Rolfing FAQs

What is Rolfing Structural Integration?
Our bodies react to the constant influence of gravity like every other physical structure in the universe. When we are out of balance, gravity drags us down, just as it drags down a building that has lost its structural integrity. Whether from poor posture, injury, illness, or emotional distress, an unbalanced body is in a constant tug-of-war with gravity. The result is an accumulation of tension and strain within the body’s muscles and surrounding connective tissue that gives rise to pain, rigidity of movement, and depleted energy.

The primary aim of the Rolfing process is to permanently release this tension and to overcome deeply ingrained physical restrictions–balancing and realigning your entire body in relation to gravity. Dr. Ida P. Rolf called her revolutionary bodywork approach Structural Integration. Unlike every other form of contemporary bodywork, Rolfing bodywork is the only manipulative system whose ultimate goal is to evoke highly integrated and efficient ways of moving that enable your body to remain effortlessly balanced in gravity.

How does Rolfing realign the landscape of the body?
The Rolfing Method releases the tension, tightness, and restrictions that are held in the connective tissue — called fascia — which surroundsa and penetrates the muscles and every other structure in your body. If you have ever cut into a piece of steak, you have seen the fascia close up — it is the white filmy substance binding muscles together.

Dr. Rolf was the first scientist to recognize the critical role played by the fascia, which gives the human body its specific shape and orientation. While the fascia’s remarkable plasticity enables us to adapt to stress and injury, it also thickens and rigidifies in response to the strains pulling our bodies out of alignment with gravity. Slouched backs with heads too far forward, knock-knees or bowed legs, flat feet or high arches, excessive spinal curvature — these are all the telltale signs of complex patterns of strain and tightness resulting from the thickening of the muscles and fascia.

Dr. Rolf’s deepest practical insight was to recognize that this very same plasticity could be harness to literally reshape the body and bring about a fundamental structural transformation. Through highly refined techniques of applying pressure with the hands, A Certified Rolfer can soften and lengthen the fascia, which in turn frees the body from constrictions and enables it to right itself effortlessly in gravity. 

What results can you expect from Rolfing?
For over four decades, Rolfing integration has brought lasting relief from chronic conditions of all kinds while promoting an enhanced sense of vitality and well-being in people of all ages and walks of life. Not only does this Rolfing process help you avoid the degenerative effects that arise when you are out of balance with gravity, it also enables you to let go and experience a new sensitivity toward yoru body and the physical world. Rolfing clients also frequently achieve greater psychological and emotional well-being. It has helped people in psychotherapy gain a more direct connection to their emotional life. And for many, it has deepened the practices of meditation, yoga, tai chi and other mind/body disciplines.

As years of old postural habits, injuries and the physical manifestations of emotional traumas give way to new patterns and experiences through Rolfing structural work, your body begins to take a new form and shape. At ease with your body and balanced in gravity, you experience and enhanced sense of flexibility and freedom. And best of all, your body is better able to adapt to life’s demands and stresses in a way that doesn’t result in physical constriction, tension and injury.

Most people come to their Rolfing sessions with a list of complaints, aches and pains, some minor and some symptomatic and indicative of deeper structural trouble. While they are aware of the discomfort associates with their troubles, they are often unaware of the more subtle body sensations that would give them an ability to consciously alter their physical co-ordination and relieve some of their aches and pains. 

During the Rolfing series, as restricted tissues are released and new movements become possible, greater body awareness is accessed. You can expect that the combination of freedom from physical restriction and greater self awareness will result in new patterns of co-ordination and reduced strain at the sites of the pain.

