Does Rolfing Hurt?
Contrary to popular misconception, Rolfing is not necessarily painful. That’s not to say there won’t be some interesting moments! Open communication between us is the key to getting the release and the results you want. Depending on the level of tension stored in the tissue, sensations can vary from deep pressure, to relaxation, to a slight burning. Most people have a pleasurable feeling of release following the manipulations.
Why Ten Sessions?
Because the myofascial connective tissue network is continuous from head to toe, the tension in one area can directly affect very distant areas. A series of sessions is needed in order to adequately work the entire structure in a systematic way and to achieve lasting changes. One or two sessions may need to be added to the standard series if the goals for a particular session have not been completed.
How is Rolfing Different From Chiropractic?
Chiropractic therapy tends to focus on bone alignment and individual joints, and typically uses high velocity thrusting methods. However, unless the tension and strain in the soft tissue is addressed, the bones will continue to be pulled out of alignment. Rolfing, on the other hand, involves slower sustained pressures and addresses the entire bed of soft tissue in which the bones are embedded. The nerves, which course through the connective tissue and actually rule the situation, are also addressed. The goal is to achieve balanced tension with a good foundation in the feet which allows the bones to fall back into their proper relationships naturally.
How Often Should I Come?
I found that every two weeks is optimal, allowing the body to integrate the work between sessions and allowing good continuity, so each session can build on the previous ones. This also works well financially for many clients.
Ten Sessions - Isn’t That Expensive?
Most people spend more on maintaining their car or on movies than they do on their own bodies! Rolfing should be seen as an investment in one’s long-term health - as a whole-body overhaul. I charge $150.00 per session. Lower rates are available for children and pre-teens.
What Can I Expect?
This is a working partnership. Each Rolfing session has particular structural goals and lasts 75 minutes or so. We will talk about your goals and assess your structure and your movement patterns. Because I need to see your structure before, during, and after the session, the work is generally done in your underwear. This helps insure better results. (If you are modest, running shorts and/or a sports bra are fine.) During the session, you will participate through movement, breathing, and focusing internal awareness. Between sessions you may feel ongoing shifts in balance and awareness. It is not uncommon for clients to experience changes in their emotional life, generally leading to an improved sense of well-being.
Does The Series Need To Be Repeated?
The Rolfing series does not need to be repeated. Many clients report continued improvements in posture and movement long after the series is completed. Between sessions and after a series, you are bringing yourself to that higher level of order and organization. Many clients do choose to come back for post-ten “tune up” work or a mini-series following an injury or particularly stressful times.
Does Insurance Cover Rolfing?
It is best to check with your insurance company to see if they will cover Rolfing or massage. (Rolfers in Washington are licensed massage therapists.) You pay for the session at the time of service and I will provide a receipt for you. I do not bill insurance companies.