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FAQ

HOW IS ROLFING DIFFERENT FROM MASSAGE AND OTHER MODALITIES?

People often ask about the differences between Rolfing and other bodywork such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, assisted stretching, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc. Rolfing may look like massage but people often find them to be very different experiences. Most of the work is manual therapy done with the client lying down. However, there are a number of things clients generally find distinct: little to no gliding, working slowly and staying in one spot for longer periods, asking a client for movement occasionally, movement education, seated bench work (usually for the spine), and a clearly systemized method with a longer-range vision and plan to see how parts of your body relate to one another (e.g., shoulder girdle to rib cage). There are also no oils and no music used.

DO I HAVE TO DO A ROLFING 10-SERIES?

No. It's fine if you want short-term, specific work for a specific problem, or what we sometimes call "fix-it work". You can choose the new client booking whether you want session 1 of a 10-series or fix-it work. Furthermore, a 10-series can be drawn out over a lengthy period. Clients in more acute pain often see me once a week, but for clients who are in a better place, I generally recommend coming for a session every 2 weeks, which some clients find surprising. I underwent my own initial 10-series as a client once a month.

HOW LONG IS A SESSION?

Sessions run for about an hour and fifteen minutes. However, a session may run a little faster or longer depending on what should be done that session.

IS IT PAINFUL?

I believe Rolfing has more of a reputation for being painful from older practitioners. The pressure I work with shouldn't make you brace or resist my touch. In Rolfing, we often talk about the "layer of availability". This is not only about what depth of the muscles and fascia can be worked with, but also what pressure a client can handle. This can vary person to person, but also part to part.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

You should wear what you're comfortable wearing. Having said that, extra clothing is an extra layer, and it is easier working in direct contact with the body. Natural fibers generally work better. Sportswear can be quite thick and tough.

HOW DOES A TYPICAL SESSION GO?

Sessions will start with us conversing about how you feel currently; how your personal history informs the present. I'll take a look at you standing, walking, etc. There will be about an hour of work on the table. Rolfing sessions typically end with neck work, pelvic lift, and work along your back while seated on the bench.

AM I EXPECTED TO TIP TOO?

Definitely not.

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