Rolfing Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ): How can Rolfing help Athletes?

How can Rolfing help Athletes?

Rolfing is a technique of deep tissue manipulation which releases tension and realigns the body to improve functioning and wellbeing.

Rolfing is highly beneficial for practicing athletes as well as anyone who trains and pushes their body’s limits on a regular basis whether through enjoyment, preparation for an event/competition or work. The areas that the Rolfing 10 step series can improve are:

  • Quicker muscle recovery
  • Better muscle activation
  • Reduced wear and tear
  • Improved strength
  • Elimination of pain and discomfort
  • Increased range of movement
  • Better posture and alignment
  • Improved co-ordination
  • Increased energy and endurance

Specific field examples:

  • Gymnasts, Musicians, Dancers and Actors:

-Rolfing can create better body awareness, flexibility and coordination.

  • Endurance Athletes and Singers:

-Rolfing can help to free and strengthen the respiratory and vocal muscles increasing breathing capacity and easiness of breath.

  • Sports and Performance – Physical Strength:

Rolfing can help the body to be more grounded and enable greater muscle activation of the correct muscles during exercise.

  • General Sports and Performance:

-Rolfing enables better posture which in turn requires less energy to keep the body in the correct line of gravity. Quicker recovery can also enable the athlete or performer to train for more hours/days each week enabling them gain competitive edge and to reach goals faster.

Quotes from Athletes/Coaches who have experienced Rolfing:

Amy Acuff, Olympic track athlete says says” I use Rolfing to increase my performance. It freed up a lot of space in my movement, increased my range of motion and gave me more efficient muscle control. The increased range of motion helps me refine the use of my proprioceptions, so I know where I am in space. It also streamlined my motor pathways.” [1]

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers coach says, “I’m the kind of person that likes to physically challenge myself. I think (Rolfing) is a valuable resource…for keeping myself together.” [2]

1998 U.S. Paralympic gold medal skier, Sarah Will, says, “Rolfing [SI] increased my performance time 100%. It eliminated my body pain and relaxed my muscles at the starting gate. My concentration and motivation increased, giving me the winning edge. Rolfing [SI] loosened my lower back, shifting strength into my upper back where I need it,and increased my starting time. Seeing these results, and knowing I was in the best shape possible, my confidence rose. I think every sport should include a team Rolfer™ in their training program. Skiing demands a sharp mind. The stronger you are the more confident you become. The injuries (from the accident) left me off balance until I discovered the benefits of Rolfing bodywork, and I’ve been winning ever since.”[3]

Olympic skier, Mickey Egan (wife of Extreme skier, Dan Egan), says, “Rolfing [SI] helps a lot, just in the way it helps me to loosen up, so I’m ready to go again. It’s great. Athletes tend to use the same muscles over and over. They get tighter and tighter and this has an effect on the muscles. We can stretch but not reach everything. Rolfing [SI] helps me reach areas like the ribs, abdominals, upper body, and hips that are hard to get.” [3]

1) Adam Mentzell ‘Sport Performance’. Available at: http://www.getrolfing.com/improved-sports-performance/(Accessed: 1st August 2017)
2) Matt Hsu (February 5, 2008) ‘ Who’s been Rolfed? (famous figures)’ Avalilable at: http://align.org/2008/02/05/whos-been-rolfed-famous-figures/ (Accessed: 1st August 2017)
3) Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (2017) ‘Rolfing Structural Integration’s Approach to…’. Available at: http://www.rolf.org/approach.php (Accessed: 1st August 2017)

For some more informantion about Rolfing please visit: https://www.rolfing-fitsmile-london.co.uk/rolfing-in-london/

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