What is Rolfing? How does it lead to height increase?

Rolfing is a kind of deep massage and "movement education" developed by Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979), a biochemist and therapist. Dr. Rolf claimed she found a correlation between muscular tensions and pent up emotions. Rolfing is the name given to Dr. Rolf's method of massage, which transcends chiropractic in that it is based on the notion that emotional as well as physical health depends upon being properly aligned. Alignment must be of much more than just the spine. To be healthy, according to Rolfers, you must align your head, ankles, hips, thorax, pelvis, knees, shoulders, ears, etc., in just the right way or else the evils of gravity will be felt. By being properly aligned, gravity enhances personal energy leading to a healthy body and emotional state.

In short, Rolfing enables one to have all the body parts in perfect alignment with earth gravity in such a way that the effect of gravity to your body is minimized. When gravity effect is minimized on spine and other parts, they are less compressed and able to stand up taller and lead to overall height increase.

How is Rolfing done?

The deep massage techniques employed in Rolfing structural integration seek to loosen and relax the fascia—the membranes that surround the muscles. Rolfing practitioners believe that the fascia toughen and thicken over time, subtly contorting the body and throwing it out of healthy alignment.

To break up knots in the fascia and "reset" the muscles, Rolfing practitioners apply slow, sliding pressure with their knuckles, thumbs, fingers, elbows, and knees. The treatments are not mild and relaxing—indeed, they can cause a degree of pain. However, practitioners view this temporary discomfort as a sign that the treatment is achieving the changes necessary to bring the body back into proper alignment.

Before beginning the treatments, your therapist will take a full medical and personal history, and evaluate your posture and body structure for signs of tension and misalignment. The treatments themselves are performed while you lie or sit on a massage table or floor mat. You'll probably be asked to synchronize your breathing with the therapist's manipulations. You may also be required to move your arms and legs in certain ways.

During each session, the Rolfing practitioner will concentrate on a different set of muscles, starting with those nearest the surface and moving on to those deep within the body. To maximize the benefits of treatment, the therapist may also teach you self-help exercises known as "movement integration."

While the treatments have no lasting side effects, they sometimes prove painful. They are also said to occasionally release suppressed memories of severe emotional anguish.