or a range of motion problem, Rolfing SI can take a deeper look at the underlying cause and help your body to move in a direction of balance and alignment. Keep in mind that most conventional treatments focus more on treating the symptoms of the injury rather than the reason you’re experiencing those symptoms in the first place. You may find yourself going through countless hours of therapy and ongoing treatment only to find minimal relief as a repeat patient.
To Prevent Future Pain and Immobility
Seeking out a Certified Rolfer when you feel pain or have trouble with your range of motion makes sense, but if there was a “best” time to visit a Rolfer it might be before anything is wrong with your body. Rolfing SI as a preventative tool is wonderful for keeping your connective tissue hydrated, healthy and free from adhesions that make you feel "stuck" or unable to move the way you used to. Daily life, exercise, slips and falls, accidents, and gravity can causes imbalances within your structure. To prevent pain, immobility or even before you start an exercise routine, consider the life-changing effects of the Rolfing Ten Series. A wonderful opportunity to feel more at home in your body, learn about yourself, feel the freedom of movement, and achieve the effortless upright posture you've always been looking for.
If you have any questions about the Rolfing process, feel free to schedule a complementary phone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.