Frequently asked questions
What should I wear to my Rolfing session?
Wear something you're comfortable walking around in. I will do a structural assessment before and after the session and sometimes in the middle of a session. You can choose to dress minimally such as underwear and bra or shorts and t-shirt or you can choose to wear more, such as leggings and a shirt.
How many sessions do I need?
There is no quick answer to this question. If you're wanting to address a specific issue I suggest we start with a series of three sessions. Sometimes that is enought to resolve an issue and sometimes it's not. A lot depends on how long term or deeply engrained the issue is.
Many clients find that regular maintenance sessions done on a bi-weekly or monthly basis to be the best for long-term health and wellness.
And of course, I recommend a Rolfing Ten Series if you've never had one or if a lot has changed since your last one.
What should I expect in a Rolfing session?
After discussing your intake form, I will most likely ask you to perform a few standing movement diagnostics. Then, once you are comfortable on the bodywork table, I will check joint range of motion, alignment and tissue tone. Along with these physical tests, I use SourcePoint Therapy - a simple non-invasive energetic diagnostic and treatment system - that helps me locate blocks or places of disconnection. After reflecting on this wide array of information, I will formulate a course of action that respects what your body has to share about its own healing while addressing your goals and concerns.
Who would benefit from a Rolfing session?
People from all backgrounds, ages, fitness levels and lifestyles can benefit from Rolfing.
More specifically, people seek Rolfing for help with:
-Neck & back pain
Others come to:
-Integrate major life events
-Be more comfortable in their own skin
-Move with more ease
-Clear energetic blocks
What is SourcePoint Therapy?
Simply put, it's a simple non-invasive energetic diagnostic and treatment system. It uses a series of techniques to provide a reference for each person's individual energy system as well as providing an energetic container for each session. There are several scans which provide information such as where each body would like to be first contacted, where the primary blockage to the flow of information is located. Once blockages are located manual, energetic, and education techniques are used to clear that blockage.
Using SourcePoint Therapy allows me to develop highly customized sessions, based on each person at that specific moment in time. When using SourcePoint therapy in conjunction with the 10-series, I can maximize the benefit of the structured sessions by focusing time and effort in the areas that are creating the greatest restrictions.
Per the governor's order both myself and clients must wear masks during sessions. Additionally, I ask all clients to reschedule if they have been exposed to COVID within the last 14 days. A HEPA air filter runs continuously during sessions to ensure the cleanest air.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the recipient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.
How is Rolfing different from massage?
Quick answer #1: Rolfing creates more space and ease between bodily structures whereas massage tends to work directly on muscles. Rolfing works on fascia, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones whereas massage tends to focus primarily on muscle bellies.
Quick answer #2: Massage therapists work on what hurts and Rolfers work on why it hurts.
Longer answer: Through soft tissue manipulation and movement education, Rolfers affect body posture and structure over the long-term. Unlike massage, which often focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning. Rolfing is different from deep-tissue massage in that practitioners are trained to create overall ease and balance throughout the entire structure, rather than focusing on areas that present with tension. As a structure becomes more organized, chronic strain patterns are alleviated, and stress and pain decrease.
What is the Rolf 10 Series?
The traditional way Rolfing is offered is through a system known as the Ten Series. A prescribed set of ten sessions which allow the practioner to address the whole system. This approach allows the Rolfer to impact the client’s structure in a methodical manner. This includes loosening superficial fascia before working deeper areas, improving support in feet and legs before affecting higher structures, and helping clients find ways to benefit from freer movement in their daily activities.
What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?
Rolfing SI is a form of therapy that helps the body move with more fluidity and grace. It works on the fascia, or connective tissue, throughout the body.
Originally designed as a series of ten sessions, Rolfing SI looks at the body as a whole and works to improve relationships between the different functioning parts. Often, the work is aimed at creating more space throughout the body, as living a modern life tends to compress our bodies. Rolfing Structural Integration works with each individual to reach the highest level of movement and integration possible.
"Rolfers™ maintain that the human structure is not fixed, but rather is highly mutable. Structure can deteriorate over time, due to injury, trauma, habits and repetitive patterns that cause inhibitions in movement, which can become chronic restrictions in tissue. However, structure can also change for the better, at almost any point in life." -The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® Standards of Practice
Can you sum up each of your services?
Rolfing works on why something hurts (or got out of alignment). Creates space between body structures. Looks at the body as a whole.
Massage works on what hurts. Promotes circulation and removal of metabolic waste. Cupping massage is decompressive.
Energy work (Reiki and SourcePoint) draw on a very gentle energy to promote wellness, relaxation and ease in the body.