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What is Rolfing Structural Integration?
What does Structural Integration feel like?
What should I wear?
Can children receive Rolfing?
How often are the sessions?
Can Rolfing help my headache, back pain or other …?


What is Rolfing Structural Integration?
Rolfing is a profound holistic system of body therapy, distinct from other forms of bodywork in both its style and approach to working with the body, and ultimately in its results for the client. More than a set of techniques, Rolfing is an experience - the discovery of your own more spacious body. It's bodywork you take with you - for a lifetime - so you can feel better on an on-going basis, not just while you’re receiving it. Oh, and yes, Rolfing actually has been known to feel good!

How is Structural Integration different from Chiropractic and massage?
Chiropractic therapy tends to focus on bone alignment and individual joints. Rolfing, on the other hand, involves slower sustained pressures and addresses the entire bed of soft tissue in which the bones are embedded. The goal is to achieve balanced tension that allows the bones to fall back into their proper relationships naturally.

The goals of most types of massage focuses on relaxing individual muscles whereas Rolfing looks to realign and re-sculpt the entire body into a better working (and feeling) unit. The goals of Rolfing require clients to be actively involved during sessions by performing specific movements, noticing sensations, and often getting off the table to sit, stand, or walk.

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What does Structural Integration feel like?
Rolfing sessions evoke many different sensations: Stretching, Warmth, Release, and Pressure. Though we often work with deep structures in the body, these areas are often best accessed through gentleness and patience. At times, the level of sensation during a session can be intense, but you are in charge of how intense. Change can be more fully integrated when you can breathe freely and allow restrictions to let go without tensing or bracing against pain.

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What should I wear?
Rolfers need to see your structure before, during, and after the session. Therefore most clients, both men and women, go through the sessions in their regular underwear. However, your sense of safety and comfort is of utmost importance so gym shorts and sports bras ( or a two-piece swimsuit ) are also fine (the less area of the back the sports bra takes up, the better). Once you are on the table, you will be covered with a sheet or a blanket.

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Can children receive Rolfing?
Absolutely! In addition to correcting structural patterns, Rolfing can serve as a preventative measure to reverse potentially problematic patterns in the young. One of the things children learn from watching us is how we carry ourselves and they will naturally imitate their parent's language, movement and other modes of expression. From colicky newborns to rebellious teenagers, children will usually benefit from Rolfing. Some of the childhood structural patterns that respond well to Rolfing are scoliosis, pigeon toes, knocked-knees, rounded legs, poor posture, and even general adolescent growing pains. Work with children is always gentle and comfortable and rarely requires the time that adult bodies do.

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How often are the sessions?
The sessions (+/- 70 to 90 minutes per session) are usually scheduled once per week. There are exceptions that can be made to this on a case-by-case basis.

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Can Rolfing help my headache, back pain or other …?
Yes, as long as the pain is coming from a fascial imbalance. There are many positive benefits Rolfing has to offer and sometimes the pain you are having may disappear. It is important that you are the one determining that it is worth continuing.

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