Does Rolfing Hurt?
Rolfing is not inherently painful. There are times when it can be uncomfortable, but I believe from my own experience it is important to be able to feel this in your body, accept it, and let it go. Too often we get into pain and our natural reaction is to move our awareness as far away from the pain as possible. I’d like to propose a different relationship with pain, a more exploratory one where we understand it better, and what it’s trying to tell us. It’s not helpful for me to put you in pain and create new holding patterns, but it is my goal to help you understand your pain better in the process of finding better functionality. If it does become a bit too intense, I’ll probably know before you tell me, but please let me know and we’ll move a little slower.
Do you accept medical insurance?
No. Unfortunately the vast majority of carriers do not pay for Rolfing. If you do find a way for insurance to pay for it, I will be able to provide you a receipt for you to be reimbursed, but I will not deal directly with the insurance company.
How long will it take for me to feel better?
I wish I could provide every person an exact answer to this question, however it’s not that simple. It will depend on what you’re coming in with, and what you’re willing to put in to effect change. Getting quicker, better, longer lasting results is one of the reasons I became educated in the Nutritional Therapy aspect. Keep in mind every tissue in your body is made up of cells and each one of those cells depends on nutrients for their health. Coming in with a chronic pain issue usually has a large component in the digestive system and diet, so let’s address that too!
How are you different from a chiropractor?
Rolfing and Chiropractic have many goals in common, but there are many differences in our training as well as how we work. Chiropractors generally work with subluxations in the spine, which are basically points where the spine is impinging on various parts of nerves and causing dysfunction and pain. Of course, there is a lot more to it and a lot of training involved (which is why they’re doctors and we are not) but if you want to go into details it will make for a very long conversation. In general, chiropractors use fast paced manipulations directly on the spine whereas Rolfers will use slow paced manipulations of the soft tissue, in particular the fascia, which connects all of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.
How is Rolfing different from massage?
Rolfing is often compared to deep tissue massage, but they are very different. We work with all layers of the body, some deeper than others, and some at the very surface. We also do not use oils, as we would be sliding over the tissue that we want to grab hold of and move. In general, the goals are also different. Rolfing focuses more on realignment and function over a series of sessions whereas massage is done for relaxation, rejuvenation, or specific sports injuries. Keep in mind that this is an ever-changing field and you will find massage therapists that will do some structural integration work, the difference here is going to be the approach. Rolfers are taught how to approach the body holistically and efficiently in a fairly specific order to maximize results.
What should I wear to my Rolfing session?
There are many options for what you can wear to your Rolfing sessions. I can be most effective when I have more access directly to the skin, so undergarments are preferred. However the most important thing is that you wear something you will be comfortable in. If this means a parka and snow pants, I’ll work with it. Commonly seen attire will be yoga pants, swim suits, athletic shorts and sports bras.
Are there any reasons NOT to get Rolfed?
There are some contraindications to receiving body work, but this is a question best dealt with on a per client basis as the vast number of medical conditions and their complexities vary case by case.
Is there an age requirement (young or old)?
There is no age requirement for Rolfing. These sessions can have amazing results for children, even infants, as their bodies are constantly growing and in the perfect condition for accepting a gentle nudge towards proper alignment. It is also important to note that children mimic the adults around them, so being taught a proper way to carry oneself at a young age is very important. Older clients also need not worry, as we work with the soft tissue at all levels of depth, from surface to very deep, always working with the client in an appropriate and safe manner.
Why 10 sessions?
Each session has its own territory and goals that will help contribute to the balance of the whole body. For example, your shoulder might hurt because your hip isn’t balanced, and your hip isn’t balanced because your knees and ankles aren’t functioning properly. A very simple possibility but hopefully it demonstrates why we work with the whole body.
Do I have to complete all 10 sessions?
The number of sessions you want to schedule is your choice. Upon completion of the first session, we will establish an individualized plan to achieve your goals depending on the number of sessions you would like to attend. Keep in mind, Rolfing is a holistic (whole-body) approach and it takes 10 sessions to complete the realignment.