IS ROLFING SI PAINFUL?
Rolfing does not have to be painful. Whether from poor posture or injury, an unbalanced body accumulates tension, rigidity, and pain. In addressing the built up strain, the work can go deep, but is not overwhelming. I approach my clients with a listening touch to meet the individual needs of each client. Every client has a unique life and body experience which informs their sensitivity and tissue response. I utilize my skills in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy to carefully avoid overwhelming the client's nervous system capacity to integrate change and process trauma held in tissues. My approach to the process is a collaborative endeavor to include the client's whole being. The work is done at a slow pace to listen for the client's unique needs and unfoldment. Rolfing does not have to be painful.
Do I have to do 10 sessions?
No. The 10-series was the traditional method developed by Ida Rolf to offer a fully transformative process to bring the body into functional alignment with gravity. It is an in-depth and thorough method, designed to bring about fundamental transformation. Some of the benefits of Rolfing® can be achieved in single sessions or 3-session packages. A shorter series can help relieve acute pain from a specific injury or create movement in a particular area.
What will happen during my session?
Sessions begin with a short assessment period, with the client standing and moving in different ways to facilitate and understanding of initial conditions. The client moves to the massage table and receives tissue work relevant to that session. The session usually finishes with work on the back while seated on a bench.
How is Rolfing Structural Integration different from massage?
Rolfing approaches the client comprehensively, with a transformative approach to the human body that involves hands-on tissue manipulation, assessments, movement/coordination integration, and a way of perceiving the human body and it's relationship with gravity. While many massage modalities use techniques that affect the fascia (such as myofascial release), the aim is generally for tension release and/or relaxation. In contrast, while Rolfing often achieves these goals, the true aim is a complete transformation of the body and its relationship to gravity. This holistic approach to the human body creates a unique system of therapeutic intervention, and helps clients to experience lasting changes in their whole body, rather than temporary relief.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the connective tissue matrix that runs continuously throughout the human body, connecting muscles and bones and constructing ligaments, tendons, organs and more. Generally de-emphasized by anatomists in previous eras, fascia is now coming to the forefront of study for its important role in organizing the entire human structure.
What is the proper attire for Rolfing?
Rolfing sessions are generally done in underwear. Male clients generally wear boxer briefs or shorts, and female clients generally wear bras and underwear or shorts. This aids the Rolfer in assessing the client's structure and to allow skin-to-skin contact during the session. During the session, the client is draped with sheets for comfort and privacy. It is possible to do the sessions with different attire if there are specific concerns.
Do changes from Rolfing last?
Yes, and the lasting effect is enhanced with client involvement. The Rolfing method works systematically to address the entire body and its relationship with gravity, so that areas of chronic tension and pain can be permanently transformed, rather than momentarily soothed.
How frequently should i receive sessions?
Sessions are generally scheduled 1-2 weeks apart, depending on client availability and how the body is integrating the sessions. Your body integrates the work received in a session into everyday life, and this takes some time for the nervous system to process. Your body will be available for deeper transformation, and beneficial changes will be more long-lasting when the nervous system has adequate time for integration.