New massage technique called ‘rolfing’ being practiced in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–There’s no mood music or dim lighting at this therapy massage session.

Instead, Brooke Thomas is rolfing, which is deep tissue therapy. There are only 1,000 people certified to do it worldwide, and two of them are in New Haven.

“In most forms of massage therapy, they are working over muscle bellies, increasing circulation, detoxifying and that kind of thing,” Thomas said.

“What we’re working in is a deeper tissue layer – the fascia- which wraps around every muscle. It also forms the interior architecture of the muscle. It supports our organs. It wraps our bones.”

It’s a strategic approach to unglueing the deep connective tissue at the heart of the problem– for long term results.

“We’re trying to integrate structure, we’re trying to change alignment in an easy way where people can feel more supported from the inside out,” Thomas said.

“We wind up seeing a lot of people who are in long term chronic pain or really dealing with mobility issues. They don’t know why they have such tight hamstrings, why they have so much neck pain,” Thomas said.

Rachel Felson was a patient of Thomas’ when News 8 showed up. She is also a certified rolfer.

“I was getting some sinus pressure and some tension headaches from all the tightness that was going on in my neck and my upper shoulders.  My goal today was just to soften a lot of that,” Felson said.

Rolfing is named after Dr. Ida Rolf, who came up with this body healing therapy.

Benefits include better posture and improved overall movement.

It’s not covered by insurance, and a one hour session costs $150 dollars.


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