Rolfing FAQs

How is Rolfing different from chiropractic and massage?

Chiropractic focuses on 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. Rolfing uses soft tissue techniques to treat bone-to-bone restrictions that are a part of the overall body pattern. Rolfing and chiropractic care are compatible and can be complimentary.

Massage is a broad term that refers to many styles of bodywork. In general, massage promotes relaxation and blood flow. Some “deep tissue” massage works to release local patterns of structural strain, but this is not usually done as part of a strategy to balance the whole body. Although massage is relaxing, you may find the same area bothering you again shortly after you leave the office. This is because the area that hurts is often a compensatory or secondary issue, which massage doesn’t address.

Is Rolfing painful?

When Rolfing began, much less was known about the responsiveness of connective tissue. Many “old school” Rolfers used a lot of pressure. We now know that connective tissue responds to a wide variety of pressure and intention. Within each Rolfing session, there is a range of touch, from firm and deep to light and gentle. When a firm touch is needed, clients communicate a level that is comfortable enough to breathe through. Like a deep stretch, it feels intense but tolerable and should mostly feel good. We will communicate to find the pace and depth of touch that is right for you.

Do I need to get 10 sessions?

The 10-series is a wonderful way to achieve whole body, lasting changes. It is the original form in which Ida Rolf taught and practiced. That said, great benefit can be gained from single sessions and shorter series. Shorter series can also be great tune-ups for those who have received a 10-series in the past. We can find an option that works for you.

What can I expect to feel between sessions?

The first few days after a session are usually the time of greatest change. Somewhat like the first day after heavy exercise, you may feel a bit sore the next day. After that you may experience ongoing shifts in balance and awareness. Most people experience feelings of lightness, ease of movement and improved comfort.

How much does it cost?

Rolfing sessions are 100 minutes and $180.

I offer a 5% discount on a 3-session package and a 10% discount on a 10-session package.

I accept payment in cash, check, Health Savings Account cards, credit card, Venmo and Paypal.

How often should I have a Rolfing session?

People usually schedule sessions anywhere from once a week to every four weeks. It is important to note your response to the work and schedule according to your body’s rhythms. You may notice your body wants time to absorb the work or that after a week your body is ready for another session.

Who should receive Rolfing?

People from all walks of life will benefit from Rolfing. It helps acute and chronic structural pain. It is also great upkeep for the body, helping to maintain flexibility and range of motion. Many people find they gain increased body awareness, allowing them to avoid the movements and patterns that caused them injury in the past.

What should I wear?

Clients are generally Rolfed in their underwear. This allows me to see your structure and better cater the session to your needs. You are also welcome to wear shorts/stretchy pants and a shirt. Your comfort is of most importance.