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Rolfing focuses on restoring order to the body’s structure so that it is structurally integrated and aligned with gravity. Through a series of 10 one-hour sessions, the soft tissue (muscles, tendons and fascia) of the body is remolded into a looser and straighter shape. This procedure of sculpturing is a slow, firm manipulation of the soft tissue. As pressure is applied to the tissue, the body releases tension as it relaxes.

Each session focuses on specific goals and areas of the body. These sessions are cumulative, as each session builds on the results of the previous session. As the body is reordered, so are its movement patterns. New, more efficient habits enhance the structural changes, preventing the likelihood of a re-injury or the return of old tension.

Releasing stress in the body
Most often, the need for Rolfing is stress-related. It may be due to stress resulting from an accident, athletics or repetitive motion; or it may be the psychological stress that we all endure.

For example, an old childhood injury may be compounded by a sports injury and then accentuated by a minor auto accident. Six months after the auto accident, in spite of all that has been done to get well, pain still lingers. While many therapies treat recent conditions with success, a chronic condition may actually underline the most recent injury. To relieve the pain of the recent injury, the chronic tension needs to be released. When a tight body experiences one too many traumas, it no longer has any resilience.

Simply put, even the healthiest body will reach a place where there is no more room for stress. This body will remain tense until the older trauma is released as well as the more recent trauma. Rolfing addresses these long-held traumas as well as the more recent traumas.

Rolfing in the news and on TV
The Oprah Winfrey Show devoted a section of their program to Rolfing. The million people who have been Rolfed , until now, have driven the growth of Rolfing’s popularity. It was only a matter of time before Rolfing became main stream. Oprah’s show will likely be a major contributing factor. Oprah is known for investigating and scouting relatively undiscovered phenomenon that can help people. Oprah´s allure is base on her ability to discover the next beneficial wave. Vogue magazine is also touting the benefits of Rolfing.

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal write about the success of Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary Two Hands. The film is about classical pianist Leon Fleisher return to performing. Fleisher used Rolfing as one of his therapies to recover from extreme focal dystonia.

Good Morning Spokane did a segment on Marcus´ pilot study on Rolfing and cellulite.

The structure of the Rolfing series
Basic Rolfing usually consists of 10 sessions performed between twice a week to once per month. After an integration period, which may be six months to a year, clients often return for a short series of advanced Rolfing. One-session tune-ups are conducted to alleviate new problems.

Owen’s Rolfing

With more than 28 years of experience as a Rolfing practitioner, Owen Marcus has developed his own refinements of Rolfing. Through his graceful approach to Rolfing, it is possible to achieve significant changes with the minimal amount of effect.

Owen Marcus, MA is Certified Advance Rolfer in Sandpoint, ID. He has trained and employed other Rolfers in his integrative medical clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. He conducted Rolfing research with ASU and employed his Sports Rolfing approach on Olympic and professional athletes. His Rolfing sites are and He can be reached at 208.265.8440.

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