Muscular pain, poor mobility, bad posture - there are many ways to treat these issues. Here is how Rolfing has helped hundreds of UFIT clients move freely and comfortably again.
Rolfing is a hands-on therapy that takes a holistic, full body approach to let you move more easily and comfortably. Through manipulation of connective tissue, Rolfers improve postural alignment and structure over the long-term. Unlike massage, which often focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing focuses on improving body alignment and functioning.
Also known as structural integration, Rolfing has been used by many professional athletes to rehabilitate injuries, break up scar tissue, and increase range of motion to improve performance and avoid future injuries. Dancers and musicians often use it to increase comfort in their bodies while performing, as well as avoid repetitive stress injuries.
In the UFIT Clinic, Rolfing has helped clients needing postural corrections after weight loss or pregnancy, office workers with repetitive strain from sitting too long, and others with injuries or tightness from their training.
When you first visit Maria Hussain, UFIT's Rolfing specialist, she will get you to stand while she checks your posture and how your joints are positioned. While you may go to see her with a knee issue, she will quickly seek any imbalances in other parts of the body which may cause the knee pain - such as a lack of ankle mobility - and treat that first.
Says Maria "Walking is the most functional exercise of the body yet often we don't walk correctly which can cause postural issues, joint immobility and pain as we place pressure on other parts of the body".
ROLFING WORKS HOLISTICally BY TREATING CONNECTIVE TISSUE
Rolfing embraces a wide range of approaches including osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, yoga and the Alexander Technique. It manipulates the body’s Myofascial system - the connective tissue (fascia) - which is the biological fabric that holds us together and enables stability of muscles and bones while allowing movement, and is crucial in high performance and central in recovery from injury.
Says Maria: "My objective is to lengthen, stretch and soften affected tissue to improve posture and bring the body’s natural structure into proper balance, alignment and integration".
Injury, stress, exercise, and work related repetitive movements can cause fascia to lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter and denser. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment which can cause pain, discomfort and fatigue. By fascial manipulation remarkable changes in posture and structure can be achieved.
Rachel Flynn, who visited Maria for treatment after a car accident shares her experience:
"At my first appointment I was hunched over and my entire body was in a state of shock. I wasn't aware of how I was carrying myself. Maria’s knowledge of the effect of a road traffic accident on the body has been key to my recovery. She explained what was going on with the myofascial tissue, which helped me gain confidence to start moving normally again. I'm exercising again and Maria continues to assist me by identifying movements I need to get my normal gait back and minimise pain. Aside from that, Maria is such a helpful person and has been a great support on getting me the best results in recovery".
An aligned and balanced body can ease strain patterns in the entire system and improve breathing and increase energy, boost self-confidence and relieve physical and mental stress. Rolfing has also been shown to reduce spinal curvature in people with lordosis (sway back), and enhance neurological functioning.
WHO IS ROLFING FOR?
Rolfing is beneficial for everyone - for pain management, to enhance athletic performance, to facilitate injury rehabilitation and anyone who just wants to move better and feel more co-ordinated and aligned in their body.
ABOUT MARIA HUSSAIN
I’ve been been practicing bodywork for more than 10 years and I’m a qualified Structural Integration practitioner, studying with Tom Myers the author of Anatomy Trains and the founder of KMI Structural Integration, Meyers is an advanced Rolfer with more than 40 years’ experience. For more information on Rolfing visit www.anatomytrains.com/at/kmi/experience/
Maria is based at the UFIT Clinic, at both 6 Raffles Quay and one-north.