How does the Rolfing integration feel?
If you can imagine how it feels to live in a fluid, light and balanced body, free of pain, stiffness and chronic stress, then you can begin to appreciate the depth of the Rolfing experience. While every Rolfing session is unique, addressing your specific physical problems and patterns, it involves the manipulation of fascia at varying depths in the body. Thus, the sensations can vary from mild to strong and range from pleasurable warmth to momentary discomfort. At times there may be little sensation at all. Early in your first session, your Rolfer and you will establish a level of physical intensity with which you are comfortable. Often, within the first few sessions you will notice a palpable release of tension and tightness. Many people report feeling lighter, taller and more balanced. Sometimes the effects build more gradually, with an increasing fluidity of movement, a greater sense of ease as well as increased alertness and energy. 

The Rolfing series typically begins with ten, one-hour to one-and-a-half-hour sessions (a week or two apart) that are designed as a comprehensive approach to integrating your entire body. Special interventions to treat specific injuries can often be accomplished in fewer sessions. Post-Ten sessions provide you with an ongoing way to mitigate the damaging effects of stress, to enhance performance and to support a wide variety of personal growth practices. 

What does the Rolfing Technique Offer That Massage/Chiropractic Adjustments Don’t?

As a technique, Rolfing is used for reordering the body to bring its major segments – head, shoulders, thorax, pelvis and legs – toward a vertical alignment. Generally speaking, the Rolfing technique lengthens the body, approaching an ideal in which the left and right sides of the body are more nearly balanced and in which the pelvis approaches horizontal, permitting the weight of the trunk to fall directly over the pelvis; the head rides above the spine, the spinal curves are shallow, and the legs connect vertically to support the bottom of the pelvis. A professional Rolfer uses physical pressure to stretch and guide the connective tissue, lengthening and orizing it, allowing for more efficient, flexible movement. The person being Rolfed participates in the process by moving, breathing and releasing the holding patterns within the connective tissue, allowing the innate balance of the body to become the teacher.

Who should receive Rolfing SI?

According to Dr. Rolf, all bodies have some degree of disorder and compensation in their structure; therefore she believed that everyone, children and adults, should receive Rolfing Structural Integration. In fact, in her global vision, she imagined a more evolved and structurally efficient human species as a result of Rolfing SI. However, we realize that most potential clients need more compelling reasons to undergo this powerful transformative sequence of sessions.

Those who have a history of injury or trauma and notice that the effects of their often minor injuries are beginning to interfere with their everyday lives should consider Rolfing SI. In many cases these individuals have tried traditional medical treatments or exercise to reduce or counteract the long-term effects of old injuries with varying degrees of success. This group might include former and current athletes, musicians, performers or those engaged in physically demanding jobs, and those who choose not to accept the notion that the quality of their lives must suffer simply because they are aging. In fact, all adults of any age who suffer from any limiting physical discomfort can absolutely benefit from Rolfing SI, as long as there are no signs of a nervous disorder or a deeper pathology. For most of us, Rolfing SI, combined with appropriate movement therapy, such as Rolf Movement® Integration offers a long-lasting solution for connective tissue problems.

What makes Rolfing different than massage, chiropractic, or physical therapy?

back-pain-austin-rolfing

One of the most common misconceptions about Rolfing Structural Integration is that it is a nothing more than a type of very deep massage. There are many varieties of massage, which can be particularly effective for loosening tight tissue, reducing stress, detoxing the body and evoking an increased feeling of relaxation and well-being. Since these benefits are also a byproduct of Rolfing SI, the general public experience confusion as to the precise difference between our work and the proliferation of effective touch modalities currently available.

Ray McCall, a Certified Advanced Rolfer in Boulder, once said that what Rolfers do can be summed up in three words: palpation, discrimination and integration. We palpate, or touch the tissue, feeling for imbalances in tissue texture, quality and temperature to determine where we need to work. We discriminate, or separate fascial layers that adhere and muscles that have been pulled out of position by strain or injury. Finally, we integrate the body, relating its segments in an improved relationship, bringing physical balance in the gravitational field. Other soft-tissue manipulation methods, including massage, are quite good at the first two, but do not balance the body in gravity.

