What are follow up sessions like?
At the beginning of each session your Rolfer forms a plan for that session by reassessing your body structure.They find out how you have felt since your last session and how effective the treatments are feeling to you. We re-analyze your body structure, taking into account where we are in the process and the work we have already done. From this your Rolfer forms a strategy for each successive session. Each Rolfing session concentrates on different aspects of your body’s structural and functional pattern. The results become cumulative as each session’s results add to the previous ones. Optimum results are achieved within a series of sessions that are individually tailored to meet your specific needs.
Why is Rolfing helpful with the aging process?
As we age, health and quality of life are directly related to how easily we are able to move and do the things we enjoy. Because Rolfing helps restore suppleness, balance and fluid movement, it is one of the most effective therapeutic manipulation methods available for aging. It creates balance through alignment and ease of movement in stiff joints.
What is Rolfing?
Rolfing works on the seamless, three-dimensional network of tissues that begins just beneath your skin, penetrates into your bones and is continuous from head to toe. This tissue is called fascia and is the primary focus of Rolfing.
Does Rolfing hurt?
Rolfing has a reputation of being a very painful technique. The purpose of Rolfing is to help the body open up and move more freely. Painful work is counterproductive to Rolfing's basic goals. My goal as a Rolfer is to work with each individual to find the amount of pressure that is both comfortable and will open tight areas of tissue.
What is a first session like?
Typically, a first session begins with an in-take interview where we discuss why you want to receive Rolfing, your physical history, and how you are currently feeling. This is also a time when your Rolfer can answer any questions you have about the Rolfing process. Next your Rolfer will analyze your body structure and its functioning. To do this your Rolfer looks at you in standing or walking, places hands on your shoulders and hips to feel the alignment of your body and how it is balanced. From the analysis, they form an outline of a treatment plan. At each step of the process the Rolfer is evaluating the progress of treatment based on your body’s response, and your feedback.
Rolfers use hands, knuckles and the occasional elbow to discover and relieve places of strain, they are both discovering and correcting your body’s physical pattern. Your Rolfer is looking to see how muscles and other connective tissue are balanced around bones and across joints.
Why do people seek Rolfing?
Most people come to Rolfing for help with pain, discomfort or impaired mobility. Others come to Rolfing because they just want their body to feel better and to improve their quality of life. Rolfing improves performance, enhances posture, and augments personal growth.
What should I wear for Rolfing?
Skin contact is preferable so most people wear underwear, a bathing suit, or loose fitting shorts. Women usually wear a bra/sports bra and can be draped with a top sheet (it is never necessary to be completely unclothed).
How many sessions should I get?
I suggest you come in and get one session, and see how you respond to the work. If you like it, go on to try a few more sessions.
How is Rolfing different from chiropractic?
Chiropractic is primarily concerned with freeing spinal joint restrictions and promoting nerve flow to and from the spine. It does not address the soft tissue patterns of the whole body and their influence on structural balance. The Rolfing method uses gentle soft tissue techniques to treat osseous restrictions that are a part of the overall body pattern.
Rolfing, massage and Chiropractic care can be used together in a complimentary way.
Does Rolfing Improve Posture?
Even life-long postural habits can be dramatically improved with Rolfing.The Rolfing process systematically realigns the segments of your body structure and teaches you how to maintain balanced positions during your daily activities.
Good posture results from a well aligned, balanced structure. Posture that requires attention or effort to maintain will never be sustained– as soon as you stop thinking about it you slip back into a misaligned position.
First we distinguish between structural restrictions and limiting habits.
Next we work to release, balance and realign the structure.
Then, as your structure improves, we teach you how to recognize and maintain better, balanced positions.
Rolfing is famous for its positive effects on posture.
What NOT to wear for Rolfing
Please don't wear denim, heavy sweats, tight tights or heavy spandex. It's difficult to work tissue through heavy material. Please apply moisturizers, lotion, or oils lightly.
How long does a session last?
The length of a session can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, but varies depending on what we're doing.