Announcement Regarding Coronavirus:

I hope each of you is well and safe amid the sudden uncertainty. May those who are vulnerable among us receive protection and timely treatment.

I’ve made the decision to stop seeing clients for now, because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We don’t know enough to be sure there are any precautions that will absolutely ensure safety, and I don’t want to risk being a vector for spreading the coronavirus to my clients. I’ll reevaluate as we all learn more in the coming days and weeks. Once we see how the first spike in sick people develops, and once testing is widely available, I hope it will be safe to resume with extra precautions.

I’m more than happy to be a resource for you in the meantime if I can, as far as strategies and cues for posture, movement, and coping. I love what I do, and I will be missing sharing it, so feel free to reach out any time!

Let’s all take care, and whenever we can touch in with a sense of peace and courage, let's share it with those who need it.

Paul

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning sessions and what to expect

How many sessions should I receive?

Rolfers typ­i­cal­ly work in a series of ses­sions. The num­ber of ses­sions depends in part on your goals as a client. I usu­al­ly rec­om­mend see­ing how you feel after one ses­sion if you’re unsure about set­ting up mul­ti­ple ses­sions.

The clas­sic series is the “Ten Series”, as devel­oped by Dr. Rolf. With each ses­sion build­ing on the one before, the Ten Series address­es the entire struc­ture of the body sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly, allow­ing for any amount of vari­a­tion to work with each par­tic­u­lar clien­t’s needs. There are nat­ur­al stop­ping places with­in this series (after the first, third, and sev­enth ses­sions) for those clients who are unsure about com­mit­ting to all ten.

Work­ing with­in the frame­work of a Ten Series enables the Rolfer not only to address local prob­lem areas, but to get at all the deep-seat­ed com­pen­sa­tions and inter­re­lat­ed issues that oth­er­wise might con­tin­ue to dis­rupt the body. And it pro­vides the time nec­es­sary to allow for a deep and last­ing rein­te­gra­tion of the whole body.

There are oth­er options besides the Ten: A short­er series or a sin­gle ses­sion can be tai­lored to a clien­t’s spe­cif­ic needs. While not as com­pre­hen­sive as a series of ten, short­er series can still be of great benefit—and may some­times be more appro­pri­ate.

How far apart should I schedule my sessions?

While ses­sions can take place a few days to a few weeks apart, the ide­al is around one or two weeks apart. This strikes a bal­ance between con­tin­u­ing the process and allow­ing the body and brain to set­tle into the changes in each ses­sion.

What should I wear for my session?

Here are some con­sid­er­a­tions when you’re get­ting ready for a ses­sion.

A Rolf­ing ses­sion typ­i­cal­ly begins and ends with a few min­utes of visu­al assess­ment, where you’ll stand and walk around the room. Most clients bring under­wear or oth­er min­i­mal cloth­ing that they are com­fort­able being seen in, since it allows for a more detailed assess­ment. Some pre­fer to be more cov­ered when they’re up off the table, and that’s fine too.

It’s also a good idea to refrain from using lotions just before a session—when your skin is too slick, it can some­times make it more dif­fi­cult to work with the right lay­ers of your body.

It’s impor­tant that my clients are com­fort­able; please let me know if you have any con­cerns in this regard.

How long is a session?

Ses­sions are an hour. I leave time between clients and on occa­sion, if the work calls for it, we may go a few min­utes longer. You may wish to plan accord­ing­ly.

Do you offer consultations?

I do. Con­sul­ta­tions are free, and they give you a chance to talk over any con­cerns and ques­tions you have and dis­cuss what options might suit your goals. I fre­quent­ly give a short hands-on demon­stra­tion for clients who want to get a sense of how Rolf­ing feels. Feel free to con­tact me to sched­ule a con­sul­ta­tion, or just to ask a few ques­tions.

Who should not receive Rolfing?

There are a num­ber of con­di­tions for which deep or firm touch is con­traindi­cat­ed. For many con­di­tions, there are often lev­els and areas to work safe­ly, but for some con­di­tions, it’s best to avoid the dis­tur­bance of any lev­el of touch. I dis­cuss these on a client by client basis. For seri­ous con­di­tions, it’s impor­tant that a med­ical doc­tor be involved in mak­ing deci­sions.

And of course, con­sult­ing with your doc­tor is always rec­om­mend­ed.

Poten­tial clients should also be aware that I don’t claim that Rolf­ing is a cure-all. It’s tremen­dous­ly suc­cess­ful in a lot of areas, and its effects on over­all health can some­times be sur­pris­ing, but in no way does Rolf­ing replace the skills of oth­er heal­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

Is Rolfing painful?

There’s a lot of con­fu­sion about Rolf­ing and painful work: Some peo­ple are wor­ried that Rolf­ing may be very painful. Oth­ers believe that only painful work is effec­tive work. (In 2010, The New York Times cov­ered Rolf­ing with the head­line “Rolf­ing, Excru­ci­at­ing­ly Help­ful”.)

Actu­al­ly, Rolf­ing can be very com­fort­able and remain very effec­tive. The con­tact cov­ers a very wide range, from very gen­tle to quite firm. Occa­sion­al­ly it can feel more intense, but ide­al­ly not beyond the intense-but-good feel­ing you might get when you stretch.

A skilled body­work­er should know that work­ing deeply does­n’t nec­es­sar­i­ly require firmer pres­sure, work­ing on the sur­face isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly light, and pain does­n’t nec­es­sar­i­ly cor­re­spond with either.

In fact, the more com­fort­able and able to par­tic­i­pate the client is, the bet­ter able the body is to incor­po­rate and coor­di­nate change. I do not work beyond a clien­t’s com­fort lev­el in any respect.