As Dr. Rolf used to say: “It is easy to take a body apart, but it takes skill and understanding to put it back together.” The true genius of her method is the art and science of reshaping and reorganizing human structure according to clearly defined principles in a systematic and consistent manner for long term results.

In addition to our skill as structural integrators, we are also educators, a point Dr. Rolf stressed frequently in her training classes. The role of teacher is something every Rolfer takes seriously. In each session, Rolfers seek to impart insights to clients to increase their awareness and understanding, to help the client make the work we do their own. Our job is to make ourselves obsolete, by empowering our clients to take charge of their own physical and emotional health. Influencing the structural evolution of man on a global level was Dr. Rolf’s fondest dream.

What are Common Benefits of Rolfing?

  • Chronic pain and stress reduction
  • Athletic and physical performance
  • Greater flexibility
  • Reduced effort in activities
  • Balanced tone throughout tissues
  • Reduced stress
  • Overall enhanced quality of life
  • Improved digestion and circulation
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches disappearing
  • Back pain healing
  • Neck pain healing
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain reduction
  • Knee pain resolution
  • SI joint pain
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia healing
  • Scoliosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Breathing restrictions
  • Greater enjoyment of the body
  • Mental and emotional state
  • Changes that last for many years

Who can Rolfing Help?

Rolfing can help people who are highly active, such as athletes, martial artists, dancers and yoga practitioners. It can also help people with quieter lifestyles, whether that be due to age, injury, or preference. People from all walks of life have reported that they’re able to gather more subtle information from their bodies in the present moment after receiving Rolfing sessions. In turn, this expands and enlightens them in regard to their general wellness. While not everyone lives so acutely in their body, most clients also often describe calm, clarity, an absence of chronic tension, and a general sense of feeling lighter.

“Rolfers make a life study of relating bodies and their fields to the earth and its gravity field, and we so organize the body that the gravity field can reinforce the body’s energy field. This is our primary concept. This is the gospel of Rolfing: When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself. As people come to Rolfers with their aches and their pains, we can see where their bodies are literally offering blocks to the gravitational forces. The gravitational force is immense and their resistance isn’t much good except to close the body down, compress it. Sometimes the block has been put into the physical picture by a physical trauma. This block is in the actual structure, in the flesh of the body. Then there is the kind of block that is basically emotional.” -Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.

Can Rolfing help me with my pain/posture/performance/rehabilitation?

Absolutely. See above for a list of benefits, or visit testimonials to hear from other clients in Austin.

What about the emotional and psychological effects of Rolfing?

It is impossible to touch the physical body without touching the emotional body. All individuals develop compensatory patterns, ways of the body holding and defending itself against a variety of physical and emotional traumas.

For most Rolfers, emotional catharsis is not something consciously desired nor intended for their clients. Rather, the person is approached with reverence and compassion. When emotionally charged areas of the body have been identified by the client, or intuited by the practitioner, they are normally accessed slowly and with constant communication between the Rolfer and the client.

Sometimes, however, repressed memories or experiences will arise for which the client and the Rolfer may not have any advanced warning. In this situation, the goal of the Rolfer is to provide a safe container for their release, taking the requisite time to integrate the experience into the physical and emotional body in a way that promotes maximum resolution and minimal trauma to the system.
Rolfer’s are trained to ease a client through such an experience but are not trained as therapists.

The nature and quality of accessing and resolution of emotionally charged material may be the most profound portion of a client’s Rolfing experience. However, the client should not enter the Rolfing process with anticipation of such a major release but should remember that the Rolfer’s area of expertise is integrating and balancing connective tissue. The emotional component, as attractive or dreaded as it may be, remains an ancillary aspect of the Rolfing process and not its primary intention.

How do I schedule a session?

Click here.

What should I wear to my Rolfing session?

