About Rolfing©

Rolfing (also known as Structural Integration) is a process
which improves posture, relieves pain, and makes work,
sports and every day activities less physically stressful.


Rolfing works by stretching the connective tissue (also known as fascia) in chronically tight areas of the body. Connective tissue is the gristle that surrounds muscle, and through age, injury and over use, it becomes dehydrated and glued together… like an old orange that’s difficult to peel. Together, they are called MYOFASCIA. This shortening of the myofascia reduces the range of motion of  body segments, and one’s posture is distorted – like a tent that has some guy wires too short, and others that are stretched too long. As well, nerves, joints and blood vessels are compressed; fatigue and pain increase, and your body feels more or less shrink wrapped.

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In the picture above of a typical muscle, the tendon and “sausage casing” of fascia  (called Epimysium) are the primary areas of focus for Rolfing techniques. With slow, deep pressure from my hands and arms I stretch the tight areas, lengthening the tissue and freeing up adhesions. This allows tissue to re-hydrate, and results in a more spacious body. (I call it excavation-and-irrigation services.) I then align and mobilize the pelvis, sacrum and spine.

For an in-depth discussion about fascia go to: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17936/understanding-fascia-what-it-is-why-you-should-care.html.  If you have a strong gag reflex, then go to The Fuzz Speech: http://youtu.be/BdRqLrCF_Ys

Rolfing looks like  massage done in slow motion. It feels similar to  deep tissue massage, but with more of a stretching sensation. In a traditional massage, hyper-tonic muscles are relaxed. But the relaxation response may be short lived if the fascia isn’t lengthened as well. After Rolfing, you feel relaxed, lighter and taller. People of all ages can benefit from Rolfing. It’s effective for most types of muscle and joint pain, and the best test is to try a session to find out for yourself.

The benefits of Rolfing are usually felt after the first session.  A series of three treatments will produce significant improvements, and a full ten-session series allows for a bumper to bumper over-haul.

Sessions are 75 to 90 minutes in length, and can be done weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. The client usually wears underwear or a two-piece bathing suit, and is covered with a blanket for warmth. At the beginning of a session, your  standing posture and  breathing are assessed.


I’m now retired, and my practice has been transferred to Certified Rolfer Pete VanZyverden.

Pete’s website is lifalignedrolfing.com, and his phone is


Joe’s phone: 250-218-8483. email: ballyhi@shaw.ca