Skip Nav
DIY Beauty
3 Unexpected Ways to Be Wonder Woman For Halloween: Zombie, Cyborg, and Pop Art
Beauty News
This Drag Queen's Celebrity Transformations Are Crazy-Realistic, and We Are Not OK
Kate Middleton
Looks Like Kate Middleton Just Switched Up Her Pregnancy Hair!

The Painful Rolfing Massage Technique Is Newly Popular

Rolfing Is on the Rise

Most people haven't heard of rolfing massages, but hip young New Yorkers are flocking to the painful but ostensibly beneficial technique. Rolfing, which can help with everything from flexibility to chronic injuries, was popular in the '70s. The alternative physical therapy works to smooth out the body's connective tissue, alleviating muscle pain and stretching tendons. However, rolfing can also be excruciating because the technique involves lots of poking and kneading, and there's no established evidence that it's any more beneficial than traditional massage, yoga, or chiropractics. Have you ever been rolfed, and if you haven't, would you consider suffering in the name of better health?

Image Source: Thinkstock
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
I seriously thought this article was going to detail some crazy combo of "ralphing" (vomiting) and "ROFL".
Rouge14 Rouge14 7 years
I agree with postmodernsleaze (nice nickname by the way! ;) I'd rather go see an actual chiropracter if I'm aching I wouldn't want to make it worse :s Also, I misread the title of the article at first and thought it meant rolling on the floor laughing was on the rise :P Although I'm sure that couldn't be a bad thing health wise, could it?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
If there's no established evidence that it's beneficial, and it's supposedly excruciating, does that really sound like such a good idea? Not to me! When my body is in extreme pain, I don't take that as a good sign. I take that as my nerves telling me to stop what I'm doing because it isn't good.
Vibrating Foam Rollers For Muscle Recovery
Things That Only Working Moms Understand
Fall Outdoor Activities For Kids
At-Home Self Foot Massage
From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds