Frequently Asked Questions
Is it painful?
Rolfing® has the reputation for being painful and heavy handed, but over the years, it has evolved into a gentler and more precise method. Most clients find Rolfing to be deep, slow and satisfying, as together we find a way to work that is respectful of your level of comfort.
What do I wear?
Underwear, gym shorts, a regular or sports bra, a bathing suit top or bottom. Please refrain from wearing oils and lotions to the session, as they make it difficult to “hook” into the fascia.
How is it different from myofascial release, massage and chiropractic?
Rolfing offers an understanding of the global organization and functioning of the whole body in gravity, vs. releasing various body parts, symptom by symptom. Rolfers work with the connective tissue system, which holds your entire body together, in an integrative process. Clients are asked to participate with their awareness, as well as through gentle movements, in order to re-pattern certain habits of posture that may have unknowingly caused discomfort and pain in the past. Each session incorporates some movement education as to bring awareness to everyday habits.
What is connective tissue or fascia?
Fascia is a tough but elastic form of connective tissue found everywhere in the body. Every muscle fiber is covered with fascia, and these fibers are bundled together by fascia. The interconnected relationship of fasciae and muscles is called the myofascial system. Since fascia is the tissue that connects and separates every aspect of the body, it is the tissue of relationship. Every structure of your body is where it is and, in part, shaped and functioning the way it is because of the fascia that surrounds and penetrates it.