Frequently Asked Questions
Is it painful?
In the past Rolfing® had a reputation for being painful and heavy-handed, but over the years it has evolved into a gentler and more precise method.
Most clients find Rolfing to be deep, slow and satisfying, as we find a way to work together that respects your level of comfort.
What do I wear?
Underwear, gym shorts, a regular or sports bra, a bathing suit top or bottom. Please refrain from wearing oils and lotions to the session, as they make it difficult to “hook” into the fascia.
How often do I need treatment?
Sessions are spaced according to the needs of the individual. Appointments are usually set every one to four weeks. Though it’s possible to have them closer together, it’s recommended not to space them too far apart, because each session builds upon the previous one.
After completing the Ten Series, clients often elect to come in every once every few months for a "tune-up".
What do you mean by movement education?
Rolfing is not just about the practitioner applying bodywork – you’ll also be learning about your own patterns and habits, and gain insights about how you move through the world. Your participation in the sessions helps the changes you experience to last longer, as they become integrated in your motor coordination pattern. As your body learns to move in more natural ways, the work steadily becomes a part of your daily life.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a strong and elastic form of connective tissue found everywhere in the body, from just under the skin to the deepest layers of the body. It provides internal structure and support, force transmission, and provides sensory feedback. It separates and wraps around every organ, bone, muscle and blood vessel.
Each individual muscle is composed of bundles of fibers, each separated by thin layers of fascia, called myofascia (picture an orange, whose segments are separated by thin layers of fibre). These layers form a "web" that is continuous throughout the body.
How is Rolfing different from myofascial release, massage and chiropractic?
Instead of focusing on various body parts, symptom by symptom, Rolfing approaches the organization and functioning of the whole body in gravity. Rolfers work with the connective tissue system, which holds your entire body together in an integrative process.
Clients are asked to participate with their awareness, as well as through gentle movements, in order to re-pattern certain habits of posture that may have unknowingly caused discomfort and pain in the past. Each session includes some form of movement education to bring awareness to everyday habits.