Whether you are suffering from neck and back pains from hours at a desk, a sports injury or surgery, Rolfing® may be able to help. Resident Rolfer™ Dr. Anna Bonetto tells us how.
1. What made you decide to become a Rolfer™?
“A stubborn pain in the neck and shoulders first brought me to Rolfing®. Living with this had been a struggle for years and no treatment seemed to work. I was a medical doctor, yet I couldn’t sort myself out!
“Rolfing® not only freed me from pain for good but gave me the tools to remain pain-free, to move freely and to cope better with life’s challenges. It was truly transformative and it was at this point that I decide to study to become a Rolfer™.”
2. What is Rolfing® and how does it differ from massage?
“In Rolfing® we work on the deep connective tissue (Fascia) not so much to release or relax it, but to organise it into more efficient patterns of movement, thereby preventing injuries, tension and pain from coming back again and again.
“Rolfing® achieves this through a specific ‘touch’ which is unique to the Rolfing® method and through movement education. Clients are asked to participate in the session very actively, for example by exploring movements through areas of tension and stiffness. You will not fall asleep during a Rolfing® session!”
3. What sorts of conditions can Rolfing® help to treat?
“Rolfing® can help with all conditions related to poor posture, stubborn tensions, or inefficient, strenuous and repetitive movement patterns. It is an excellent method for helping with the prevention of repetitive injuries or enabling musicians or athletes to maintain and improve their performance.
“Rolfing® can also be a gentle and sensitive way to work with children who need help to improve their posture or behavior, or to develop more harmoniously.”
4. Has any research been undertaken that supports its efficacy in treating these conditions?
“Over 20 years of research has been conducted into the Fascia. The European Rolfing® Association (ERA) is leading some of this research and was an instrumental supporter of the First International Fascia Research Congress at Harvard Medical School in 2007. Publications are widely available online.
“As a result of all of this research, it has been discovered that the ‘Rolfing® touch’ is able to induce a reorganisation of the fascia by ‘communicating’ with the fascia’s dense network of sensory receptors. Our method has also become gentler and more efficient over this time.”
5. For someone new to Rolfing®, what can they expect from a session?
“Rolfing® is based on hands-on manipulation of the fascia, as well as movement exploration and education. The Rolfer™ and client work together, communicating through a combination of words and touch, so that each session is tailored to the Client’s needs.
“Traditionally Rolfers™ work with clients within a framework of ten sessions, systematically and gradually addressing deeper fascial layers and more complex functions and movements. The results are long-lasting and life-enhancing.”