- Order and Disorder
- The Whole Point
- Two Fundamentals of Rolfing
- A Note on the Nervous System
- The Series
A Note on the Nervous System
Rolfing can't be done to "just" the body. We refer to integration, ordering, and organization, and it's important to note that none of this can happen without the mind. Every change that happens in the body, every step toward better order, depends on the nervous system to incorporate and coordinate it into new patterns of movement.
So Rolfing's effectiveness relies on higher-level sensing and coordination to make use of the new possibilities and patterns that have arisen in the body. As we've said, the body is self-organizing, and a significant part of that process goes on in the many levels of the nervous system.
For this reason, Rolfers frequently involve the client's participation during a session, asking for sensation or movement. This helps the whole person incorporate changes that will last. It's also a process that takes time, so we tend to work in a series of sessions.