Eight Connective Tissue Facts

  1. The Rolfing method of bodywork is unique in that it focusses mainly on making beneficial changes to the body’s connective tissue system, The connective tissue system or fascial network as it is also called forms a dense matrix of intelligent fibres which permeate and connect every cell in the body
  2. Ida Rolf who developed the Rolfing method in the 1950’s called Connective tissue “the organ of shape”. She realised that whilst connective tissues help to support us in gravity through poor postural and movement habits it can also bind us into painful and unhealthy alignment.
  3. Connective tissue fibres are always growing and changing to support what we do. Many of these fibres link directly to the limbic (emotional) brain centres, this is why our shape often reflects how we “think” and “feel”
  4. Like a secondary nervous system the connective tissue network communicates mechanical information around the body at the speed of sound (700 mph) much faster than the Nervous system which works at between 7 – 170 mph.
  5. Collagen fibres in connective tissue have the same tensile strength and spring capacity as stainless steel
  6. Fascial sheets traverse the body, surface to deep and from head to toes. Recent research has shown that about 80% of the energy meridians used in Traditional Chinese Medicine follow the same pathways
  7. 90% of the nerve receptors which transmit pain from an injury or strain are found in Connective tissue not muscle. This explains why the release of fascial strain during a Rolfing series very often alleviates long standing pain too.
  8. In addition to the physical and emotional benefits of Rolfing, clients are often up to 2 inches taller after receiving the classic Rolfing ten series.