What does Rolfing feel like? Is it painful?
Interestingly, most people that have opinions about Rolfing being painful have never experienced the process. When Rolfing was first gaining public recognition in the USA and Europe a reputation for pain was associated with the early work. Rolfing has evolved greatly from these early times. As far as the actual experience, sensations will vary depending on previous injuries to the area being worked, chronic stress and other factors. Feelings can span from a welcome release to momentary discomfort. The most common feeling is one of deep pressure, warmth and an increased sense of internal volume in the area receiving work. Rolfers interact with patterns of stress/strain in the body and the intensity of sensations associated with this varies. The work is always collaborative with the Rolfer and client in close communication. The client is always in control of the intensity level/pressure applied by the Rolfer. Every session takes place in this comfort zone. Rolfing does not require a pre- set amount of pressure and is tailored to meet each clientís specific need(s).
What is the Rolfing Ten Series?
The basic Rolfing series consists of ten sessions, spaced one or two weeks apart. Each session has specific aims and goals and is distinct from all others. It is also true that each session builds upon those given previously and thus, the results are cumulative. The first seven sessions focus on strain and tissue shortening in specific areas such as the feet, knees, low back, shoulders, neck and arms. The remaining sessions align and organize the body as a whole. This often results in a feeling of increased energy, better balance and more freedom of movement. The series has a logical order with a goal of increased wellbeing and comfort. Generally, people that have experienced the ten series move with greater ease, grace and surety than before. Often a feeling of lightness and ease of breathing is described. If someone is curious about Rolfing but is not sure about doing the entire ten series, I recommend trying the first three sessions. They are a bit more superficial/light and will give a good idea as to the nature of Rolfing and what to expect from the deeper sessions/full series.
Does Rolfing last?
In the vast majority of clients the answer is yes! Photographs taken years after the basic ten series reveal changes are still present and structure remains improved. Nevertheless, bodies may change in response to life events such as injuries, accidents, prolonged illness and stress. These factors may call for additional work.
What is Post-ten Rolfing?
After a ten series the body has changed and more subtle work can take place if needed. This can also be indicated due to life events that occur after the series has ended including injuries, accidents, prolonged illness and emotional stress. Factors such as these may alter body structure and/or holding patterns. Post ten work can be an additional chance to work with a specific concern or just as a way to re-connect with the benefits/joy of Rolfing.
Do I have to do ten sessions?
You decide how many (or few) sessions you want. Everyone is different. Many clients know early on that they want to complete the full ten series. Some know before they begin. Some develop this feeling as they see/feel the effectiveness of the work. A few decide Rolfing is not for them. I encourage trying three sessions. Most clients know after three sessions if it is a good match for them.
How many sessions are needed to receive optimal benefit?
This depends on your goals and how quickly we can work together to address them. We develop reasonable goals early in the series and evaluate the progress as we proceed. The classic series is ten sessions, plus or minus a few. This is a good number to anticipate. Some return for work as needed and others may have work on an on going basis for individual reasons.
What do I wear?
Typically clients keep undergarments on and are draped in a comfortable blanket or sheet depending on the time of year. It is best to have skin exposed where the work is taking place. It is never necessary to be completely unclothed. If you are not comfortable clothed in your undergarments, a bathing suit, shorts and/or a tee shirt is fine.
How can I find out more?
The best way is to contact me via my website/e-post or phone. Another good place to explore Rolfing is the Rolf Institute website via the provided link: www.rolf.org.