Frequently asked questions
What is Rolfing Structural Integration?
Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.
Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.
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What attire should I wear to a session?
Your comfort is essential.
Here are some suggested possibilities for what to wear to sessions:
Women – running shorts and a jog bra, two piece bathing suit or underwear.
Men – running shorts, underwear.
Is myofascial release painful?
Rolfing used to have a reputation of being painful. This has proven to be a myth! In my practice, your level of comfort and working with your nervous system is of utmost importance. Communication is a key ingredient in sessions. Most clients report that the work feels like satisfying deep pressure that usually leads to a sense of ease or release. While the work can sometimes be quite direct and deep, we find a way to navigate that and always respect your level of comfort.
How does a typical Rolfing session go?
First we start with a short structural & movement analysis to see where things could move better or need more support.
A "fix it / intro" session will revolve around what the practitioner analyzes and what the client's needs are.
The first few sessions the client will learn how to be Rolfed and this usually entails the practitioner asking the client for more breath in order to open up their body, letting go of conscious holdings, and asking for movement to further manipulate tissue.
Session for 'Ten Series' clients will be different in the way that the sessions follow a recipe that builds support and space in the body over 10 sessions. Highly effective and very fascinating for the client to see and feel their results.