Frequently Asked Questions
Rolfing is a specialized type of manual therapy used to restructure the body’s posture. Rolfing frees restrictions inside the body resulting in a return to more natural movement and increased range of motion.
We do not directly bill health insurance for your treatments. If you would like to bill your insurance for reimbursement, we can provide you with an itemized receipt that you can submit directly. You will need to contact your insurance company to find out what their policy is regarding reimbursement for out of network providers (every plan is different). If you have been in a car accident and are covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP), we can bill directly. Please bring to your appointment a photocopy of the front and back of your auto insurance card and a prescription for massage therapy or myofascial release from a medical doctor. Talk to your chiropractor or regular MD about getting manual bodywork treatment for your injuries.
Yes. Every Rolfing session reintegrates a level of order into your body that stays there. Each session will leave your body more capable of spreading stresses throughout your entire body so that acute pains build up less. Mindful movement will help the benefits your receive to last for many years.
The goals for massage and Rolfing are often very different. Massage is usually about relaxation; Rolfing is about aligning structure and improving long-term function, alleviating pain, and returning the body to it’s naturally flexible and mobile state. Both modalities are valuable and one does not exclude the other.
I recommend at least a day rest after a session. The body is adapting, and changing after a session, and needs time to assimilate. When possible, take a couple of days from strenuous exercise after a meaningful Rolfing session.
Rolfing is a unique sensation tho those that haven’t experienced it before. It can at times be intense, but should not be painful. If at times it is somewhat uncomfortable, it is a “good” discomfort where you can tell your body is benefiting greatly and the results will be lasting. You are always in control of the pressure during the session and responsible for managing your pain threshold. Breathing into the area and having clean, lotion-free skin will help tremendously.
Because you will be asked to move around some during a session, Rolfing is done partially clothed. Most people wear underwear that they’re comfortable in. For women, this means a bra and underwear, although athletic shorts and, for women, a tank top also works perfectly well.
At your first Rolfing session, we’ll spend the first few minutes going over your health history and talking about your goals for the work. Once we’ve had some time to chat, I’ll observe you walking and standing still. This helps me to see what patterns and compensations are happening in your body so that I can get a sense for what you need in order to achieve greater balance and openness.
Next, you’ll hop on the table and we’ll get to work. You’ll notice there is no top sheet and no face cradle on the Rolfing table. During your Rolfing Session, you will spend more time on your back than laying face down and may at times lay on your side or even sit up on the table. Also during your session, you may stand up and walk around again, allowing body changes to integrate and gravity changes to sink in. Breathing and movement cues “…foot up, foot down…” are integral to the Rolfing session and to the process of expansional balance.
The goal with Rolfing is to contact the skin, and be able to ‘intend’ deeper. Oils, creams, and moisturizers block the Rolfers’ ability to access the skin and get into the deeper layers of fascia/connective tissue. Subsequently, when working on someone who has applied lotion prior to the session, the treatment will likely be more painful as the lotion has accumulated dirt and other pollutants, clogging the pores. The day of your appointment please refrain from any lotion, moisturizer, body wash, face cream, or sun tan lotion after your shower.