By Randy Shank
Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish Relaxation Massage
Why Is It Called Rolfing?
What Are the Benefits of Rolfing?
Improving your body’s alignment will positively impact all the systems in the body (immune, circulatory, nervous, & muscle). Rolfing is effective and beneficial to anyone at any age, especially those seeking to experience optimum health, body awareness, balance, mental clarity, or who experience chronic pain, have structural damage/issues, etc. Call for a free consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for this life changing event.
What Should I Wear?
Your comfort is my first priority. However I need to constantly assess where you may be restricted or misaligned, so it is important that I see your body’s responses to manipulation and changes. Generally, women wear a bikini, sports bra, or tank top and bikini bottoms or gym shorts. Men typically wear underwear or shorts.
What Are You Really Doing During a Rolfing Session?
I am working with your connective tissue (fascia) that makes up your ligaments and tendons, which wrap around all your muscles and nerves and hold your organs in place. Fascia is all over your body, and the tissues all connect to each other in some form or fashion to make a vast network.
Does Rolfing hurt?
No, it should not hurt. Communication between you and me is integral to increasing the efficacy of your sessions, and pain tends to create a counter-productive effect. There are times that a Rolfing session may be uncomfortable physically, but not painful.
How is Rolfing different?
Unless the tension and strain in the soft tissue (fascia, muscles, tendons, & ligaments) is addressed, the bones will continue to be pulled out of alignment. The Rolfing method uses gentle soft tissue techniques to treat boney restrictions that are a part of the overall body pattern and restore structural integration. The goal is to achieve balanced tension throughout the entire body, which allows the bones to fall back into their proper relationships naturally.
Rolfing enhances the efficacy of other types of therapies and modalities. Many modalities of bodywork focus on relaxing individual muscles, whereas Rolfing’s focus is on realignment and re-sculpting the entire body into a better working (and feeling) unit. Some “deep tissue” massaging works to release local patterns of structural strain, but this is not usually done as part of a strategy to balance the whole body. The goals of Rolfing require clients to be actively involved during massage sessions by performing specific movements, noticing sensations, and even getting off of the table to sit, stand, or walk.
Do the changes from Rolfing last?
Yes. Modifications to our alignment and usage patterns, such as sitting, standing, and walking, help the body maintain its new structure. The nature of Rolfing is to work with the body, not on it. This allows clients to take ownership of their body’s new structure. Since Rolfing addresses the body as a whole (posture, joint function, coordination, movement, etc.), old patterns are replaced by new, healthier, and more efficient ones which become easier and more natural for the body to maintain.
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