when the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through; then spontaneously, the body heals itself - ida rolf


Breathe Deep, Stand Tall,
Sit with Ease.

Rolfing® is an approach to releasing tension that is held in the connective tissue of the body, called fascia. Sometimes compared to glue or fabric, fascia gives the body its own unique shape - it literally holds everything together! And when I say everything, I mean - everything. Fascia is found around every cell, muscle, nerve bundle and bone in the body. Through a variety of life experiences this connective tissue can become bunched together (think scar tissue), pulled or twisted, creating an imbalance in the body which can lead to pain, stiffness or a lack of mobility, and possibly even illness.

Rolfers ‘see’ the body in a unique way - in relationship to gravity. This relationship can be as complex as the body itself, so we use a framework called ‘The 10 Sessions’, which aims at resolving the root of the inconsistencies through an embodied educational process. This framework addresses the body's structure (how we look), coordination (how we move) and perception (how we use our senses), giving the client agency to navigate through space from a place of awareness and ease, changing one’s understanding of physical reality.



Embodiment Through Exploration. 

The relationship with gravity is a key aspect of the Rolfing process, so it makes sense that the question of how we move through gravity is at the core of Rolf Movement®.

A Rolf Movement session addresses movement patterns — particularly how we orient and resource ourselves. The session might revolve around questions like:


  • how do we bear weight and rest down in order to lift up?

  • how economical is the movement?

  • where does movement placing unnecessary stress on the rest of the system?

  • is the range of perception regarding the movement?

  • what might make the movement more balanced and complete?

It may be that we look at day to day macro-movements such as standing, walking, sitting and breathing, but often there may be a specific movement that has led to injury or chronic pain, such as swinging through a tennis serve, the habitual gait of a runner, or a sequence of yoga asanas. It may even be that there is an unexplored micro-movement that is the root of the problem that is blocked or overcompensating in a different part of the body.

The session is generally split between work with movement combined with touch to a deconstruct fascial holding patterns, to rebuild spacial awareness and refine sensitivity in areas that are under-utilised.

The goal of any movement session is to look for a more efficient, integrated way to relate to gravity, and to restore our innate ability to find direction through opposition.


Is Rolfing painful?

Rolfing can be uncomfortable at times due to the nature of releasing connective tissue that can become ‘sticky’ and ‘bunched up’. However, it can also be very relaxing and feel good in a way like it is hitting a ‘sweet spot’. The best thing to do is be communicative through the session so that nothing is too uncomfortable. Over time, that uncomfortable feeling actually starts to feel rather good when you feel the lasting benefits.

What do I wear in a Rolfing session?

Rolfing works best when in contact with the skin. Wearing underwear or a bikini bathing suit is ideal, but if for some reason you would prefer to wear loose clothing, that can also work.

What should I eat/drink before a session?

If you can refrain from eating 1 hour before the session, that might increase your comfort level while lying on the couch. Drinking during the session when needed is ok.

Do I have to sign up for all ten sessions?

No. Each session is your choice, but it is recommended to do your best to complete three sessions before making a decision if you’d like to continue. Rolfing is a process with a purpose, and each session has a theme and a ‘goal’ to contributing to a reset and relearning about how to inhabit the body and to be in an efficient relationship with gravity.

I’m pregnant, can I be Rolfed?

Yes, it is safe to be Rolfed whilst pregnant, but it is important to let me know about any unique health situations.

I have cancer, can I be Rolfed?

The short answer is, that depends on where you are in the treatment, and the type of cancer. Please contact me using the contact form below to discuss your situation and what is right for you.

How Is Rolfing® Different From Other Bodywork?

Rolfing® works with the soft tissue, similar to massage and physical therapy, However, massage, osteopaths and chiropractors generally addresses problems that are more acute and the primary goal is often one of relaxation. Massage is not designed to treat long-standing structural or chronic issues. Chiropractors and Osteopaths principally concentrate on bones and manual adjustments to the spine. Rolfers™ work with the soft tissue system known as ‘fascia’. Fascia is a specialised highly inervated system of body tissue that you can conceptualise as being similar to a spider’s web or the densely woven yarn of a woollen jumper. Fascia is also densely woven; it covers and penetrates every muscle, nerve, artery, vein and bone. It also enfolds all of our internal organs, including the brain, lungs, heart and spinal cord. The entire body is inter-connected to every other part by the fascial system. Just as a distortion or tight pull of the woollen yarn in a jumper affects the shape and container of the entire jumper, the body also develops myofascial restrictions over time through trauma, surgery and inflammation. Rolfers™ work directly on the fascia to improve its pliability, remove restrictions and re-organise the body as a whole. The Rolfing® process puts a vast amount of new information into the body which provides changed structural relationships, greater body awareness and new movement possibilities.