Rolfing is meant to improve the alignment and overall posture of your body. This goal is achieved through a series of sessions where practitioners, massage and manipulate soft tissue throughout your body. This practice is similar to a deep tissue massage where you are left feeling incredibly sore. This soreness is caused by your body reacting to the manipulation of your soft tissue. The soreness goes away on its own after a few days. However, there are a few natural remedies you can use to relieve the pain.
Massage with Wintergreen Oil
Wintergreen oil contains analgesic properties that make it a natural pain reliever. It is often used for deep tissue massages in order to relieve soreness caused by tension in muscles and joints. You can use the oil to relieve some of the soreness after a rolfing session. In order to get the best results from the oil, you can mix it with a carrier oil like olive or almond oil. This mixture should be rubbed into any sore areas of your body for a few minutes to ensure that the oil soaks into your skin.
Drink Rosemary Tea
Rosemary is commonly used in teas because it contains analgesic and anti-bacterial properties. The anti-bacterial properties rid the body of toxins and the analgesic properties work to calm any aches and pains. The best way to make the tea is by steeping fresh rosemary in a cup of hot water. Allow the herb to steep for a few minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger the tea will become. Drink the tea several times throughout the day and you will feel relief from any aches and pains.
Diffuse with Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is another essential oil that is used to relieve aches and pains. It can be used in aromatherapy, as a massage oil, or as a mouthwash in order to alleviate any type of pain. Peppermint oil can be used after a rolfing session with the help of a diffuser. A diffuser is used to inhale certain aromas including peppermint. When peppermint is inhaled it immediately loosens the muscles in your body that are causing tension. In order, to get the maximum benefit from peppermint oil it should be used alongside a diffuser in the morning and night time.
Rolfing is an alternative way to lengthen your muscles and improve your posture. However, it takes the body some time to adjust to new movements and until then you will experience a large amount of soreness. Therefore, use these tips to help alleviate some of the soreness after a rolfing session.