About Rofling
How It Works
Postural improvement
 
Rolfing addresses poor posture and the chronic discomfort it causes by bringing balance to the body’s muscular and connective tissue systems.  Shortness or tension anywhere in the body’s connective tissue elicits a response everywhere.  Imagine what happens to the toy in this picture when you change its tensional balance by repositioning one of the pegs.  Then, take a look and imagine how that same idea would apply to the balance of the “leg and foot” model.  From there, it gets easier to imagine how a shoulder may be affected by a hip. 
 
 
 
 
 
Joint Alignment
 
With a series of sessions, Rolfing progresses through the entire body to ensure there is the proper adaptability and support needed for correct joint alignment and function.  Chronic postural imbalances cause undue wear and tear on our joints as the forces running through them are no longer neutral and balanced.  It is of no surprise that, over time, the misalignment of a foot, or repeated ankle sprains are going to show up as knee pain and exposure to injury.  There’s a good reason as to why we get our wheels aligned every year or so for our cars! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nerve Inflammation
 
It is astonishing to see just how much of people’s pain and discomfort stems directly from adhered, compressed, or inflamed nerves.  It is very common to find some kind of nerve trouble surrounding just about every complaint out there.  When nerves become irritated they swell and harden causing tenderness to the touch, limitation to stretching, chronic protective muscle tension, mis-firing and poor coordination.  Working with and calming these pockets of inflamed tissue offers the body new possibilities for posture and movement as well as a direct relief from chronic and acute pain. 
 
 
 
 
 
Muscular Stregnth, Coordination, and Movement
 
As a result of postural improvement, joint alignment, calming inflammation, and reducing pain the body gets to recover from injury and is freed from its preoccupying limitations.  This renewal of vitality provides for a whole new sense of well being.  Our muscles are relieved of compensating for poor alignment, and they become more coordinated with each other, stronger and more efficient.  Yoga practices deepen, athletic activities improve, stretching advances, and sitting at the desk no longer hurts all day.  And the best part is...these new movement patterns help to reinforce the body’s structural changes so the works lasts longer!
 
 
 
What to Expect
A Typical Session
Rolfing as a Process
The first thing people usually hear about Rolfing is its age old reputation for being painful.  It doesn't have to be. I always work within the tolerance levels of the client. 
That said, sometimes it is beneficial to go through mild discomfort to get to a place of well-being in your daily life. My clients typically report that Rolfing feels like satisfying deep pressure. There are many times, especially when working with inflamed tissue, the work will feel very gentle.  My clients’ level of comfort during the sessions is always respected.
Rolfing sessions usually last anywhere from 75-90 minutes.  At the beginning and end of each session (and sometimes during) we will evaluate your structure in specific movements that will give both of us a chance to feel and observe changes. Clients are usually more active in the Rolfing process than with other types of body work.  The work becomes more effective as clients participate in ways such as performing specific movements or noticing their internal experience. 
 
Typical Rolfing attire for men and women can be their regular underwear or something like short, loose fitting gym or yoga wear.  Access to skin is great but your level of comfort is more important. 
Rolfing is most effective in the context of a series of sessions. The results of the sessions are cumulative and this allows us to more fully address your body’s restrictive postures and movement patterns so that you can get better and stay better. 
 
Classically, Rolfing has been delivered in a ten-session series that addresses the entire body. In the “ten-series” treatment plan, the individual sessions aim to systematically re-sculpt the body’s major segments (feet, legs, pelvis, back, etc.) in order to relieve strain from accidents, injuries, and over- and/or misuse. When these segments are sculpted into a new shape and form they will subsequently work differently, allowing for new possibilities of alignment and function.  
 
Whether its over one session or ten sessions, healthier alignment tends to relieve most painful symptoms, and increase energy and vitality; the body will only be doing as much work as it needs, no longer unnecessarily recruiting muscles to maintain faulty postures and patterns of compensation.  Many clients use Rolfing to manage both acute and chronic pain. This approach is often very beneficial and might not require the completion of a full series.