Rolfing is not performed in the nude. Men and women should bring underwear or loose-fitting shorts that they’re comfortable in. Women should wear a bra that allows access to the neck, shoulders, and back. Please dress in a way that allows you to feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed. However, note that tight-fitting shorts or boxer briefs, undergarments with thick straps (i.e. sports bras), or any other form of clothing that restricts or complicates access to key areas of the body (scapula, shoulders, sternum, hips) hinders your practitioner’s access and limits their efficacy in the work.

Is Rolfing painful?

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The short answer is no. Rolfing is usually feels quite good and your therapist may occasionally apply pressure or ask for movement that causes slight discomfort. Even so, the pressure should feel like it is releasing tension that the body no longer wants to hold.

Does Insurance cover Rolfing?

Rolfing therapy may be covered by your health insurance. Many times a letter of medical necessity from a doctor or chiropractor is necessary. It is best to check with your insurance provider to determine your eligibility and their requirements. I do not currently bill insurance, but can supply you with a receipt, upon payment, with the medical billing code for “Manual Therapy” (97140). If your insurance provider covers “myofascial release” or “neuromuscular re-education,” or if your employer provides flexible spending options, these plans can often be used for some kind of manual therapy and don’t always require a referral. It may be beneficial to contact your provider with the following questions: 1.) Does my plan cover “manual therapy” from a service provider outside the network? 2.) Do I need written consent or diagnosis from a medical professional prior to my appointment to file it as a claim?

Should I consult a medical professional before receiving Rolfing?

The majority of people can receive Rolfing sessions without prior approval from an MD or chiropractor. However people who have undergone recent or major surgery, or who have serious, undiagnosed, or untreated psychiatric conditions should consult a doctor before scheduling a session.

What are some books I can read to learn more about Rolfing?

The Ida P. Rolf Online Library of Structural Integration offers a searchable index of many articles on Rolfing SI.

The list of books below are also a good reference, but some may no longer be available:

Anson, Briah. Rolfing: Stories of Personal Empowerment (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Press, 1998). Inspiring and insightful accounts of the Rolfing experience as reported by numerous former Rolfing clients.

Bond, Mary. Balancing Your Body: A Self-Help Approach to Rolfing to Balancing the Body (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1993).

Cottingham, John T. Healing Through Touch (Boulder, CO, The Rolf Institute, 1985). Exploration of methods of healing going back 5,000 years.

Fahey, Brian W., PhD. The Power of Balance: A Rolfing View of Health (Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press, 1995). A very accessible summary of the basic Rolfing theory and movement.

Feitus, Rosemary, ed. Remembering Ida Rolf, (Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 1996). Collection of stories from people who knew Dr. Rolf.

Maitland, Jeffrey, PhD. Spacious Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1995). Philosophical consideration of embodiment, Buddhism and the Rolfing experience.

Ida Rolf Talks about Rolfing and Physical Reality. Rosemary Feitis, ed. . Reprinted ed. (Boulder, CO, The Rolf Institute, 1978). A collection of quotes on bodywork and a variety of topics of interest to Dr. Rolf.

Rolf, Ida. Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-being. Reprinted Ed. (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1989). The bible of Rolfing completed late in Dr. Rolf’s long career.

Schultz, R. Louis, PhD. Out in the Open: The Complete Male Pelvis (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1999). A unique look at the structural and psychological issues involved in the male pelvis from a Rolfing perspective.

What should I do after a session to retain my new improvements?

Your Rolfer will assign you homework after many of your sessions. The most common recommendations are simple stretching exercises. We may also recommend changing the ergonomics of your home/work environment, and developing new body awareness. Sometimes changes show up in the body all at once after a “keystone session.” Other times the changes happen subtly and organically. Quite often clients notice changes in their body up to 6 months after finishing the 10-series.

How much time should I allow to pass between my sessions?

Typically sessions are scheduled 1 to 3 weeks apart. If more time is needed due to financial, work, or family considerations, please talk to your Rolfer about exercises you can do between sessions. Clients going through the 10-Series will usually come in every one to two weeks. Post-10 clients may seek tune-ups anywhere from once a month up to once a year.

