FAQs & Rates
What does Rolfing feel like?
Rolfers use their hands, forearms and elbows during manipulation, and verbal cues to evoke awareness and/or movement where appropriate. The contact should never feel like "too much", in which the client has to tense somewhere else, hold their breath, or disassociate in order to stand the work.
How is it different than massage?
Rolfing is less about relaxation and more about aligning the body. Rolfers are interested in establishing an integrated, balanced body. The work may have affect not only the physical structure, but also physiological functioning, emotions and thought patterns.
Does it hurt?
Nowadays Rolfers are trained to work with the client and his/her/their nervous system, not against it. The contact may be light, sometimes deep, sometimes intense, but never painful. Pain is counterproductive to getting the nervous system to relax and tissues to release.
Is it really, really deep?
The perception of depth depends on the sensitivity of the client. As such, an elbow on an IT band of hamstring may or may not feel deep, and may or may not be productive. Gently holding the head or sacrum may be deeply felt with a resonating quality throughout the whole body, particularly when that body has begun to light up and link up new connections in the neural map, creating a global effect.
I work to the layer of availability and opportunity - that is, the layer of the body which the nervous system deems safe and effective to contact. Sometimes the issue is only skin deep, where the network of nerves and mechanoreceptors abide!
Will Rolfing help me with my (back, neck, knees, running, yoga, etc.?)
Rolfing is a process-oriented therapy; as a result, effects are not guaranteed. That said, I work closely with my clients to monitor their goals and carefully craft sessions with those in mind.
A central Rolfing principle is that a balanced body is self-organizing, and that given the proper input (structural manipulation, nervous system down-regulation, and movement/postural education), imbalances, tension, and pain tend to change or even disappear.
Do the effects last?
The effects of the Ten Series and of Post-Ten work are cumulative and evolving. It is not uncommon for people to continue to integrate changes for months or even years after their series. In my perspective, lasting change, or the ability to bounce back when the body tips toward imbalance, requires a level of self-awareness of how one inhabits their own body. This priceless awareness is something that Rolfing helps to inspire.
How can I get started (I've never been Rolfed before)?
To get started, just give me a call or shoot me an email. I do my best to respond within 24 hours, and often sooner. We will have a 10-15 minute phone consultation before booking a session. Come in and try one session, then we can determine the best course of action for future sessions (i.e. Ten Series, Post-Ten, Rolf Movement)
How can I get started (I've been through the Ten Series)?
You have options! You might repeat the series, come in for tune-ups, or a Post-Ten Series of 3-5 sessions. Give me a call or shoot me an email. I do my best to respond within 24 hours, and often sooner. We will have a 10-15 minute phone consultation before booking a session. Come in and try one session, then we can determine the best course of action for future sessions.
How often should I come in for sessions?
During the Ten Series or Post-Ten, you might schedule sessions 1-4 weeks apart. After you have been through these Series, you might consider a monthly Rolfing session as part of your regular self-care and maintenance routine. This will help to keep your body in optimal balance so you can worry less about aches and pains and focus on what you love and need to do!
How long are sessions?
Please allow 90 minutes for your first session, to account for an extended intake. After that, please budget for 75 minutes.
What are your rates per session?
$170/check or Venmo, or $150/cash. I offer 5% off 5 sessions and 10% off 10+ sessions.