"Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin.
In order to enhance function,
appropriate form must exist or be created."
Ida P. Rolf
Florian is a Certified Rolfer™ and was trained at the European Rolfing Association (ERA) in Munich. His background is music and the stage and he has been working in Europe and in the UK as a classical singer in opera and concert for many years.
He found Rolfing after experiencing severe back pain. Through the ten sessions he gained immense benefits, not only in pain relief and increased flexibility, but also in balance and alignment. These changes transformed his daily wellbeing as well as his artistic potential on stage. (Read more)
Align In Time therefore offers special insights for all kinds of performers and musicians, especially singers, actors, dancers, public speakers, CEOs and in fact, anyone wishing to optimise their health and perform at their peak.
What is Rolfing®?
Rolfing is a soft tissue manipulation that balances and realigns the body and increases its efficiency by releasing tension and strain. The method was invented by Dr. Ida P. Rolf more than 50 years ago. The philosophy behind the method is deeply rooted in the body's relationship to gravity and its consequences. Within evolution, the upright human body answered the challenge of gravity through alignment. If alignment gets lost through injuries, stress, wrong movement patterns, emotions etc. the natural response of the body to gravity is distorted and the physiology reacts with compensation movements and holding tensions that often lead to pain.
Rolfing is a hands on treatment and a movement education. The Rolfer™ uses manual techniques to unblock areas in the body where the fascia, the connective tissue, has lost its ability to provide flexibility and stability. The practitioner continually assesses where movement stops traveling through the body and within 10 sessions the whole body is worked on; from top to bottom and from outside to inside. Each session has a specific goal and timing within the process of alignment. It is however, possible to book sessions individually. Clients are welcome to come for a session as often as they wish.
Rolfing can address
Pain and chronic pain relief
Scoliosis, Lordosis, Kyphosis
Preparation for surgery
Hip and shoulder problems
Foot arch problems
Balance, Stability and Orientation
Stiffness and movement restrictions
Challenges after childbirth
The Rolfing process is designed to create greater ease and flexibility in the body, relieving areas of pain and restoring range of movement. The consequences can be felt on many levels. By addressing chronic alignment imbalances, Rolfing can release new energy and joy, affording the brain more power for mental and emotional clarity and better perception of movement quality. Clients also often report improvements in sleep quality, in turn leading to better mood, clear focus, improved memory and vitality.
If you have any specific questions about how Rolfing can help you, please contact me.
Who is it for?
Every body can benefit from a Rolfing treatment!
Today, many people spend a lot of time sitting and working in front of computers. Rolfing can very effectively redress the impact on strained hands, arms, necks and backs. It can also be a great way to help the body recover after long-haul travel.
As we age, our bodies often experience loss in range of movement, balance issues or challenges to our ability in fine motor coordination. Rolfing nourishes the connective tissue and stimulates the nervous system, as well as freeing up restricted joints, so it is great for older clients too.
After childbirth many women experience difficulty with freeing their bodies from strains sustained during pregnancy and labor. Sometimes lower back pain and pain round the pelvic area are present. Rolfing can help the body to recover and also to deal with the challenges of carrying a baby around after birth and during breastfeeding stages.
In optimising bio-mechanical efficiency, Rolfing is especially helpful to and popular among people who want their bodies to reach and retain peak performance states. Many athletes, for instance, use Rolfing to assist them with the maintenance of peak flexibility and mobility in their bodies, as well as using it to assist injury recovery. Yoga practitioners and martial artists find that Rolfing helps to integrate their movements efficiently with the individual demands of their bodies and disciplines.
Singers, musicians and actors also gain direct benefits from the better bodily alignment that Rolfing brings. Having greater ease and poise translates as confidence on stage, improving all kinds of movement efficiency and creativity to support sustained success in these demanding disciplines. Find more information here.
Rolfing can also support growth in psychological issues of life, such as finding balance and stability, and in feeling "grounded" and supported by a vital and healthy body.
“Over and over again, people come to me, and they tell me, You just don’t know how strong I am. They say “strength” and I want to hear “balance.” The strength idea has effort in it; this is not what I’m looking for. Strength that has effort in it is not what you need; you need the strength that is the result of ease.”
Ida P. Rolf
The 10 sessions
The beginning of the journey
The longest journey starts with the first breath. Session one is all about freeing the breathing through easing the structures round torso, shoulders and neck. Part of the session is also to level the pelvis and to differentiate it from the thorax. As it is the beginning of the process, it is very important to establish a good relationship between Rolfer and client. A preliminary interview is therefore considered crucial as an opportunity for the client to express his or her wishes, and for the Rolfer to gather information.
The ground we are moving on
We are supported by the ground we connect with, as we walk and move. In session to we try to create an awareness of this connection. The work in session two is mainly focused on the feet and the lower leg. The end of the session also includes the back, and we try to see if we can get more support for the whole body from our legs.
Front and back
The theme of session three is the balance of front and back. Work along the imaginative border at the sides of the body, known as the "lateral line", makes us aware of our sides. As session three is also the end of the so called "sleeve sessions" we bring together what session one and two have given us so far and connect it to breathing and walking.
The core- the lift from the middle
Sessions four to seven are called the "core sessions" since we are working with deeper structures. The idea is now to establish a lift in the center of the body from the inner mid-line of the legs. This can be achieved by working along the inner border of the legs, organising the structure up from the ankles to the pelvis.
In the centre
The deepest work within the 10 sessions is the one in session five. Creating space for the visceral structures is the aim as well as creating ease in walking through freeing the iliopsoas muscle. A free psoas creates a different quality of connection between the legs and the spine which often results in the feeling of more freedom in walking.
The spine and the sacrum
In session six the Rolfer works on the back. The focus lies on bringing freedom round the sacrum through organising the whole backside of the body from the feet, legs, the pelvis and the spine up to neck and shoulders.
Head and neck
Aligning the head with the shoulders needs a profound organisation of the rest of the body. In session seven therefore, all the preparation for this will be the focus. It can include work inside the mouth and the nose. A liberating freedom and a new perception of orientation can be the consequence of a successful session seven. Headaches, TMJ or neck pain are issues that can especially be addressed at this part of the process. In my studio there is a special emphasis also given to the voice and the whole laryngeal and pharyngeal area. A free voice enables new possibilities for self-expression and can help to release trapped emotions.
Session eight and nine feature the integration of all the elements that have so far been achieved during the process. All of the new information that has been brought into the body, overwriting old movement patterns, may be further adjusted here, to free the body and to invite a new level of ease and grace.
Arriving at the 10th session we come to the end of the series. The work that is left for this last session organises the connective tissue in a global way, rather than at local areas. A special focus can be put on how to bring the results and discoveries of the Rolfing journey into the client's daily life. Whatever changes have been reached will continue to influence the body even after the 10 sessions. Further steps are discussed for consolidation of these changes, and to sow the seeds for future developments.
Align in time
239 High Holborn
1st floor (entrance in Little Turnstile)
Out of hours appointments available by special arrangement.
Out of hours appointments available by special arrangement.
Rolfing sessions last up to 75 minutes and cost £90.
Voice work sessions last 30 minutes and cost £55.
Student discounts are available on request.
Sessions that combine Rolfing and a singing lesson (duration up to two hours) are available on special request.