Frequently Asked Questions

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Rolfing

Does Rolfing hurt?

When some people hear the word “Rolfing” the first thing that comes to mind is pain. Often this perception is based on its reputation from the days of its infancy. Dr. Rolf would often tell students they weren’t working deep enough, and many assumed they needed to work physically harder and deeper. It is now realized that deep work is not synonymous with physical intensity.

The intensity of the work can vary depending on the degree of trauma in the system or how long the fascial distortions have been in the clients body. Pushing harder than necessary only makes the body tense up which means it’s counterproductive since you can’t access tissue layers on a tensed body. The art of manual therapy is to master a wide range of touch and know when a lighter or more intense touch is required to get the release desired.

My client’s level of comfort during sessions is always respected. The work should never feel anything more than intensely pleasurable.

What is a Rolfing session like?

Each session begins with a verbal check in. I want to hear how your physical experience is. I will want to know how your experience has been since your last session, how the work has settled into your day to day life, and how your awareness has changed. I will then have you stand and walk to observe how you move. This may be followed with other more specific movements or orthopedic tests. I may ask you to perceive certain observations that I make, in order to build a sense of embodiment.

You will then sit or lie on the table for the hands on portion of the session. I take what the client has expressed and what I have observed and then see if that matches what I feel in the tissue. Table work will last 40-50 minutes

Lastly, I will have you sit, stand and walk to integrate the session and assess the changes that have occurred. I may give you verbal cues to bring you back to sensations you observed before the table work. Quite often, I will give you movement exercises that you can apply immediately in your day to day.

Change will continue to take place after the session. In fact, much can happen after the session— hours, days, weeks, and months after you’ve had the work. This change is supported by your participation in your process and paying attention to your experience.

How often should I come?

Rolfing is best received in a series of sessions, whether it is 2 or 15. In order to keep momentum with the work, it is best to schedule one to two weeks apart. Up to three weeks can go between series work, but waiting longer than that dilutes the potency of the work. Stand alone sessions can be scheduled at any time.

What should I wear to my session?

Some clothing is worn at all times. Men will typically wear underwear or shorts. Women typically wear bra and underwear or bathing suit or shorts and sports bra (the less area the back of the sports bra takes up the better). Once on the table you can have a sheet to cover up, if you wish.

How much does it cost?

The rate for sessions is $120. Lower rates for children under sixteen are always available. Reduced rates for those in need are available on a case by case basis.

Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

What is the cancellation policy?

At least 24hrs notice is required for cancellation or rescheduling, otherwise payment is due in full.

Does insurance cover your work?

Unfortunately, most carriers do not cover Rolfing. However, if needed, a receipt can be provided for insurance reimbursement.