What to expect?

How much time does it take to be Rolfed?

Photos of hands working on someone's back.

A Rolfing session is about 70-80 minutes long. For approximately 60 minutes you can expect to be lying on a massage table. The first session takes about 10-15 minutes longer. If this is your first session, please print and fill the client information sheet and bring it with you.

What should I expect in a typical Rolfing session?

At the beginning of each session we will check in with your body, asking you to stand and move. We will evaluate your structure, posture, balance, alignment, mobility and specific movement patterns. This provides both of us a chance to feel and observe the state of your body and establish where we would like it to be.

During the session Rolfing involves applying pressure to the body to encourage the release of tension from the connective tissue. The pressure applied to different areas of your body will vary. Clients report experiencing a variety of sensations during the session--relaxation, warmth and intensity.

You are in control The most important thing to remember is that you are the boss. If something is too intense, I, as your Rolfer, will often know by the way your body responds; you can also just say that it’s too much, and we will find another way to work. Communication is the key!

What should I do during the session? Clients are often more active in the Rolfing process than other forms of bodywork. The work becomes more effective as clients participate in activities I suggest, such as performing specific movements, breathing, assuming different positions or paying attention to their internal experience.

At the end of each session We will re-evaluate your structure and posture visually. I occasionally will give you homework to think about or physically perform for next session.

What should I wear?

Clients often wear underwear during sessions to enable clear observation. However, gym attire is fine, too.

How many sessions should I plan?

Typically, Rolfing is done in a series of ten sessions (called the Ten Series) to systematically release the restrictions in the connective tissue. Specific problems can sometimes be addressed in fewer sessions.