Rolfing Structural Integration is a manual therapy system designed to realign structure and function in the body. By working with the nervous system, fascia, and movement patterns within the body Rolfing reorganizes our relationship with gravity. Utilizing client participation, tissue manipulation, and movement reeducation Rolfing frequently evokes long-term changes in movement patterns and pain frequency.
By helping the body reorient to gravity Rolfing can help people from all walks of life. Whether a person is in chronic pain, wants to realign their posture, or find more mobility, Rolfing has been frequently reported to create change in a diverse array of individuals, both physically and mentally. By looking at a variety of factors such as how people walk or stand, Rolfing works with clients to ease pain, increase range of motion, and find more efficient ways to move through their daily lives.
While Rolfing can be performed in a ten-series format, we don’t require a commitment to a set number of sessions at Be Well. Receiving one session, or two to three sessions to target a specific issue, such as a shoulder dysfunction, is a great way experience the benefits and achieve great results.
Cole’s style of work is primarily client-focused. For those interested in posture and alignment, this can be a central theme of the session, or, if not, Rolfing can also help with general relaxation or it can be focused on a particular issue, like an injured or tense neck.
The sessions also tend to require more awareness than a typical massage session. Cole may call for movements, or actively ask you to engage with your breath or other bodily sensations. By creating mental awareness of physical changes, the work becomes more effective.
What is a typical session like?
In the initial session, Cole assesses the client’s posture and movement patterns, then works with the areas of focus using techniques similar to what you may have experienced with deep tissue massage. No lotion is used, and in this way the deep fascial layers can be more easily accessed. While the work is deep, it’s not necessarily painful as the description suggests.
What should I wear?
Rolfing requires more active movement than massage. Wearing clothing that one feels comfortable being seen in while also having skin accessible is best. For example, running shorts for men, sports bra/shorts for women is common. However we want to emphasize that any clothing you’re comfortable in is acceptable.
Does Rolfing hurt?
Cole works with the client to determine how much pressure is best applied. Rolfing works from superficial to deep-tissue, in this way although the work is deep, it is generally not painful.
What if I want only one session?
Great! Come in for one session and see how you like the work. There’s no need to commit to any number of sessions to start being Rolfed. Like deep tissue massage, it may take a number of sessions to fully address a specific issue, but this will be discussed between the client and therapist.
Can Rolfing address a specific issue?
Yes. While Rolfing is traditionally thought of as a whole body treatment, one specific issue can be addressed in either a single session, or similarly to deep tissue massage, over a series of sessions.
To find out more about Cole, please click here: Cole’s Bio