Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rolfing®??

Depending on the person asking the question, the answer can vary. People come to Rolfing for all different reasons- recovery from surgery, help healing from an injury, to improve athletic performance or integration of the physical and emotional body.

So what is it exactly? Rolfing is patient, systematic and profound work that reorganizes the fascia – a living and constantly-evolving system which organizes our entire structure – so that we may feel the most ease in our body. Rolfers do hands-on work to organize the fascia as well as movement exploration during which clients are actively engaged to help re-pattern our habitual and sometimes-limiting movements.

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Does it hurt?

This is a question Rolfers are asked almost every day of our lives. Many people have the misconception that Rolfing is painful. So, here is the short answer:

No! It does not have to be painful in order to be effective.

The long answer:

Structural Integrators can affect great change on a person’s system without causing any pain at all. The prevailing assumption that Rolfing is painful comes from a time when it actually did hurt… a lot! Over the last few decades, Structural Integrators have made leaps and bounds in understanding how this work interacts with the nervous system. Rolfing today offers a more sensitive and gentle approach. We now know that the most benefit comes from gentle, slow contact that is regulated by the client.

Sometimes, there are areas in the body that feel sore when touched. In those areas, Kate works slowly, encourages deeper breaths and stays at just the right layer of connective tissue that is ready to change. Kate sees Rolfing as a conversation between her hands and the client’s fascia. Never, at any point during the session, is she working in a way to cause pain. If your motto is “no pain no gain” then there is a chance you won’t connect with the kind of work Kate does.

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What do I wear during the session?

During each Rolfing session, the client wears underclothes so that the practitioner can make an assessment of posture, alignment and movement. The underclothes should be something the client is comfortable being seen in—underwear, gym shorts, a sports bra, a bathing suit top or bottom- just as long as the Rolfer can still see the spine and the general outline of the body. It’s best to avoid wearing tight, spandex-lycra type shorts so that contact can be made with the skin and underlying fascia.

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How is it different from massage or chiropractic?

Rolfers work directly with the connective tissue, which holds the entire structure together from top to bottom, inside to outside. Rolfing is a process that involves active participation from the client in order to repattern movements and postural habits that are causing us pain and discomfort. The intention is to systematically re-align the body so that it is free from these aches and pains in the long term. With the movement education during each session, clients are able to incorporate these changes into life outside of the Rolfing office.

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