Rolfing is a treatment process developed in the middle of the 20th century by a Ida Pauline Rolf.

Often described as a cross between physiotherapy and massage, the focus is on the client’s posture, working on the connective tissue to relieve joint issues throughout the body. The goal is always to create greater ease through the body.

Rolfing is about returning your body to its optimum structure, via the realignment of the interconnective tissues (or myofascial layer) that hold the muscles in place. It is usually done in a series – taking the form of a number of one-on-one sessions that follow a specific plan, moving through different body parts and muscle groups with methodical rigour.

What happens on my first visit?

Caitriona will review your medical history and answer any questions you may have. She will then watch you stand and walk, so she can see how you move and how you support yourself.

Your session will be customised based on her observations. You will then lie down on a comfortable table and Caitriona will give you a blanket or a hot pack if you get chilled easily. Caitriona will work at a level where the intensity does not surpass your ability to relax and keep breathing. Sometimes she will ask you to do a slow, gentle movement, like reaching your arm above your head, to help reprogram the movement patterns as she works.

At the end of the session, you may feel lighter, or more grounded or simply more comfortable. You’ll walk again at the end of the session, a chance for you to feel the changes and let Caitriona know how you feel. This will also help Caitriona visually evaluate your progress.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.