• Why consider Rolfing?
  • Does Rolfing hurt?
  • How does Rolfing SI work?
  • What are the goals of Rolfing?
  • What does Rolfing feel like?
  • What does a typical session look like?
  • Do the results from Rolfing last?
  • How is Rolfing different from massage?
  • How is a Rolfing session different from a chiropractic session?
  • Do I have to commit to 10 sessions?
  • How long should I wait between sessions?
  • What should I wear?
  • How long are the sessions?
  • How will I feel afterwards?
  • Are there any medical conditions that would make Rolfing unadvisable?
  • Can children receive Rolfing?
    Why consider Rolfing?

    People come to Rolfing for a wide range of reasons. Many chronic pain sufferers turn to Rolfing as an alternative to surgery, shots, and splints. Many turn to Rolfing to rehabilitate from an injury or resolve problems from scar tissue. Some people use Rolfing to combat a lifetime of poor posture that seems to be worsening with age. Others simply want to feel better, to have more energy and flexibiltiy. Still other sense a need for change in their lives and in their bodies, emotionally, physically, and spiritually and ultimately achieve greater confidence, peace and joy. Many athletes and artists use Rolfing to improve performance and extend their careers.

    Does Rolfing hurt?

    It is interesting that most people who have the opinion that Rolfing is extremely painful have never experienced the work first hand. Much of the reputation for pain came from the early days when Rolfing was first gaining public recognition. Since that time, the process has greatly evolved. As far as the actual experience is concerned, the area being worked will vary in sensation and feeling depending upon the severity of the chronic stress, injuries, and other factors specific to your body. Feelings can range from pleasurable release to honest-to-goodness discomfort. Fortunately, the work proceeds at your level and pace. Nothing is ever forced, and skillful Rolfing never feels sharply painful or invasive. When discomfort occurs, many client describe it as a “good hurt” that the body wants and needs. Others say Rolfing significantly reduces the pain experienced in their daily lives or increases athletic functioning to such an extent, that discomfort on the table is worth the trade.

    We promise, it won’t be painful…..we’re working hard on changing that perception! 

    How does Rolfing SI work?

    Rolfing is a collaborative process. Your Rolfer uses physical pressure to stretch, lengthen and loosen both muscle and connective tissue.  You use your breath and awareness to “meet” that pressure from the inside, waking up or releasing parts of your body much as one does in yoga. Many sessions also include some movement work as well–everything from coaching in how to stand, sit or walk, to exercise “homework” that you can practice between sessions to build on and maintain the results obtained in your sessions.

    What are the goals of Rolfing?

    One goal of Rolfing is to relieve pain. Another larger goal is to make sure the pain doesn’t return. Rolfing does this by working with the patterns and causes of that pain, not simply treating the symptoms. Rolfing seeks to normalize the structure…and as structure is normalized, function will follow.

    What does Rolfing feel like?

    Rolfing usually feels like slow deep pressure. When we’re working in an area that is particularly tense or stuck, the sensation can be intense, but it is never unbearable. At other times, the sensation will be far subtler. It should not hurt, other than the kind of “hurts so good” feeling that can accompany the release of deep and long-held tension.

    What does a typical session look like?

    Every sessions begins with a short intake. This is an opportunity to discuss why you came in for bodywork and what our goals are for this particular session. I will then perform a brief assessment, which may involve watching you walk or perform other movements. And then we will begin the work on the table. You will most likely be awake and engaged for the entire session. I will ask you to move about or change positions on the table, make requests for certain small movements at times, and ask for feedback to see how you are experiencing the work. Every session usually ends with a brief re-assessment to gauge our progress.

    Do the results from Rolfing last?

    Yes,Rolfing initiates changes on a fundamental level that continue to shift for a number of months after the sessions are over.

    How is Rolfing different from massage?

    Massage typically focuses only on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, while Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and function. Although massage is relaxing, you may find the same area bothering you again shortly after each session. This is because the area that hurts is often a secondary issue, which massage doesn’t address.  Rolfing addresses the body as a whole.

    How is a Rolfing session different from a chiropractic session?

    Chiropractic manipulation is primarily concerned with freeing spinal joint restrictions and promoting nerve flow to and from the spine. It does not address the soft tissue patterns of the body as a whole and its influence on structural balance. Rolfing uses soft tissue techniques to treat bone-to-bone restrictions that are a part of the overall body pattern. Rolfing does not use high-velocity techniques. However, Rolfing and Chiropractic care are compatible and can be complimentary.

    Do I have to commit to 10 sessions?

    No, you do not. While Rolfing is most effective when completed as a whole series, fewer sessions do have their benefits. You are welcome to try 1-3 sessions to see if this work is a good fit for you.

    How long should I wait in between sessions?

    1-3 weeks between sessions is ideal depending on your situation. In Rolfing, each session builds upon the previous session, most people find that around once a week works well. However, the 10 series has been done effectively in many different timeframes, I am sure we can find one that fits for your needs.

    What should I wear?

    Because I need to see your structure before, during, and after the session I recommend running shorts, yoga shorts or swim trunks and a sports bra. Most important is finding apparel you are comfortable in that allows me to work.

    How long are the sessions? 

    A typical Rolfing® Structural Integration session last between 60-75 minutes, but appointment’s may very by 10-15 minutes either way.

    How will I feel afterwards? 

    Most people feel relaxed and energized. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.

    Are there any medical conditions that would make Rolfing unadvisable?

    Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking.

    Can children receive Rolfing?

    Absolutely. In addition to correcting structural patterns, Rolfing can serve as a preventative measure to reverse potentially problematic patterns in the young. One of the things children learn from watching us is how we carry ourselves and they will naturally imitate their parent’s language, movement and other modes of expression. From colicky newborns to rebellious teenagers, children will almost always benefit from Rolfing. Some of the childhood structural patterns that respond well to Rolfing are scoliosis, pigeon toes, knocked-knees, rounded legs, poor posture, and even general adolescent growing pains. Work with children is always gentle, comfortable and playful.  Children under 16 are seen at half price.  Children of clients are always seen for free.

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