Rolfing: Structural Integration is a series of sessions that include soft-tissue manipulation and movement education. This series was developed as a hand-on way to balance the body's structure and posture so your body is working for efficiently and easily in gravity. As a Rolfer, I look at what part of your structure has gotten “stuck” through a life time of injuries, stresses and habitual patterns. All of these things leave marks on our structure and as a result, we compensate for them by twisting, bracing and shortening different areas. When we live with the compensation patterns, over time, we lose our ability to move and rest comfortably.
The Rolfing series usually consists of 10 sessions. Each session will have different areas and goals that we will work to achieve within the 60-75 minute session. A typical session will start with a visual assessment of what is going on in your body. This will include walking and performing other small movements while your Rolfer watches to see where the lines of tension are. We will then begin the work. You will be on a table while your Rolfer performs a number of soft-tissue manipulations with your participation. The session with end with some integration work and some post session assessments to see what we were able to accomplish during that session.
Things Rolfing can help you with:
Frequently Asked Questions
Why ten sessions?
Our goal with the ten series is to balance your body's structure in gravity. In order to achieve this goal your Rolfer will look at how your entire body has compensated over time. The ten session format allows your Rolfer to work comprehensively to deal with all the different patterns instead of only fixing a local problem.
Does Rolfing hurt?
Early on, Rolfing developed a reputation as a painful, if effective, process. Over time, the Rolfing community has developed the work to be as (and in some cases, more) effective, while working at levels that are more comfortable to the client. In short, most new clients who are worried about Rolfing being painful cease to have that be an issue after experiencing a session.
How is Rolfing different than massage?
Massage has traditionally been more focused on relaxation and a release of short-term tension patterns and stress. Rolfing is more geared towards changing the longer term patterns and making changes to chronic postural patterns that will be long lasting. Another major difference between massage and Rolfing is the types of tissue being worked. In massage, your muscles are the main focus, where as in Rolfing, we focus on the fascia, or the connective tissue in and around all of your muscles. Due to this difference, the pacing and feel of Rolfing will be very different than that of a massage.
What should I wear?
You should dress in comfortable, loos fitting cloths that retain modesty yet allow bodywork. Most men wear running shorts or underwear. Women usually note that their undergarments, gym shorts and a jogging bra or a two piece swim suit works best. Most importantly, make sure you're comfortable with the level of clothing you choose.
Are there reasons I should NOT get Rolfed?
Yes! Acute illness or active cancer are reasons why you should not come get sessions right now. Disabling conditions, connective tissue disorders and pregnancy may also be contraindicated. Everyone is different so you could talk to your Rolfer about what is going on and make a decision together on weather Rolfing is for you. Your medical history will be discussed with your Rolfer before you first session begins so this will be a good opportunity to ask any questions about this as well.