What is a Rolfer and what is Rolfing Structural Integration?

Rolfers™ assess posture by looking at the body as a functional system of moving parts. The body can become disorganized and structurally compromised by injuries, habits, and other life factors. Typically, when an injury or bad postural habit gets locked into the body, it requires other structures in the body to compromise to accommodate it. When these compromises accumulate into “holding patterns”, people generally have less energy, less freedom of movement, and are more prone to re-injury. Rolfing peels back the different layers of compromised structural patterns to their roots, and then uses education and bodywork to restore the body (and the whole person) to functional wellness.

As a technique, Rolfing is used for reordering the body to bring its major segments – head, shoulders, thorax, pelvis and legs – toward a vertical alignment. Generally speaking, the Rolfing technique lengthens the body, approaching an ideal in which the left and right sides of the body are more nearly balanced and in which the pelvis approaches horizontal, permitting the weight of the trunk to fall directly over the pelvis; the head rides above the spine, the spinal curves are shallow, and the legs connect vertically to support the bottom of the pelvis. A professional Rolfer uses physical pressure to stretch and guide the connective tissue, lengthening and orizing it, allowing for more efficient, flexible movement. The person being Rolfed participates in the process by moving, breathing and releasing the holding patterns within the connective tissue, allowing the innate balance of the body to become the teacher.

Who should receive Rolfing SI?

According to Dr. Rolf, all bodies have some degree of disorder and compensation in their structure; therefore she believed that everyone, children and adults, should receive Rolfing Structural Integration. In fact, in her global vision, she imagined a more evolved and structurally efficient human species as a result of Rolfing SI. However, we realize that most potential clients need more compelling reasons to undergo this powerful transformative sequence of sessions.

Those who have a history of injury or trauma and notice that the effects of their often minor injuries are beginning to interfere with their everyday lives should consider Rolfing SI. In many cases these individuals have tried traditional medical treatments or exercise to reduce or counteract the long-term effects of old injuries with varying degrees of success. This group might include former and current athletes, musicians, performers or those engaged in physically demanding jobs, and those who choose not to accept the notion that the quality of their lives must suffer simply because they are aging. In fact, all adults of any age who suffer from any limiting physical discomfort can absolutely benefit from Rolfing SI, as long as there are no signs of a nervous disorder or a deeper pathology. For most of us, Rolfing SI, combined with appropriate movement therapy, such as Rolf Movement® Integration offers a long-lasting solution for connective tissue problems.

What makes Rolfing different than massage, chiropractic, or physical therapy?

back-pain-austin-rolfing

One of the most common misconceptions about Rolfing Structural Integration is that it is a nothing more than a type of very deep massage. There are many varieties of massage, which can be particularly effective for loosening tight tissue, reducing stress, detoxing the body and evoking an increased feeling of relaxation and well-being. Since these benefits are also a byproduct of Rolfing SI, the general public experience confusion as to the precise difference between our work and the proliferation of effective touch modalities currently available.

Ray McCall, a Certified Advanced Rolfer in Boulder, once said that what Rolfers do can be summed up in three words: palpation, discrimination and integration. We palpate, or touch the tissue, feeling for imbalances in tissue texture, quality and temperature to determine where we need to work. We discriminate, or separate fascial layers that adhere and muscles that have been pulled out of position by strain or injury. Finally, we integrate the body, relating its segments in an improved relationship, bringing physical balance in the gravitational field. Other soft-tissue manipulation methods, including massage, are quite good at the first two, but do not balance the body in gravity.

As Dr. Rolf used to say: “It is easy to take a body apart, but it takes skill and understanding to put it back together.” The true genius of her method is the art and science of reshaping and reorganizing human structure according to clearly defined principles in a systematic and consistent manner for long term results.

