What’s the difference between Rolfing and other modalities such as massage and Chiropractic?
Often the goal of massage is to bring stress relief, relaxation, and to remove toxins from an individual’s muscles and tissues. Usually massage will bring some temporary relief to a person’s structure before symptoms reappear. Rolfing is designed to address the individual’s underlying causes of pain and tension. Instead of working individual muscles in areas of the body, Rolfer’s typically focus on relationships that exist between anatomical regions that help individual’s make corrections in their body leading to more efficient movement patterning, and a better overall quality of movement. Rolfing sessions are not designed to create instant relaxation and pleasure, but instead to create spaciousness and sustainable changes in the body, while allowing the individual to access and to own the structural changes in their desired forms of activity and movement.
Most chiropractic treatments are primarily focused on adjusting and aligning bones and joints. Many of these adjustments are done using high velocity techniques. Very often after bones are realigned, they end up finding their way back into misalignment over time as the bones and joints are embedded in the connective tissue called fascia. If the connective tissue is not addressed, the movement patterns will not change, and the bones and joints will fall back into misalignment. Rolfing addresses the connective tissue in a slow and methodical manner with the goal of creating space and addressing strains and tension. Once the connective tissue patterns are in more optimal alignment, the bones and joints will fall back into natural alignment thus allowing more permanent changes. Many people have reported that utilizing a chiropractor while receiving Rolfing sessions can be rather effective.
How many sessions do I have to commit to? Do I have to commit to a full Ten Series?
There are typically two ways in which Rolfing Structural integration is applied. The two basic options for beginners of Rolfing are the Ten Series and Fix It work.
The ten series is the traditional hallmark of Rolfing Structural Integration. It’s a systematic recipe that is designed to balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and the function (movement) of the entire body. The Ten Series addresses an individual’s underlying structural patterns and can create sustainable changes in the body that for some individuals can be transformational. There is absolutely no pressure to commit to a full Ten Series. If you are interested in trying one session to see it’s positive effect on your body, feel free to do so. If you like how your body feels after one session, come try another. At no time will you be forced to commit to Ten Sessions.
Fix It Work
Fix It work consists of the client wanting to relieve pain from a specific area of the body such as ankle, knee, shoulder, etc. Fix it Work is usually done in one to three sessions where the practitioner will address the part of the body that is causing the individual discomfort and the anatomical and fascial relationships that connect to the specific part of the body in discomfort, rather than following a recipe to address underlying structural patterns. Though Fix It work is usually not as sustainable and not always as effective as a classic Ten Series, it is often quite effective for athletes who are in season, or in intensive training. It is also at times effective for individuals who are in a significant amount of pain and are in need of quick relief.
I’ve heard that Rolfing Hurts?
Rolfing has a reputation for being a painful modality. This reputation comes from the early days of Rolfing in the 70’s and early 80’s where the philosophy was for the practitioner to apply a deep and direct approach. Though this approach was found to be effective, it didn’t allow the client to fully embody and own the changes that were taking place in the body. Over the years the Rolfing community has evolved and is more interested in allowing the client to stay relaxed, aware, and breathe into the work. The more the client is able to meet the practitioner with awareness, the more effective the work will be and the more the client will be able to own the changes that take place.
Depending on the client’s activities and patterns, there may be some occasional discomfort during sessions. It’s important to note that clients are one hundred percent in charge of the depth and pressure that is applied during sessions. I highly encourage clients to speak up if they are experiencing pain or discomfort in any way.
How long do Rolfing sessions last?
My Rolfing sessions typically last between an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and a half. The first session can run a little longer as time is needed for a health history and to address any questions and special needs.
What Should I wear to a Rolfing Session?
One aspect of Rolfing that’s makes it unique is that the practitioner will want to view your structure in gravity before each session. This may include standing, walking, knee bending, and other diagnostics. It is optimal for both men and woman to be in their underwear and woman to wear a sports bra with an open back if possible, as it enables the practitioner to view the spines relationship with the surrounding structures.
Though underwear, sports bras and gym shorts are most optimal, the client’s comfort is most important. If you are not comfortable in minimal clothing, wear what you are comfortable in and we can work from there.
How much does each session cost?
Each Session costs $120.00. Payments can be made with checks or cash. Payments are due at the end of each session. It is not Rolfing etiquette to tip after each session.
Does insurance cover Rolfing?
Some insurance companies do cover Rolfing under the massage umbrella. Unfortunately I am not able to accept insurance at this time.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Appointment cancellations need to be made twenty-four hours in advance. There will be a $100.00 charge for appointments not cancelled 24 hours in advance.