Does it hurt?

Rolfing® SI should not be painful. The work has evolved since it was first developed and delivered, but unfortunately the reputation of being painful has not evolved with it. There may be some discomfort as things shift and “let go”, but it should feel like a welcome, needed change, not something that is being forced upon you.

What does a typical session look like?

After a brief discussion about your current condition, we’ll do a structural and movement analysis. The hands-on work will be done on a massage table or seated. The entire session lasts between 60-75 minutes.

What should I wear to a session?

Clients are typically in their underwear for the session. Running shorts and a sports bra are also an option if that is more in line with your comfort level.

What’s with the funny name?

Rolfing® SI is named after its founder, Dr. Ida Rolf. She originally called the work structural integration as it was based on her observation that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity. As the work took hold, it became known as Rolfing® Structural Integration and it now uniquely identifies this brand of structural integration from other modalities.

Is Rolfing SI the same as massage?

No. Massage has many benefits, including increased circulation, decreased stress, released restrictions and it can feel great. The goal of Rolfing is to realign and reorganize the structure of the body so that it is in balance with gravity and movement can be easier and more fluid. In working towards this goal, clients will receive many of the same benefits as massage, as well as improved range of motion, enhanced breath and vitality and a general sense of ease.

How many sessions do I need?

The Rolfing Series is usually delivered over 10-11 sessions. After the initial series, it is common to come in for periodic “tune-ups” or a three–series as things come up.

If you have never had Rolfing work before, I highly recommend a complete ten-series.

If you want to try it out before committing to the whole ten session series, I would recommend trying three sessions.

Do you work with children?

Yes, Rolfing SI can be very beneficial for children. Their bodies adapt very quickly to the work and it can help correct postural problems as they occur. Sessions for children are typically much shorter. I will work within the child’s and the parent’s comfort level. My own children have received Rolfing work as young as six months old.

Do you bill insurance?

I do not bill insurance, but I can provide a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company or FSA account for reimbursement.

What form of payment do you accept?

Cash, check, Venmo, MasterCard and Visa. I can also accept FSA and HSA cards.

If you don’t see your question answered here or if you would like additional information, please call me, 541.350.8160 or fill out the contact form.


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