The Rolfing Ten-Series
A system of myofascial manipulation and movement education
Full-body, hands-on myofascial treatment to ease strain on the body.
OverviewRolfing is a system of hands-on myofascial manipulation and movement education.
BenefitRolfing aims to ease strain patterns, organize the body within gravity, and correct posture.
The fascial system is a continuous connective web that holds the body in a particular configuration.
Fascial connections allow the body to move in a predetermined way, translating movement throughout the body, allowing fluidity and continuity of motion.
Disruption in the fascia brings about compensation and adaptation, which, if left untreated, summate into pain and dysfunction.
Due to the comprehensive enveloping nature of fascia, any disruption in it’s integrity is not only experienced at the site of trauma, but also throughout the entire system through compensation and adaptation. If these are left unaddressed, they will eventually manifest as pain and dysfunction. A loop is created between the initial site of injury and the corresponding compensation. Because of this, dealing with only the affected area is not effective. In most cases, working with the fascial system as a whole is most beneficial in resolving chronic conditions. This is why Rolfers use the Ten-Series.
An Integrative Approach to Rolfing
At Integrative, Rolfing occurs within the Ten Series, a systematic ordering of sessions with the goal of balancing the body, through utilization of the principles of support, stability, and lift.
A goal of the series is to create a more biomechanically neutral structure by decreasing the compensations, thus supporting the initial site of injury. Traditionally the Rolfing Ten-Series consists of 10 sessions each lasting about 60-75 minutes, spaced 1-2 weeks apart. The work is cumulative, with each session building on the last; each session is aimed at moving closer toward a natural, more organized alignment of the body.
Depending on your concerns, your practitioner may also recommend that you work one-on-one with a Naturopathic Doctor, particularly if you have health concerns that require diagnostic assessments. Your Naturopathic Doctor may recommend testing, such as:
Applications of Rolfing
Since Rolfing addresses the entire myofascial system, many conditions can benefit from the Rolfing Ten-Series, such as:
- Chronic or long-standing structural issues
- Plantar fasciitis
- Joint replacement rehab
- Pain patterns that have not responded to conventional treatment
- Postural realignment
- Repetitive stress injuries
How It Works
How does Rolfing work?
Overview of Rolfing
Through application of deep manipulations to the myofascial system, the entire network of injury, from initial site to corresponding compensations, are addressed.
Target Area of the Body
The Ten-Series aims to create integration throughout the entire body.
Health Benefits of Rolfing
Benefits include: postural alignment, reduced spinal curvature, improved athletic performance, decreased pain and muscle tension.
Explore the 10 Sessions of Rolfing
What does your first visit look like?
Your first visit is the opportunity for you to share your health goals, and for your Rolfer to gather vital health information.
Medical and Lifestyle History
Your Rolfer will take a detailed history and discuss what you wish to achieve from your experience.
Your Rolfer will assess your standing posture, and your gait is analyzed for imbalances.
Slow, deep, myofascial manipulations tracking fascially-bound structures are applied, allowing the body to lengthen and relax.
Movement and Postural Education
Your Rolfer will again assess your standing posture and gait, noticing changes, and leading you through integration of the new sensations you've gained from the session.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What does Rolfing treat?
Since Rolfing addresses the entire myofascial system, many conditions can benefit from the Rolfing Ten-Series, such as chronic or long-standing structural issues, migraines, plantar fasciitis, scoliosis, joint replacement rehab, pain patterns that have not responded to conventional treatment, postural realignment, and repetitive stress injuries.
Am I candidate for Rolfing?
Only a practitioner trained and certified in the Rolfing method can determine whether or not you are a good candidate. Within your first visit, your practitioner will review your history and complete a structural analysis, and recommend a treatment plan.
How much does Rolfing cost?
The price of Rolfing depends on whether you are completing a single visit, or the ten series. Our Patient Care Coordinators can provide you within a quote prior to your visit.
How many Rolfing treatments are typically required?
Rolfing treatment is typically provided within a series of 10 treatments, spaced 1-2 weeks apart.
What are the side effects of Rolfing?
Due to the extensive hands-on treatment of the myofascial system within a Rolfing session, you may notice mild soreness following a treatment. Your practitioner will review all potential side effects prior to your treatment session.
Is Rolfing covered by MSP or Extended Health Plans?
Since Rolfing occurs during a visit with a Registered Massage Therapist, your visit will be billed as an RMT visit. If you qualify for Premium Assistance through MSP, you may qualify for a small percentage of your visit cost to be covered by MSP. Most Extended Health plans do have coverage that can be applied to visits with an RMT; however, most plans have a limit to their coverage per year. We recommend contacting your insurance provider directly prior to your visit to determine your coverage.
What are the differences between massage therapy and rolfing?
Rolfing evaluation and treatment has a holistic approach. The adaptations and compensations that occur as a result of injury or overuse could be either the original cause or the result of the pain and dysfunction. The continuity of fasciae and it’s far reaching or distal influence from the foci of immobility could make treatment and strategy for a massage therapist difficult. A Rolfing Practitioner employing the principles of structural integration allow the fascial reorganization to provide support, stability and lift allowing the site of injury to heal and maintain a more biomechanical efficient state.
Do I need to see a Naturopathic Doctor in order to receive Rolfing treatment?
No, Rolfing treatment is provided by Steve Inaba, our Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Advanced Rolfer.