Please BRING OR WEAR appropriate clothing. Rolfing is traditionally done with the client in their underwear; however, you may wear gym attire if you feel more comfortable.
Please do not wear clothing that is bulky or restricts movement. Please be sure to wear shorts that fall above the knee – long, baggy shorts make identifying structural imbalances difficult.
You are welcome to change once you arrive at the office.
This will depend on your personal objectives. For the relief of a particular discomfort, between one and three sessions may be enough to yield improvement. However, if your aim is a long-term change in your overall sense of physical and mental well-being, the ERA recommends a series of ten sessions spaced around two weeks apart, as Dr. Rolf originally advised. Each session builds on the progress made in the previous session. The time between sessions allows the client to physically adapt to new patterns of movement and reflect on what has been learned and accomplished so far.
The Rolfer will begin with a short program of observation in which the client will be asked to stand, walk or sit. When the observations are complete the client will be asked to lie on a padded table similar to a massage table. The Rolfer will then use their hands to apply sensitive and precise pressure to specific areas of the body. Some of the treatment may involve sitting or standing. Clients may also learn new ways of moving and will be eased out of old habits or movement patterns that are negative to the whole person.
A major goal of massage is to bring the body into a parasympathetic state where the healing process can begin. Rolfing includes the nervous system in its approach to the body. The client is engaged during the session and highly involved in their own healing during a Rolfing Session. Rolfing is particularly effective for motivated individuals who want to take an active role in their healing process.
Often Rolfers find themselves adjusting bones — but not through high velocity adjustments. A Rolfer is trained to feel when things are out of alignment but clients often find the Rolfer’s approach gentler– and its effects longer-lasting– than those of a chiropractor.
Firstly, your Rolfer will give you guidance on how to move and hold yourself in a way that will maintain and enhance the changes effected by the body work you have received. Secondly, the body will naturally want to do what is more balanced and efficient because this will be more comfortable.
It is the responsibility of the Rolfer to work within the level of tolerance of each client to accomplish the goals for the work. Most clients are not concerned about discomfort during the sessions. When the client’s level of tolerance is respected, the Rolfer and client can work together to achieve better results.
Rolfing Session – $125
Sessions run between 60 and 90 minutes, contingent on how much work needs to be done, and how much work the nervous system can integrate.
10 Series – $1,250
A ten series is a process that addresses the entire human body over the course of 10 sessions. It is a profound transformative experience.
Rolfing is for anyone looking for more ease of movement or wishing to explore their potential, as well as for those experiencing physical limitations in their daily lives.
Of course if you think you may be ill you should consult your general practitioner. There are specific conditions that are not suitable for Rolfing and these will be fully explored before any intervention is begun.