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      What is the Difference Between

    Rolfing & Massage & Chiropractic?


Massage and chiropractic can be compatible and complement Rolfing. By understanding how they are different, you can make the best choices on how they can be used together.

The massage therapist focuses primarily on releasing tension from the muscles; the chiropractor focuses primarily on the position of the bones; the Rolfer focuses on the connective tissue (fascial system) that connects the muscles and bones. Massage includes many styles of bodywork that generally promotes relaxation, detoxifies the body, increases circulation and loosens tight muscle tissue. Yet, without addressing the connective tissue fascia to balance the whole body, relief from tension is only temporary.

Chiropractic emphasizes freeing spinal joint restrictions and promoting nerve flow to and from the spine. Yet, often it does not address the connective tissue patterns of the whole body and their influence on structural balance, the results are limited and may not last.

Rolfing works with the three-dimensional connective tissue patterns that limit the body's balance, alignment and comfort. It systematically eases the body's strain by resolving patterns of compensation and integrating the body's segments in an improved relationship.  Rolfing evokes order, support, and efficient movement and promotes healing beyond mere symptom relief.

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