Rolfing® SI en fysieke activiteiten

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Can Rolfing help Athletes and Performers?

Will Rolfing help my Yoga?


Can Rolfing help Athletes and Performers?

Many athletes and performers use Rolfing to help them achieve their best on the playing field or on the stage.  Whether you are a professional athlete or just wanting to stay in shape, Rolfing can assist you to become better at what you do.  Professional baseball, basketball and football players, as well as Olympic skiers, skaters, track stars and cyclists have used Rolfing as a tool to help them prepare for, recover from injury and compete at the highest levels of their sport.

Professional dancers and musicians also use Rolfing to help keep their bodies free of injury, flexible and mobile for their concerts and performances.  Several credit Rolfing with allowing them to continue performing well past the point where the repetitive nature of practices and performances would have cut their careers short.  One moving story is that of Leon Fleisher, told through the documentary “Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story (2006)”, the story of his return to performing, which he credits to Rolfing.

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Can Rolfing help my Yoga?

Since Rolfing's beginning, it has been influenced by ideas that originated in yoga. Dr Rolf's own practice of yoga had a profound impact on her understanding of the body. Thus, Rolfing and yoga have much in common, especially their mutual emphasis on body alignment and graceful movement.

The practice of yoga is a Hindu discipline for achieving union with the spirit and the body through meditative concentration, prescribed postures, and controlled breathing. Both Rolfing and yoga allow us to rediscover a sense of wholeness in the body and life so that we can experience inner peace and freedom.

Bodies function best when they are aligned in gravity. In Rolfing, we work with the body, using hands-on techniques to change patterns of tension and strain that often cause pain or prevent the person from finding proper alignment. The yoga student follows the precise verbal instructions of a good teacher to practice postures that employ specific alignments of the body to find balance throughout.

Another principle of Rolfing is the concept of palintonicity, which means simultaneous movement in two opposing directions, the result of which is a sense of lengthening in the body; yoga has a similar concept. Yoga and Rolfing compliment each other providing an experience of strength, balance and freedom, as well as a long lasting tension-free sense of ease, health and spiritual well-being.

Through Rolfing, martial artists and yoga practitioners can often deepen their practice, or alleviate old injuries and restrictions that have limited progress. Many Rolfers themselves practice Yoga or the Martial Arts.

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