In addition to our skill as structural integrators, we are also educators, a point Dr. Rolf stressed frequently in her training classes. The role of teacher is something every Rolfer takes seriously. In each session, Rolfers seek to impart insights to clients to increase their awareness and understanding, to help the client make the work we do their own. Our job is to make ourselves obsolete, by empowering our clients to take charge of their own physical and emotional health. Influencing the structural evolution of man on a global level was Dr. Rolf’s fondest dream.

 

What are the Benefits of Rolfing?austin-posture-improvement-rolfing

Rolfing helps with:

  • Chronic pain and stress reduction
  • Athletic and physical performance
  • Greater flexibility
  • Reduced effort in activities
  • Balanced tone throughout tissues
  • Reduced stress
  • Overall enhanced quality of life
  • Improved digestion and circulation
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches disappearing
  • Back pain healing
  • Neck pain healing
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain reduction
  • Knee pain resolution
  • SI joint pain
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia healing
  • Scoliosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Breathing restrictions
  • Greater enjoyment of the body
  • Mental and emotional state
  • Changes that last for many years

Who can Rolfing Help?

Rolfing can help people who are highly active, such as athletes, martial artists, dancers and yoga practitioners. It can also help people with quieter lifestyles, whether that be due to age, injury, or simple preference. People from all walks of life have reported that they’re able to gather more subtle information from their bodies in the present moment after receiving Rolfing sessions. In turn, this expands and enlightens them in regard to their general wellness. While not everyone lives so acutely in their body, most clients also often describe calm, clarity, an absence of chronic tension, and a general sense of feeling lighter.

“Rolfers make a life study of relating bodies and their fields to the earth and its gravity field, and we so organize the body that the gravity field can reinforce the body’s energy field. This is our primary concept. This is the gospel of Rolfing: When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself. As people come to Rolfers with their aches and their pains, we can see where their bodies are literally offering blocks to the gravitational forces. The gravitational force is immense and their resistance isn’t much good except to close the body down, compress it. Sometimes the block has been put into the physical picture by a physical trauma. This block is in the actual structure, in the flesh of the body. Then there is the kind of block that is basically emotional.” -Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.

Can Rolfing help me with my pain/posture/performance/rehabilitation?

Absolutely. See above for a list of benefits, or visit testimonials to hear from other clients in Austin.

What about the emotional and psychological effects of Rolfing?

It is impossible to touch the physical body without touching the emotional body. All individuals develop compensatory patterns, ways of the body holding and defending itself against a variety of physical and emotional traumas.

For most Rolfers, emotional catharsis is not something consciously desired nor intended for their clients. Rather, the person is approached with reverence and compassion. When emotionally charged areas of the body have been identified by the client, or intuited by the practitioner, they are normally accessed slowly and with constant communication between the Rolfer and the client.
Sometimes, however, repressed memories or experiences will arise for which the client and the Rolfer may not have any advanced warning. In this situation, the goal of the Rolfer is to provide a safe container for their release, taking the requisite time to integrate the experience into the physical and emotional body in a way that promotes maximum resolution and minimal trauma to the system.
Rolfer’s are trained to ease a client through such an experience but are not trained as therapists.

The nature and quality of accessing and resolution of emotionally charged material may be the most profound portion of a client’s Rolfing experience. However, the client should not enter the Rolfing process with anticipation of such a major release but should remember that the Rolfer’s area of expertise is integrating and balancing connective tissue. The emotional component, as attractive or dreaded as it may be, remains an ancillary aspect of the Rolfing process and not its primary intention.

How do I schedule a session?

Click here.

What should I wear to my Rolfing session?

Rolfing is not performed in the nude. Men and women should bring underwear or loose-fitting shorts that they’re comfortable in. Women should wear a bra that allows access to the neck, shoulders, and back. Please dress in a way that allows you to feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed. However, note that tight-fitting shorts or boxer briefs, undergarments with thick straps (i.e. sports bras), or any other form of clothing that restricts or complicates access to key areas of the body (scapula, shoulders, sternum, hips) hinders your practitioner’s access and limits their efficacy in the work.

