Rolfing has a reputation of creating changes that hold. This reputation is greatly attributed to the "whole body" process known as the Ten Series. We're not looking for a change that will last 24 hours, we're looking for a long lasting shift. For a shift like that to hold, it may require your whole body to change. Most people I work with choose to do a series of sessions for that reason. This is not the only way I work, but it is the most powerful.
You look at a dilapidated house and see that its roof has caved in after a small storm. Was it the small storm that created the damage, or was this damage just a small part of the greater picture? In this house the doors are askew, the walls are cracked and down below the foundation is sinking. Our bodies are not so different. It takes time to create an injury or feel chronic pain. In a Ten Series, we have to start from the beginning, build a foundation and gradually find a way for your body to stand in a way that is not painful.
There is a logical wisdom to this sequence of bodywork that follows the body’s own patterns of organization. Ida Rolf spent a lifetime watching her clients change. Her scientific mind understood that the whole body is connected, but work had to be done in a certain order for that change to hold. This is a brilliant framework of organization that is adaptable enough for any body’s needs.
The First Three Sessions
The first three sessions are the "foundation" of the ten-series: they provide the necessary foundation to accommodate changes throughout the entire system. They work to address the breath to make breathing easier, work on the feet and lower legs to provide a stable support for the rest of the body, and begin to provide space through the core of the body.
The Core Sessions
Sessions four through seven address structures in the core of the body, from the hips to the head. It works on the deeper structures to relieve tension being held deep within the body.
The Integration Sessions
The last three sessions are what we call the "integration" sessions. They work to organize the body as a whole, giving specific attention to areas that still need work, and balances the entire structure.
What does Rolfing address?
Rolfing is for anyone who wants to feel better in their body.
Chronic pain sufferers often find relief from Headaches, Neck Pain, Frozen Shoulder, TMJ, Carpal Tunnel, Scoliosis, Back Pain, Tendonitis, Computer-Use Pain, and more. Athletes use Rolfing to address scar tissue, rehabilitate and prevent repetitive strain injuries, and optimize performance.
Does Rolfing hurt?
Often times, the first thing people hear about Rolfing is that it hurts. Over the years, Rolfing has refined its approach and found that working in a less painful way actually has better results and avoids putting your nervous system into shock. At moments Rolfing can feel like a light burning sensation as long held adhesions in the fascia break free. But clients generally report feeling a deep release after such sensations pass.
Is Rolfing the same as deep tissue massage?
No. While the two may feel similar at times, the fundamental principles of Rolfing differ from massage. While massage focuses on a more temporary state of relaxation and circulation, Rolfing works in a way to change the underlying structure of the body to produce lasting change.
Does it last?
Yes. One of the highlights of the Rolfing series is that it produces lasting change throughout the body. The most effective way to have these results is to consider a Ten Series.
Do I have to do ten sessions?
The Ten Series is the most powerful way I work, but not the only way. People often find benefit from either a shorter series or even a single session. If you have a very specific goal or have gone through a Ten-Series in the past, it may be ideal to break out of the series.
Does it help chronic pain?
Yes, it certainly can. The overall goal of Rolfing is to bring the body back into its natural alignment, allowing tension which commonly shows up as pain to naturally dissipate.
How long is each session?
Each session has its own individual goal, and it may vary how long it takes to reach that goal. On average sessions last 75 minutes.
What should I wear?
For Women: Underwear and bra or a two-piece swimsuit, loose running shorts, or yoga wear (Racer-back sports bras can be tricky to work around)
For Men: Briefs boxer briefs or loose running shorts.
The most important thing is for you to be comfortable. Traditional massage draping is not done in Rolfing, but there are always sheets and blankets available.