EVERYONE can benefit from Rolfing, from babies to children to seniors. You will especially benefit if you're someone who:
Many clients report that doing Rolfing and chiropractic work at the same time helps to keep their adjustments longer. If you have to keep going to back to the chiropractor for the same issue over and over again, then it might be a soft tissue issue instead of a boney issue. In this case, Rolfing could help reduce your need for chiropractic adjustments.
Rolfing in conjunction with psychotherapy can also be beneficial. It can help you become more aware of your body and your internal processes. Some clients report emotional release during the Rolfing process.
Acupuncture works with the chi flow in your body. This flow requires hydrated tissue and no fascial adhesions. As such, Rolfing and acupuncture work well together. Many clients report that getting both together is helpful.
If you've had a recent injury, you would definitely want to get Rolfing cleared by your primary care physician or your physical therapist. Rolfing could be a great addition to your physical therapy regimen to help you repair the damage and keep your whole body functioning together well during the healing process.
If you use your body heavily, Rolfing can provide tremendous benefits. Continual use of your body can lead to fascial adhesions--stuck points--that restrict motion or cause pain. Rolfing can help eliminate these adhesions and help keep your body functioning at it's maximum potential. Weight lifting, especially with improper form or limited range of motion, can lead to imbalanced muscles development. Rolfing can help you learn how to use your whole body in a more coordinated fashion and help to bring balance to your muscle use. You can find more info at the RISI's page on "Rolfing and Athletics".
Are you having trouble getting into "Downward Dog" or other favorite Yoga pose? Rolfing can restore your body to flexibility and allow you deepen your Yoga practice. More info can be found on the RISI's page on "Rolfing and Yoga". If you are a Pilates or Gyrotonics practitioner, Rolfing can help you get a sense of your core and how to stabilize it and move using it.
Many styles of meditation require holding certain positions for extended lengths of time. Rolfing can help you become more flexible and able to get into these positions easier and for a longer period of time. Also, meditation styles that focus on breathing can also benefit from the enhanced ability to breathe that Rolfing confers.