Is Rolfing painful?

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One of the most common misconceptions about Rolfing is that it is very painful. It is very interesting to me that Rolfing has this reputation when there are so few clients who actually leave the office feeling that way! Rolfing can be deep work – often deeper than deep tissue massage. However, Rolfers regulate the pace of input and use the client’s movement to increase and decrease pressure.

Does Insurance cover Rolfing?

Rolfing therapy may be covered by your health insurance. Many times a letter of medical necessity from a doctor or chiropractor is necessary. It is best to check with your insurance provider to determine your eligibility and their requirements. I do not currently bill insurance, but can supply you with a receipt, upon payment, with the medical billing code for “Manual Therapy” (97140). If your insurance provider covers “myofascial release” or “neuromuscular re-education,” or if your employer provides flexible spending options, these plans can often be used for some kind of manual therapy and don’t always require a referral. It may be beneficial to contact your provider with the following questions: 1.) Does my plan cover “manual therapy” from a service provider outside the network? 2.) Do I need written consent or diagnosis from a medical professional prior to my appointment to file it as a claim?

Should I consult a medical professional before receiving Rolfing?

The majority of people can receive Rolfing sessions without prior approval from an MD or chiropractor. However people who have undergone recent or major surgery, or who have serious, undiagnosed, or untreated psychiatric conditions should consult a doctor before scheduling a session.

What are some books I can read to learn more about Rolfing?

The Ida P. Rolf Online Library of Structural Integration offers a searchable index of many articles on Rolfing SI.

The list of books below are also a good reference, but some may no longer be available:

Anson, Briah. Rolfing: Stories of Personal Empowerment (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Press, 1998). Inspiring and insightful accounts of the Rolfing experience as reported by numerous former Rolfing clients.

Bond, Mary. Balancing Your Body: A Self-Help Approach to Rolfing to Balancing the Body (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1993).

Cottingham, John T. Healing Through Touch (Boulder, CO, The Rolf Institute, 1985). Exploration of methods of healing going back 5,000 years.

Fahey, Brian W., PhD. The Power of Balance: A Rolfing View of Health (Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press, 1995). A very accessible summary of the basic Rolfing theory and movement.

Feitus, Rosemary, ed. Remembering Ida Rolf, (Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 1996). Collection of stories from people who knew Dr. Rolf.

Maitland, Jeffrey, PhD. Spacious Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1995). Philosophical consideration of embodiment, Buddhism and the Rolfing experience.

Ida Rolf Talks about Rolfing and Physical Reality. Rosemary Feitis, ed. . Reprinted ed. (Boulder, CO, The Rolf Institute, 1978). A collection of quotes on bodywork and a variety of topics of interest to Dr. Rolf.

Rolf, Ida. Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-being. Reprinted Ed. (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1989). The bible of Rolfing completed late in Dr. Rolf’s long career.

Schultz, R. Louis, PhD. Out in the Open: The Complete Male Pelvis (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1999). A unique look at the structural and psychological issues involved in the male pelvis from a Rolfing perspective.

What should I do after a session to retain my new improvements?

Your Rolfer will assign you homework after many of your sessions. The most common recommendations are simple stretching exercises. We may also recommend changing the ergonomics of your home/work environment, and developing new body awareness. Sometimes changes show up in the body all at once after a “keystone session.” Other times the changes happen subtly and organically. Quite often clients notice changes in their body up to 6 months after finishing the 10-series.

How much time should I allow to pass between my sessions?

Typically sessions are schedule 1 to 4 weeks apart. If more time is needed due to financial, work, or family considerations, please talk to your Rolfer about exercises you can do between sessions. Clients going through the 10-Series will usually come in every one to two weeks. Post-10 clients may seek tune-ups anywhere from once a month up to once a year.

 

 
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