Frequently Asked Questions

How does Rolfing work?

Rolfing manipulation is done sitting, standing, or lying. The Rolfer works with the client’s myofascia (muscles and fascia) to release restrictions in the body. See the photos on the Rolfing page for some examples. Movement work is done either in conjunction with manipulation, or separately, bringing the client’s attention to how s/he is using the body in sitting, standing or walking.

Why do you have to have a series of sessions?

The goal of Rolfing is to create an integrated structure. Because every part of the body depends on all of the other parts of the body to function well, Rolfing needs to address the entire body to accomplish its goals. Rolfing is wholistic, and when a Rolfer looks at, for a example, the shoulder, this requires seeing how all other aspects and parts of the body influence, and are affected by the function of the shoulder. This is a major difference between Rolfing and most other modalities. For a further, somewhat technical, explanation of how the body functions as an interconnected structure, please go the links page on this website and go to the Biotensegrity pages.

How often do I need sessions and how many will I need?

Sessions are generally once a week. The standard Rolfing series is 10 sessions. This number can be greater or fewer, depending on your physical conditions and needs.

I’ve heard that it is painful. Is that true?

Rolfing needs to be done (in my opinion) in a way that is acceptable to the client. Tolerating sensation that feels painful causes a tensing in the body, and this diminishes the effectiveness of the work. I ask my clients to tell me if the sensations in their body become uncomfortable.