Many people suffer with pain and instability in the body. Rolfing and movement work can help strengthen the body, treating the pain and increasing stability. The aim of movement work is mobilizing the parts of the body that are restricted, such as the joints and fascia, but not to hyper-mobilize unstable areas.
Good, clear stabilization work is facilitated in many sessions, giving specific awareness and strength exercises. These involve enhancing sensory awareness, using the enhanced awareness to improve coordination, developing stability and using that stability as the basis of strengthening work.
The primary idea behind this treatment protocol is the development of strength through perceptual core stability. The strength work helps because clients shouldn’t need to always hold a conscious intent to be stable. The muscular work, informed by improved awareness, coordination and perceptual core stability, becomes a helpful habit.
Source: Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner Robert McWilliams. For more information or to connect, email RobMcWilliams@mac.com.