Some of the Surprise Benefits of Rolfing

A number of years ago, I had a fellow come to me who was a golf pro. He reported to me that he was experiencing sciatic pain, and this was impinging on his ability to play golf.

After an initial evaluation, he decided he would benefit from a Rolfing treatment with me. So, we went through the ten session program, and as we did, his pain began to diminish. A few weeks later he reported to me an interesting occurrence. He was regaining power in his swing and was hitting the ball much further than he had in years.

Needless to say he was quite happy, and as a result, he made the decision to get back into competitive golf, which for some time he had not been able to participate in.

Over the years, many, many people who play golf have come to me for help with the alleviation of their pain. There is a great variety of overuse and strain injuries that avid golfers are prone to, including golfer’s and tennis elbow, shoulder rotator cuff strain, and knee and wrist pain. Since the glutes are involved in hip rotation and the sciatic nerve runs under the glute muscle known as the piriformis, many golfers, like my golf pro client, end up with sciatica.

Many postural faults, such as one hip being higher or rounded shoulders, can not only set one up for injury but also detract from the power of your swing. In addition, as the connective tissue/fascial muscular wrappings become shortened, one’s flexibility and range of motion becomes increasingly challenged. Postural patterns and lack of flexibility are both resolved through Rolf bodywork. After treatment, many of my golfing clients report to me that they are able to more easily and powerfully swing their club and as a result, their golf game improves and they actually lower their score.

Golfers are known to invest a lot of money in equipment , trainers, shoes, etc. In addition to proper stretching and appropriate strengthening exercise, Rolf bodywork should be a key investment for anyone serious about the game.

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About the writer: Robert Auerbach

~ Since Robert began practicing in 1996, he was asked what he finds most compelling about his work with Structural Integration. He answered, "Watching my clients change before my eyes, ... watching life-long postural and structural problems disappear, ... seeing their amazement as their breathing dramatically improves in the first session, and the smiles on their faces as they get off the table and find the pain and limitations they came in with, gone or significantly improved." In addition to his Rolf Training, Robert has been trained in Comprehensive Energy Psychology (including EFT and TAT). He has developed the Higher Self Repatterning Process for clearing out old emotional and karmic patterns quickly. For more information contact Robert at : (313) 407-6343

One Response to Some of the Surprise Benefits of Rolfing

  1. Rachel Lannister April 24, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    I had heard about rolfing in the past and was wondering what exactly it was. You wrote that it is used by many, including athletes to help correct their posture. With proper posture, it would put less strain on your body. I’ll have to find a good rolfing professional, so that I can enjoy life with my body properly aligned.


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