Rolfing increases body awareness and improved muscle control and coordination.
Working joints have opposing sets of muscles, called flexors and extensors. In your arm the bicep is the flexor that bends your elbow, and the triceps the extensor that straightens the elbow. When their action is coordinated, one muscle contracts, while the other lengthens. The opposed pair work in coordination.
If the coordination of the muscles is impaired, then the person is “awkward”, “clumsy”, or “uncoordinated”
Such a body is mechanically inefficient and, in a given task, will expend more energy than a mechanically efficient body.
Rolfing usually brings significant improvements in this situation. Clients report increased body awareness and an increase of motor control. Their coordination is improved.