Common Questions About Rolfing
Why do people get Rolfed?
People come to Rolfing for all sorts of reasons. To achieve greater freedom and comfort in their bodies, is a common reason. People come to gain relief from specific problems such and back/neck pain and sciatica. Athletes get rolfed and experience greater performance. Actors and dancers are drawn to Rolfing as a tool to open up greater expressive capacities in their bodies. The elderly can benefit by experiencing more fluidity in their bodies. Some people come to Rolfing as a way to facilitate a change in their lives. Others use Rolfing as a way to help deepen current practices, such as psychotherapy, meditation, Aikido, or tai chi.
Is Rolfing painful?
If you have heard anything, you’ve heard that it hurts. And sometimes it does, although I’ve had clients tell me their massage “hurts worse than this.” Anytime you are making a change in someone, particularly when you are dealing with life-long patterns in the body, there may be intense sensations.
What is the Ten-Series?
The basic Rolfing program consists of a ten-session series, generally spaced a week to two weeks apart. Dr. Rolf brilliantly conceived of this systematic method of bringing a person greater ease in their body. Each session has specific aims and goals so that no two sessions are the same. The sessions have a logical order with an eye towards overall well-being and comfort.
What is Post-Ten Rolfing?
The body continues to change in a positive way following the basic ten session series and that’s just what it is: a basic series. The body continues to evolve and many people find regular sessions a part of their on-going commitment to health and well-being. I have clients who schedule a session each month, others who return every six months, and others who come back when they feel the need. Post-ten Rolfing can be a great tune-up or another chance to work with a specific concern.
Will Rolfing get me out of pain?
Almost certainly. If the problem is structural (and most are) you will become pain free. However in severe cases of collapse and rotation it may take more time to do so.
Can I go back to work after a session?
Yes. Most people feel a profound sense of well-being after each session and increased energy. After Rolfing you should be able to go on with your life as you wish. I do caution clients not to engage in a heavy workout for at least 24 hours after a session. Following a session the body is in a new place and under the stress of a heavy work out may try to regress to its last place of stability. An ‘exploratory workout’ is probably best.
Will Rolfing be permanent?
I think more than permanent, my experience is that the body continues to change in a positive direction over time following Rolfing. You will look better and feel better. Photographs show that the changes of the basic series are still present many years after the series is complete. On the other hand, as bodies change, and people have further injuries, accidents or stressful times, additional work may be useful.
Am I too old for Rolfing?
Age is no barrier to Rolfing. Like most things in life it is better to start young, however I have worked with people in their eighties and nineties with effective permanent results. My favorite clients are in their 50’s and 60’s they have had enough of pain and misery and want their bodies back.
What about children and teenagers?
Rolfing can be a major influence in correcting childhood imbalances and injuries. I’ve had an active practice with children from 12 months to late adolescents.
Can Rolfing help victims of addiction and abuse?
I find the emotional effects of Rolfing to be very powerful. This kind of therapeutic bodywork is often instrumental in assisting people to get through the effects of trauma and abuse and to create a new relationship with their bodies.
What specific problems might Rolfing address?
Rolfers work with many different physical problems such as: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Neck and Lower back pain, Spinal curvature (scoliosis), TMJ, Headaches, Sciatica, and Joint pain.
How are Rolfers trained?
To be fully licensed and certified, Practitioners must complete 2 years of comprehensive study at the Rolfing Institute. This is followed by a 5 year continuing education program before advanced certification. Areas covered are Behavioral and Biological sciences, Rolfing Theory and extensive supervised clinical work.
Are there Psychological Results from Rolfing?
While Rolfing is primarily concerned with structural changes, any change in the physical body affects the whole person. A human being is comprised of many aspects including; attitudes, emotions, behavior, and structure. They are all related to each other. Rolfing clients often report positive changes in their outlook on life and in their ability to handle emotional changes.
Is Rolfing Covered By Insurance?
It depends on the insurance policy and the circumstances. With a physician’s prescription and referral, workman’s compensation and personal injury cases are usually covered. With personal health insurance, I advise clients to ask if physical manipulation or structural integration is covered and give them the procedure code: CPT code # 97140 (manual therapy). After you have completed a number of sessions, at your request, I will provide you with a letter and statement of the charges. For health insurance coverage, payment is required at the time of the session. If you fill out your own health insurance forms, there is a better chance that Rolfing will be covered.
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