Rolfing was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist who found she could achieve changes in posture and structure by manipulating the body's connective tissue. She called her work Structural Integration, but it was nicknamed "Rolfing" by clients and practitioners.
Rolfers use their fingers, hands, and elbows to slowly work through deep layers of tissue to release tension. Rolfing has a reputation for being painful, but there has been more emphasis on gentle techniques in recent years. Many find it helpful in bringing relief from chronic pain.
Classic Rolfing involves series of ten treatments, but most Rolfers will treat you with fewer sessions. For more information go to www.rolf.org.