Experiencing aches and pains is often an accepted part of life, whether you’re active or otherwise… but it doesn’t have to be that way and the good news is that if you are feeling stiff and sore, you can help restore full mobility with massage techniques of some kind.
There are all sorts of different techniques and massage disciplines you can consider and the best course of action for you will largely depend on your specific complaints. However, you may want to look into the benefits of Rolfing Structural Integration – or Rolfing for short.
This type of deep tissue massage aims to target the fascia (your connective tissue) in particular, releasing tension all over your body and realigning the tissue to help drive postural improvements. Other key benefits of this technique include flexibility improvements and you may also find that it can help reduce chronic stress and pain.
Named after founder biochemist Ida Rolf, the practice involves a range of different tissue manipulation techniques – and it’s important to note that it’s different to more traditional types of massage and physical therapy.
Rolfing is somewhat similar to myofascial release work (which many of you exercise enthusiasts out there may already do). While both target the fascia, Rolfing focuses more on treating fascia issues throughout the entire body to return it to its proper alignment, whereas myofascial release targets specific areas of the body that feel tight or sore.
Typically, Rolfing is carried out over a series of ten sessions, with the aim being to balance and optimise the shape and movement of your body in a holistic way.
Many people have found these techniques to be beneficial in helping with sports injuries, improving athletic performance, addressing lower back pain, correcting scoliosis, increasing energy levels and so on.
Of course, you can achieve similar results with more traditional massage techniques as well, so if you are feeling a little sore and out of sorts physically at the moment, get in touch with the Clear Physio team today to see how we can help.