What happens in a Rolfing session?

We will begin by discussing your health history and goals for the session(s), and then you will disrobe to your underwear/shorts and we will take a look at your posture from all angles and do some simple movements, like walking and small knee-bends. Before the first session, we will take photos if you wish to track your progress throughout the series. The work itself involves a variety of slow-paced manipulations from my hands, knuckles, forearms, and elbows to lengthen the connective tissue. You may be asked to do some small movements on the table to activate the area I am working on. 
 
 

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable and relatively fitted underwear (including a bra for women), a 2-piece swimsuit, or form-fitting athletic wear. This allows me to make the most accurate postural and movement assessments and contact the body effectively. You can change when you arrive if you wish.
 
 

How should sessions be spaced?

Often 1-2 weeks apart is ideal for holding onto and building upon the changes experienced in the sessions, though every individual is different. Some people may benefit from two sessions a week or a session every 3-4 weeks. If money is an issue, payment plans are a possibility.
 
 

Do I have to do all ten sessions?

No, though most people can benefit greatly from the ten series. Depending on your individual concerns, it’s often recommended to try three sessions and re-evaluate from there. We may be able to accomplish your goals in a few sessions, or it may take more than ten.

 

 

Is it painful?

 

Rolfing has a reputation of being painful, but the modality has come a long way from its early days when Rolfers were first discovering how to evoke change in the body. Today, we know we can be just as, if not more, effective by respecting clients' limits and working within their comfort zone. You are always encouraged to communicate during the sessions and tell me when a sensation becomes too overwhelming. The Rolfing process may be intense at times, but you are always in control. 

“The body process is not linear, it is circular . . . One thing goes awry, and its effects go on and on and on and on. A body is a web, connecting everything with everything else.” – Ida P. Rolf

“We are not truly upright, we are only on our way to being upright. This is a metaphysical consideration. One of the jobs of a Rolfer is to speed that process along. We want to get a man out of the place where gravity is his enemy. We want to get him into the place where gravity reinforces him and is a friend, a nourishing force.” – I.P.R.

Dr. Rolf photo courtesy of David Campbell

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