How much is a Rolfing session?
The fee for the 90 minutes Rolfing session is $135. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted.
What does a Rolfing session involve?
Each ninety minute session involves a structural assessment, hands-on work, and in many cases movement education to help reinforce the hands-on work. The greatest portion of the session involves working on the body. During this time the client is completely covered by a top sheet. The Rolfing process involves asking the client to lie in different positions to enable the practitioner to easily contact different areas of the body. Unlike massage the client rarely lies face down but usually lies face up or on their side .
What do I wear during a Rolfing session?
Most people simply wear their underwear during the session. A client may also wear lose fitting shorts and tank top over their underwear if they feel more comfortable doing so.
I have heard that Rolfing is painful. Is that the case?
Since Dr. Rolf first developed Rolfing in the 1950’s the process has changed as more has been understood about the manipulation of the connective tissue of the body. Dr Rolf was a chemist by training and theorized that to change the body sufficient pressure was needed to induce a chemical change in the connective tissue. Consequently, the early practitioners sometimes used more pressure than was necessary to release tightness in the muscles and connective tissue. Clients would report that the process was painful at times, but the benefits were well worth it. Over the years, the Rolfing community has refined the techniques passed on from Dr. Rolf and formulated ways to accomplish the goals of Rolfing with less discomfort. In my practice a majority of my clients report being so relaxed that they are close to falling asleep.
I heard that Rolfing involves a 10 session series. Do I need to do 10 sessions?
Initially, I used the 10 series approach for the first five years of my practice. As I gained more experience, I started to work with clients in accord with their needs. Now in my 25th year of practice, I rarely use the 10 series protocol but apply my understanding of anatomy and the Rolfing perspective to address the need of my clients. Some people come to me for specific injuries and I may see them for only one or two sessions. Others come with chronic problems from old accidents or poor posture and I find that a longer series of sessions is needed. The point is that in my work the number of session is determined in consultation with client and is dependent on what they wish to gain from the Rolfing process.
The 10 session protocol developed by Dr Rolf has been a mainstay of the Rolfing process. The series is a very specific sequence of sessions that systematically addresses the whole body to help organize it in gravity. The 10 session is amazing in that it can effect beneficial change in a wide variety of postural types and help with many chronic myofascial complaints. The limitation is that the 10 session series is a generalized protocol that may not be the most efficient way to work with every individual.
Another aspect of the 10 series is that it was designed as a teaching method. The Rolfing process is a complicated methodology and therapeutic perspective and is not easy to learn. The Rolf Institute continues to use the 10 session protocol to train new Rolfing practitioners. For the advanced training at the Rolf Institute the teachers have developed a principles based approach that enables practitioners to work with clients in a less formalistic manner. A principles based method merely means that having understood the functional characteristic of a healthy, efficient body structure the practitioner uses his experience to develop a individualized treatment protocol for the unique concerns of each client.