Rolfing is a form of bodywork developed in the 1930's by pioneering biochemist Dr. Ida Rolf. Referred to by those in-the-know as 'Structural Integration,' it aims to release the body's connective tissues in order to bring the skeleton into alignment. But can it also give you longer legs? It can according to a recent article on Gwyneth Paltrow-runned website Goop. One expert says the claim, however, may be valid.

“Whether from injury or ageing, the muscle tissue can become dehydrated and decompress,” said rolfing expert Alan Richardson to The New York Times. “The objective of rolfing is to realign that muscle which we can do in somewhere between 10 and 12 sessions…it is not an unreasonable claim depending on what you do and how you do it”.

Richardson says that through correct treatment, muscles being treated can give the sensation of elongation but that’s just an added perk to the long list of benefits of rolfing. Those benefits include improving body structure and comfort as well as alleviating stress. Have you tried rolfing? If you have, did you feel a sense of physical growth?



The Guardian: How to get longer legs (according to Gwyneth Paltrow)