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What is a Rolfing Massage and How its Done

What is a Rolfing Massage and How it's Done

Rolfing massage. It's the next big thing! Here's what you need to know before trying it out yourself.


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If you are looking for a functional massage to relieve pain and soreness, you may want to consider Rolfing. Athletes from Major League Baseball players to dancers to Olympians, swear by this type of massage. Fans of Rolfing include baseball player Craig Swan and Olympic track star Amy Acuff.


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What is Rolfing? Rolfing is a type of massage developed by researcher and biochemist Dr. Ida Rolf. Dr. Rolf is famous for coming up with her “Structural Integration” approach. According to, “Rolfing is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity. Rolfing bodywork affects the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial system (connective tissue). Often considered a deep-tissue approach, Rolfing bodywork actually works with all the layers of the body to ease strain patterns in the entire system.” Recipients of Rolfing Massage claim to experience many benefits including improved posture, pain reduction, feeling less stressed, and increased energy. Rolfing may be a great option to help with injury rehabilitation or chronic pain. A successful Rolfing session improves how clients feel both physically and mentally.

If you have never tried Rolfing before, you may be wondering what to expect. Rolfing is an intense experience, and says many describe it as a “good hurt.” During the Rolfing process, recipients are active participants in the experience. The practitioner may ask you to use certain breathing techniques or make specific movements. When headed to a Rolfing session, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to move freely. Sessions usually last from one to two hours, and to receive optimal results, it is best to book Rolfing in multiple sessions.

To determine if Rolfing is right for you, consult your practitioner. Mobile Styles, the on-demand beauty and wellness app, offers Rolfing as well as a wide variety of other massage options. With Mobile Styles, you can enjoy a massage in the comfort of your own home, hotel room, or office!


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