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The Rolfing Method

You’re probably here because you have been experiencing some sort of physical discomfort for awhile and have come to discover Rolfing Structural Integration through a friend or some random Google searches and it’s piqued your interest.

You’re wondering how it might help you. Or if it works.

How It Works

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You tell me the whole pain story and I listen to it empathically.

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You feel listened to heard, seen as a human being full of capability, hope, and wellbeing, and thoroughly enjoy the attention from a stranger.

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You tell me if pain is disabling you in any way and indicate what you’d like to be able to do again.

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I therapeutically touch your body and you listen to your body on the inside and all its sensations in reaction to my touch.

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You dive within and let nature and your body’s way of healing itself take over.

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Your renewed comfort, freer movement, and relaxation will change your attitudes and beliefs about your pain and alter its fear-mongering ways in how you cope with it.

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We collaborate on which movement and lifestyle changes work for you in order to keep control of your symptoms over time.

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Towards the end of our process together, I kick you out of the nest and we keep in touch to see how you are dealing with your ailments on your own.

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You come in for occasional sessions as ‘tune-up sessions’ to ‘tune-in again.’

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Rolfing Structural Integration painful?

It doesn’t have to be. I’m here to deliver a pleasant experience and that might mean very deep pressure for some and lighter for others.

And it doesn’t have to hurt in order to be effective.

You’ll notice that some parts of the body are more sensitive than others on any given moment, any given day. We can always adjust the pressure.

Can it fix bad posture?

Yes and no.

If you have some tendencies towards living in the same position habitually, I can help you relieve associated tension and tone and so that way you feel more relaxed in your body and the postural tension(s) dissipates.

No, because I don’t like to lie to clients and base my approach on hard science. No amount of pressure a human being can produce can alter the properties of another’s structure.

So NO, I cannot physically change the appearance of your bony structure but we can ease persistent tension in the body thereby feeling a natural comfort in your posture. It’s like living in your home with a renewed comfort.

How is this different than massage?

I’m not so sure it’s that different. Both fields are utilizing hands-on treatment to make you feel better.

Stereotypically speaking, Rolfing practitioners tend to use slower, more attentive touch which is more conducive to soothing the system.

Whether or not it’s more effective depends on your beliefs on what’s more effective. If you believe ‘the deeper, the better,’ then I’ll meet your expectations here.

Some folks run for the hills when they experience heavy-handed touch. I’ll adjust accordingly.

I use a spectrum of touch – from listening and waiting for relief to happen to a more willful and stronger intense touch. I’ll meet you in the middle and you’re in control of the depth and quality of the hands-on work.

Do I have to work with you in my underwear?

Not at all! You wear whatever you’re comfortable in but I highly recommend loose, casual clothing where I can easily touch the body.

I do ask that you do not wear any lotion or oils the day of your session(s).

Bring hair elastics with you to tie your hair up. If you forget, I've got you covered.

Do you fix issues?

No! You do!

This isn’t a quick fix. No therapy fixes things for you.

You are part of this equation. Your actions matter and how actively involved you are plays a huge part in successful outcomes.

Imagine that your pain/discomfort/tension problem went away in just one session after working together. As much as I’d like to take the credit, it is YOU who had the agency towards solving this issue.

The comforting touch, attention to your words and story, soothing environment, and the novel sensations you feel all tip the scales towards feeling balance, harmony, and wellness in your system.

Your natural healing abilities is what should be celebrated!

How long do results last?

As long as you take the time to take care of yourself by moving, decompressing, living, loving, being and doing, the results should last as long as you’d like.

How often should I come in?

Whether you come in for 5 -- 10 sessions, I highly recommend weekly or biweekly sessions. Of course, other life factors influence your routine, so you can come in at your own convenient frequency, too.

Do you do myofascial release?

Ooh this is a head scratcher. I’ve learned along the way that I and other health professionals do not treat anatomy. We treat the person. Besides, it’s hard to differentiate what type of tissue we are working on. What matters is that it feels good and you’re feeling calm, pleasure, and an inward focus.

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately, no. It is not covered in the state of NY. However, I do accept HSA, FSA cards offered by employers which are tax-deductible.

Do you do movement and exercise rehab?

Yes! In fact, I prefer to collaborate with clients to see which movements they like to do and create a program/strategy so they can manage their symptoms on their own.

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