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.
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