"Wer will was Lebendigs erkennen und beschreiben, sucht erst den Geist herauszutreiben, dann hat er die Teile in seiner Hand, fehlt, leider, nur das geistige Band." J.W.Goethe, Mephistopheles.
Another basic aspect of Rolfing is the treating of the “all-connecting” and “all-separating” fascial-system. It must be understood that fascia as both of the just mentioned functions. Muscles, nerves, bones and organs are in direct relation to each other through the fascia web. This is very important for all of the smooth movements in the body.
As it is also true for bones and muscles, it is not possible to think of the fascial-system as a system in its own.
Another characteristic of fascia is “plasticity” (the quality of being easily shaped or moulded), which is the most important property for manual therapy (besides the stimulation of mechanoreceptors). Because of these plastic qualities Dr.Ida Rolf called fascia the "Organ of the form". The fascia is also seen as the “sensory organ” since there are more nerves in the fascia than in muscles.
“Who'll know aught living and describe it well, Seeks first the spirit to expel. He then has the component parts in hand. But lacks, alas! the spirit's band.” J.W. Goethe, Faust.