The structure of a Rolfing session:
Your Rolfer will begin your first session by asking about past and current injuries, surgeries, pain, and other aspects of your body’s history, as well as your goals for treatment. The conversation will continue throughout the series. After the initial discussion, you will dress in your Rolfing attire (i.e. workout shorts/top). The Rolfer will assess your movement -- standing, breathing, and walking. You will be encouraged to “see yourself” to develop your own sense of what is happening in your body.
Most of the work itself is hands-on, with the client lying on a padded Rolfing table. The quality of touch is quite different from from massage: instead of using oil and sliding over the skin, Rolfing aims for solid contact with the skin in order to to stimulate and release the fascia and layers of connective tissue. At times you will be asked to make slight functional movements to assist the process. You will also periodically sit up, stand, and walk, in order to see and feel the changes in your body, solidify coordination, and improve proprioception.
At the end of each session, you will sit on a Rolfing bench for finishing work to help your body integrate the work and transition into gravity. Finally, you will stand up and walk to complete your transition from the session into daily life, with a new sense of being supported by gravity rather than fighting against it.
As you progress through the ten series, your Rolfer will monitor the improvement in your posture and movement, and offer observations and movement cues as well as hands-on adjustments to repattern old habits. Over the course of the series, these changes will become second nature. You will both see and feel the results: better posture, strength and coordination, ease and grace of movement, and mitigation of chronic pain. Rolfing does not require endless outlay of time and money: once you are finished with the ten series you will be at your best, ready to go out into the world and enjoy!