People of all ages come to Rolfing® for:
- Help with neck pain, back problems
- Help with impaired mobility and other difficulties which originate with internal strains
- Improvement in their appearance, to look taller, slimmer, younger
- To improve posture
- To improve athletic performance
- To enhance personal growth toward a fuller realization of their potential
Rolfing can do these things because it can alter the patterns of stress in the body, the way the body is held upright and performs actions. By working to optimize these forces Rolfing can get to the source of pain and inefficient use of the body.
Rolfing is usually given in a series of ten sessions. Each one has specific goals and builds on the previous sessions. The goal is to organize the parts of the body into an integrated whole, that can function with maximum ease in gravity. A session is 1 -11/2 hrs long. Rolfers use a wide range of touch, from very light to very deep. There may be momentary discomfort, but the client is always in control of how much they wish to experience, and the Rolfer seeks to be in communication with the client. The pace of Rolfing is slow to allow the client to integrate the changes that occur.
The actual contact work of Rolfing is done with the client lying on a cushioned table or seated on a stool. Some work may also be done with the client standing or moving. Some people like to have pictures taken before and after their Rolfing series to document the changes they experience.
After the initial 10 series the body continues on its own to integrate itself into the more aligned structure. Further sessions can be had for general maintenance, for work on specific problems, or to continue to reach a higher level of function, integration, and general well being. Some conditions benefit from regular sessions to minimize pain and/ or to keep functioning at a higher level.
Jim Gates - Certified Advanced Rolfer™
My goal for you is for your body to support your freedom, your well-being, and your joy.