Results & Research

Are there psychological results from Rolfing® Structural Integration?

Standing Straight While Rolfing is primarily concerned with structural changes, any change in the physical body affects the whole person. A human being is comprised of many aspects—attitudes, emotions, behavior and structure. Each is related to all the others.

Rolfing clients often report positive changes in their outlook on life and in their ability to handle emotional changes.

Rolfing and Reseach

Several scientific studies of Rolfing have been conducted. For example, in a controlled study at the UCLA Department of Kinesiology, Drs. Valerie V. Hunt and Wayne W. Massey established that the aim of Rolfing, “to create and maintain a more balanced energy system which conserves energy rather than expends it,” was, in fact, achieved. They found that,

  1. “Movements were smoother, larger and less constrained.
  2. There were less extraneous movements.
  3. Body movements were more dynamic and energetic.
  4. Carriage was more erect and there was less obvious strain to maintain held positions.”

Other research projects include a study of Rolfing and its positive effects on the autonomic nervous system published in Physical Therapy, The Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, March 1988 issue.