What To Expect
In the first visit, after taking a medical history and discussing any questions or concerns you may have, I will do a quick visual assessment of your structure, from the front, back, and both sides. Then we will get to work.
On follow-up appointments I ask for feedback about effects from the previous sessions. Further history may be discussed. I repeat my visual assessment of your structure, looking for changes and transitions.
Sometimes Rolfing movement education will be taught toward the end of the session. Verbal movement cues are offered and coordination exercises are taught to further anchor the Rolf changes into the movement brain.
I encourage questions and/or comments during each session.
Length Of Sessions
Rolf sessions typically last about an hour. However, clinical needs trump hourly schedules. Sessions can run over an hour, if needed, to stabilize the neurological and energetic processing elicited by the bodywork. Sometimes sessions are shorter than an hour if further work will only exceed capacity to process change that day and not lead to stable positive change.
What To Wear
The more of your structure a Rolfer sees, the better the clinical Rolfing decisions. Bearing this in mind, please wear what is psychologically comfortable for you. Most men wear underwear or shorts. Most women wear shorts and an exercise top.
Does It Hurt?
Rolfing was too aggressive in its early days.
Good Rolfing is not aggressive and is respectful to both the body and the whole person, based on a profound faith in the body's ability to bring itself back into balance as it receives proper support and instruction. Nothing has to be forced ever.
The comfort of any particular Rolfing intervention depends upon a dialogue between the client and the Rolf practitioner. Each Rolfing experience deepens understanding of Rolfing and clients deepen their personal exploration over time at their own rate.
Different people have different sensation thresholds; some people are able to tolerate more intense sensation than others. Furthermore, what any given individual is open to experiencing may change from day-to-day. Rolfing is about the growth one can comfortably assimilate today and is never a competition.
You are in charge.
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