Rolfing is a technique of stretching and moving the connective tissue that envelopes the muscles (fascia) in order to lengthen and balance the body along its natural, vertical axis. Distortions of the connective tissue may be caused by reaction and compensation due to accidents, emotional tension, or past traumas that have never been released. A complete Rolfing treatment consists of a series of ten sessions progressing from superficial to deeper layers of tissue, and from localized areas of constriction to an overall reorganization of larger body segments.