Frequently asked questions about Rolfing:
What to expect during a session?
Sessions tend to be in the range of 60-75 minutes. The initial intake requires a 75 min session to fully go over your history, do a proper assessment, and formulate a treatment protocol. During the session different techniques are used to bring movement back to your tissue, joints and body as a whole. These techniques can vary, and movement from the client assists the work and helps to establish new/healthy patterns. The neck and back are always worked in sessions to integrate the entire spinal column, Often times different tools such as bands or balls are incorporated to assist the work. At the end of each session assessment is performed again to evaluate the changes.
Is Rolfing Painful?
The older style of Rolfing used a lot of force, but in my practice I use more subtle techniques to mobilize tissue, and when I do use deeper contact it feels very pleasurable. The client is always in control of the depth of contact they would like used during the session.
How is Rolfing different from Massage/Chiropractic?
Chiropractic treatments focus on the bone alignment and individual joints, and uses high velocity thrusting to correct imbalances. Rolfing uses gentle techniques to manipulate the soft tissue that attach to bone, and by balanced the tone of the tissue, the bones are no longer pulled out of alignment, and can return to a normal position.
Massage therapy is an umbrella of bodywork and many techniques/styles are used to balance the tissue/joints of the client. The goals of Massage and Rolfing are different in that Rolfing practitioners formulate a strategy to balance the whole body, rather than simply releasing strained tissue. Rolfing sessions also involve client participation, with active movements that assist the work and help integrate the nervous system.
Do the Changes last?
Yes. Since Rolfing sessions build on one another, and with the use of movement during the sessions, clients are able to experience new movement patterns that are more efficient. These new patterns are reinforced in the sessions through more dynamic movements, and clients are shown how to apply the changes in daily life.
How many sessions do I need?
The traditional sequence is a 10-series protocol that covers all aspects of the body, from the toes, to the top of the head.. As many old patterns in the body have been reinforced over the years, the body contains multiple layers of twists and turns that must be sequentially corrected, which can take time. Series length can vary depending on the patterns observed, response to the work, body usage and goals of the client. Sessions tend to be spread out over a weekly basis to allow time for integration of the changes.
Who can benefit from Rolfing?
Everyone; We are all resisting the force of gravity that pushes down on us, and to be more upright, with better posture, means less resistance, and more energy. From the weekend warrior to the 9-5 office worker, we all want the most from our bodies and to stay healthy for many years.
What to Wear?
As we do assessment in the sessions, being able to see your structure is important. Most clients wear running shorts and women wear a sports bra or regular bra, and men are topless. We respect your comfort level and work with you to ensure that your attire is comfortable during the sessions.
Joel Cosman, Manual Osteopathic Practitioner and Certified Rolfer