Contact details

Rolfing Bristol Ltd
45 Trelawney Road

Company No. 08004933

Tel: 0117 973 5987

Mob: 0777 255 7707




How the body works:

   Rolfing, developed by the late Ida P. Rolf PhD, is based on her understanding that there is a natural 'blueprint' to the body, that is, a basic design that allows the person to be at their best. When our body is structured in this way, every part of it has the freedom to work adequately at it's job. For example, joints that fit well together, can move correctly with no strain; arteries or veins that are not compressed transmit blood freely, as they should; a rib-cage that has it's natural span can allow for optimum breathing, and so on.

   A number of factors such as long-held stress, bad posture, accidents, etc. will cause the body to lose it's natural alignment. Over time these distortions are then held firmly in place by very tough fibres made of something called: 'Connective Tissue'. At this point, the space that various body systems need in order to do their job properly, is compromised.

   For example, if we have sat at a desk, allowing our chest to sink down for long lengths of time, eventually our chest will become tight and our breathing will become consistently shallow. Maybe our chin juts forward as if peering at a screen, and where initially it was a movement of choice, it eventually becomes a permanent fixture, often leading to headaches and sore shoulders.

   Each one of us will adapt to our life's stresses in a unique way, and end up with an individual stress pattern. The repercussions of these distortions vary widely, but include most common complaints that are not yet specific medical conditions, such as sore shoulders, back-pain, knee issues, muscle-aches, head-aches, excessive tiredness, pinched nerves, poor circulation, poor breathing, anxiety, poor posture, lack of flexibility, pain when exercising, lack of confidence, a strained voice, and so on.

The Solution:

   Dr P Ida Rolf PHD developed this system of re-intergration. Rolfing consists of three different steps which are inter-laced with each other.

   The first step is a visual assessment of the individual "Stress Pattern". This is the pattern of strain that is the result of the person's life-long experiences. No two patterns are the same. By observing this pattern of distortion, we gain insight into what parts of the body have unduly tightened and need to be released.

   The second step involves physical manipulation to unpick stuck or shortened connective tissue. This is the main part of Rolfing. Layers of connective tissue are released systematically, as if a "body-sized knot" were being unravelled. Different individuals will be able to let go of varying levels of tension. Some people find dramatic changes each session, some feel a gradual letting go of strain over time.

   The third step of Rolfing is that as the tissue becomes more resilient again, it is possible to review old habits and re-design movements that are more conducive to well-being.