The Principles of Rolfing
There are three levels of health intervention: relaxive, corrective and wholistic. Rolfing is
the third level, wholistic. It relates to the person, and their environment. Meaning that it is
concerned with the whole person rather than the treatment of parts. It does this by helping the
person find greater and greater levels of performance and well-being at every aspect of being
alive, within the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
This principal brings up the concept of adaptability of people to gravity, or how do you
compensate for the effects of gravity over time. Rolfing through fascial release and somatic
integration can change those negative gravitational affects and show how you use gravity to
The idea here is that movement has to be supported from below by structural integration.
That ease of movement is in proportion to the structures integration of the support system,
Palantonicity, it's not in the dictionary because it is a Rolfing word derived from the
ancient Greek word palantonos, which means literally stretched back and forth. What this means
is that you can't touch one part of the person without touching the other parts. Front-back,
top-bottom, left-right, sleeve-core etcetera. But there is an order in which the palantonic
aspects of the body are addressed. They are unlocked like a dial slipping over tumblers that
eventually unlock the safe.
Closure happens within each session and at the end of the ten series. Closure does not just
happen, it needs to be prepared. The client needs to be able to take what they have learned
during the Rolfing sessions into their life. So the Rolfer states what they have found during
the integration sessions and then gives the client homework so the sessions can be wholly