Workplace Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics directly affects your posture
“Finding solutions to the problems posed by ergonomic hazards may well be the most significant workplace safety and health issue of the 1990’s.”
– the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Your posture is affected by the ergonomics of the equipment used on your job, such as chairs, tables, computer consoles, and the general layout of the work environment. Movement education received in Rolfing sessions greatly increases your understanding of your own biomechanics and therefore how to improve the ergonomics in your workplace.
Rolfing corrects unbalanced posture
Most people have a “random” organization to their body structure because their muscles and related tissue layers are haphazardly tight and loose. In a well balanced body, each tissue and muscle layer fits smoothly over the bones, providing even muscle tone and support. Rolfing restructures the muscle layers from the bones to the surface. The result is a balanced and centered posture in which you will sit and stand straighter and taller with less effort. You may also find that you breath more easily and fully, and look and feel lighter.
Underlying connective tissue key to posture
Imbalance occurs in a body due to:
- injuries and trauma
- physical or emotional stress
- poor posture habits
- repetitive movement patterns
- normal aging
- the ever-present pull of gravity
These forces cause the connective tissue (fascia) and muscles to migrate across the skeleton. As they do, they carry the bones away from their optimal position of support. This in-turn, causes other areas to compensate by moving more fascia to make up the lost support. In some areas, the fascia may become hard, tight, and sore, which restricts flexibility. In Rolfing, the fascia is returned to its optimal area of support, thus correcting your overall posture, and allowing a more youthful movement pattern to re-emerge.