HOW DOES ROLFING WORK? From a Rolfing perspective, strain in the fascia causes misalignment, pain, and lack of ease in the body. This is because as the body compensates around a strain in the fascia, this in turn creates additional strains that require further compensation patterns. In this way a small local injury can significantly impact the whole body. At this point it is not enough to simply treat the original local strain in isolation. Instead Rolfing Structural Integration works to systematically unwind the strain patterns in the fascia and bring them back into balance. When the fascial restrictions in the whole body are re-balanced the result is a more resilient, integrated and vital human experience. The side effect of this is often resolution of the compensation patterns, local injury and pain.
IS ROLFING PAINFUL? Rolfing is a hands on technique which can be very direct at times. It is however important that the client is able to remain comfortable and present with this process. In this way the intensity of the work is dependent on the clients response. This allows the work to travel deeper and be better integrated by the client.
FEES AND PAYMENT Rolfing Structural Integration Session $120 (Includes tax). Credit Card, Cash and Cheque are accepted
. Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time to avoid $50 cancellation fee.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SESSION Rolfing Structural Integration Sessions are 75 minutes. The beginning of each session involves observing the body both still and in motion to assess what areas need to be addressed and how to approach the work of that session. Sessions include both table work and seated work.
WHAT TO WEAR In order to best observe the body and to work with the fascia, sessions are typically done in undergarments (i.e. boxers for men and bra and underwear for women). If for any reason you are not comfortable with this, please wear whatever makes you comfortable during the session.
ABOUT IDA P. ROLF Driven to find solutions to her own health problems as well as those of her two sons, she spent many years studying and experimenting with different systems of healing and manipulation. Throughout most of her life she was intrigued with and explored many forms of alternative healing including homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and yoga. The notion that proper alignment, physiologic function and anatomical structure are related is the basis of many of these healing methods. Dr. Rolf posed this fundamental question: “What conditions must be fulfilled in order for the human body-structure to be organized and integrated in gravity so that the whole person can function in the most optimal and economical way?” This investigation led to a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education designed to organize the whole body in gravity. She discovered that she could achieve remarkable changes in posture and structure by manipulating the body’s myofascial system. Dr. Rolf eventually named this system Structural Integration and later it was nicknamed “Rolfing.”
WHAT IS THE TEN-SERIES ALL ABOUT? Ida P. Rolf created the Ten-Series as a way to describe an efficient sequence for restructuring the human body. It is the fundamental framework from which Rolfing Structural Integration works to re-establish structural integrity in the body. The Ten-Series is like an inventory or fascial map of the whole body and initiates an organizing process that continues long after the work has been completed. There are three main components to the Ten-Series Sequence: The first three sessions focus primarily on the surface aspect of the body, and work with the fascia and related anatomy that is nearer to the surface of the skin (called superficial fascia). The following four sessions of the Ten-Series focus on the core aspect of the body and work on the deeper layers of fascia that relate to the organ structures and follow the mid-line of the body. The final three sessions focus on integrating the work and bringing all of the key relational segments of the body into balance. In the final integration session the surface and deep layers of fascia are specifically balanced together.
DO I NEED TO DO THE ENTIRE TEN-SERIES? The process of balancing and reorganizing the fascia typically occurs over ten sessions (known as the Ten-Series). Balance is established firstly in the more superficial fascia layers nearer the skin and as the work continues balance is established in the deep fascia layers nearer the bone and throughout the whole fascial web. It is not necessary to complete the Ten-Series in order to benefit from Rolfing although it will take the work to a deeper level. Rolfing sessions are individually structured around the available time and financial constraints of the client in order to maximize the benefit of the work.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TEN-SERIES? The Ten-Series maps the fascia of the whole body and initiates an organizing process that continues long after the work has been completed. After finishing the Ten-Series it is recommended to take a break from Rolfing for a while in order to allow for further integration. The previous gains made can be further deepened in the future with additional Rolfing as the fascia of the entire body is now much more receptive and adaptable. In this way it becomes much easier to continue to encourage the body to higher levels of integration.
READY TO BOOK A SESSION? Purchase a Ten-Series, Three-Series or book an individual session.