What is Rolf Structural Integration?
Rolf Structural Integration is a form of hands-on bodywork that strives to align the body with gravity. Commonly reported effects are increased function, decreased pain, more resiliency, and a sense of ease in the body. Please see the About Rolfing SI page for more detailed information.
What is Sophisticated Bodywork?
Sophisticated Bodywork takes into account the unique needs and goals of you, the client. While the most profound and long-lasting changes are often obtained through the Rolfing SI 10-series, it is not always the best choice for every person at any given moment in time. Sometimes a quick fix to a localized issue is more appropriate. Another example would be an occasional maintenance session to keep an athlete performing at her best. Sophisticated Bodywork accommodates the varying needs of my clients, and incorporates the appropriate techniques combined with the holistic, body-wide approach of Rolfing SI in every session.
How is Rolf Structural Integration different from massage?
Rolf SI is a unique approach to the body and views the body as an integrated whole. Each session strives to improve the overall balance of the whole body. Because of this holistic approach, changes are often profound and long-lasting, and the cumulative effect of a series of sessions very often exceeds the sum effects of the individual sessions.
Massage, whether it is deep-tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, etc, works locally to ease tight muscles, improve circulation, and provide pain relief or relaxation. While most of the body may receive work during a massage, the emphasis is not on integrating the body’s structure as a whole.
Is Rolfing SI painful?
Rolfing SI feels relaxing, enlivening, and settling. Some clients come to my office with an expectation of “no pain, no gain.” This is not necessarily the case. While some sessions may invoke short periods of intense sensation (for example, breaking up scar tissue) the most effective bodywork is achieved with the client relaxed and receptive. Pain or too much intensity is usually counter-productive to the goals of the session.
I’m not sure if I need Rolfing, but I have a hurt knee/neck/back (etc.). Can you help me?
I have worked successfully with a wide variety of conditions and injuries, both within and outside of the Rolfing 10-series. The power of the Sophisticated Bodywork approach is that I apply the appropriate techniques for the specific issue at hand, while being mindful of the holistic principles of Rolfing SI, and the budgetary and time constraints of the client. I encourage you to call or email if you have further questions or concerns.
How many sessions will it take to address my injury/pain?
In most cases, I recommend beginning with a 3-session series. This gives us a chance to thoroughly understand the nature of the issue and to fully integrate the changes into the body. It also gives us enough time to see how it responds to the work and alter the course of treatment as necessary. Sometimes injuries are more complex and require additional sessions to fully address them. We will be in continual communication about the progress we are making and refine our goals as necessary.
How long before or after a major sports event should I schedule a session?
That depends. Tune-ups and sports massages before and after an event should be scheduled 24-48 hours from the date of the event. This ensures that muscle soreness does not negatively affect your performance during the event, and maximizes your comfort after it. If there are any issues that need tending to before an event, try to leave at least 48 hours between your session and the event, so that your body has time to integrate the changes.
What should I wear to a session?
Most of my sessions combine work performed with the client lying on the table, seated, and walking or moving about. For maximum effectiveness and comfort, I recommend running shorts or swim trunks and for women, a sports bra.