General questions about Rolfing

Why is it called Rolfing?

This work was the cre­ation of Dr. Ida P. Rolf. She orig­i­nal­ly called her work “Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion”. Out of def­er­ence and respect to her (and prob­a­bly because it was short­er to say), Dr. Rolf’s stu­dents and clients began call­ing the process Rolf­ing. The name stuck, and Dr. Rolf went along with it. Since that time, the work has influ­enced body­work­ers world­wide, and a num­ber of schools and dis­ci­plines cur­rent­ly teach peo­ple to do Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion.
The words Rolf­ing® and Rolfer™ now legal­ly dis­tin­guish only the work of grad­u­ates of The Rolf Insti­tute, which Dr. Rolf found­ed. While oth­er prac­ti­tion­ers of Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion also car­ry on in Dr. Rolf’s foot­steps, I stick to those trade­mark names because they con­nect me to the rep­u­ta­tion of the Rolf Insti­tute and its mem­bers.

Who was Dr. Rolf?

Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. (1896–1979) was a bio­chemist and the cre­ator of Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion, lat­er called Rolf­ing, and a huge influ­ence in the devel­op­ment of body­work in gen­er­al.

Dr. Rolf explored mul­ti­ple forms of alter­na­tive heal­ing in an effort to bet­ter under­stand the body, ini­tial­ly to help her­self and her sons with health issues. In the devel­op­ment of Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion, lat­er to be called Rolf­ing, she drew from yoga, osteopa­thy, chi­ro­prac­tic, and oth­er modal­i­ties.

The cen­tral focus of Dr. Rolf’s work was to see that the body’s orga­ni­za­tion in grav­i­ty is absolute­ly essen­tial to order and health, and the con­nec­tive tis­sues (fas­cia) play a cru­cial role in how ordered or dis­or­dered the body is at any time.

How is Rolfing different?

Many peo­ple come to Rolf­ing hav­ing worked with a mas­sage ther­a­pist or chi­ro­prac­tor. The work of Rolf­ing is dis­tinct from these modal­i­ties.

Rolf­ing works with con­nec­tive tis­sue and coor­di­na­tion pat­terns in your body to bring about an ever increas­ing orga­ni­za­tion to your struc­ture.

Mas­sage ther­a­py, includ­ing deep tis­sue mas­sage, is dis­tinct from Rolf­ing. In gen­er­al, mas­sage ther­a­pists are trained to focus on relax­ation and release in the body, but not direct­ly toward mak­ing struc­tur­al change.

Often, peo­ple find relax­ation of tense areas proves to be very short-lived when the under­ly­ing struc­ture is left unad­dressed. Rolfers work with the recog­ni­tion that when orga­ni­za­tion of the body is improved, relax­ation and release fol­low nat­u­ral­ly.

Rolf­ing dif­fers from chi­ro­prac­tic work by orga­niz­ing the con­nec­tive tis­sue that the spine (and every­thing else) is embed­ded in. Rather than focus­ing more direct­ly on align­ing bone, as most chi­ro­prac­tors do, a Rolfer makes shifts in the com­plex webs of fas­cia and mus­cle that sus­pend the bones of your body and shape their align­ment. As these come into bal­ance, your ver­te­brae (for exam­ple) fol­low and align nat­u­ral­ly.

If you’ve been work­ing with a mas­sage ther­a­pist, chi­ro­prac­tor, phys­i­cal ther­a­pist, ortho­pe­dist or oth­er pro­fes­sion­al and want to learn more about how Rolf­ing com­pares, don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me.

Payment and insurance

What is your cancellation policy?

Please be mind­ful that I have a lim­it­ed num­ber of appoint­ments avail­able by mak­ing can­cel­la­tions and resched­ul­ing with at least 24 hours notice.

If you have an ill­ness or emer­gency, con­tact me so a deci­sion can be made about resched­ul­ing your appoint­ment.

You are respon­si­ble for 50% of my reg­u­lar ses­sion fee for can­cel­la­tions made less than 24 hours in advance. You will not be charged if I am able to fill the slot with anoth­er appoint­ment.

If you miss your appoint­ment with­out con­tact­ing pri­or, you are respon­si­ble for the full ses­sion fee.

Can I use my Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

Many clients use their HSA or FSA to pay for ses­sions. Please con­tact your provider and ver­i­fy that Rolf­ing, Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion, and/or mas­sage ther­a­py are approved for spend­ing from your account.

If you will need a detailed receipt for doc­u­ment­ing your HSA or FSA spend­ing, please noti­fy my in advance of your ses­sion.

How much do you charge?

Ini­tial con­sul­ta­tions are free of charge. Ses­sions are $180. I do not offer pack­age dis­counts.

Do you take insurance?

If your insur­ance cov­ers your ses­sions, you’ll pay for the ses­sion your­self, and have your insur­ance reim­burse you. I can pro­vide you with receipts to sub­mit to your insur­ance com­pa­ny for reim­burse­ment.

If you plan on using insur­ance to cov­er the costs of your ses­sions, please call your insur­ance, ver­i­fy your cov­er­age, and let me know in advance your needs.

Check with your insur­ance com­pa­ny whether they cov­er Rolf­ing, Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion, or mas­sage ther­a­py. Insur­ance that cov­ers mas­sage ther­a­py also cov­ers my work, since I am licensed as a mas­sage ther­a­pist. Clients who are recov­er­ing after an auto­mo­bile acci­dent usu­al­ly find that their auto insur­ance cov­ers mas­sage ther­a­py. How­ev­er, it is gen­er­al­ly rare that health insur­ance plans will cov­er this work.

If you are plan­ning on hav­ing your ses­sions reim­bursed by your insur­ance, be sure to check whether a doc­tor’s pre­scrip­tion will be required.

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