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1. Where are you located? Why? Because if you have to spend 90 minutes getting to your 90 minute appointments, you’re less likely to go. Just like a gym membership, Rolfing is more effective the more often you utilize it. While I know one person who took the bus 3 hours each way to his Rolfing appointments and went through the entire 10-series, most of us just aren’t that dedicated.

My A: My main office is at 662 Grant, on the second floor, in Denver, CO. I have a secondary office at 489 US. Hwy 287, inside the Baseline Chiropractic office in Lafayette, CO. I occasionally visit Chicago and when I do, I practice out of the Relaxation Station at 10655 S. Hale.

2. How much do you charge? Why? Because if you can’t afford it, there’s no reason asking any other questions. The average price range for Rolfing sessions varies widely by location, from $100 to $400. Again, Rolfing is more effective with more sessions, so plan for at least 3 visits. Rolfing is almost never covered by insurance.

My A: My fee is $120 per session. Children 10 and under are free. I don’t bill insurance companies, but am happy to provide treatment notes and receipts if this is an avenue you’d like to pursue.

3. What forms of payment do you take? Why? Because most Rolfers only accept cash and checks. You don’t want to show up with plastic and feel sheepish.

My A: I accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

4. What is your style of working? Why? To know who’s a great or terrible fit for you and your body. You can learn a lot about a Rolfer by asking this question. -A “traditional” or “old school” Rolfer will tend to be very rough. Ida Rolf was not gentle, nor were the Rolfers who trained with her. This may be a good fit if you like super deep pressure, or are a masochist. -Someone who blends massage and Rolfing may used fascial release techniques in a traditional massage. This may be a good fit if you enjoy massage, but want a taste of Rolfing as well. -A movement practitioner is someone who’s completed an extra training to become movement certified. Movement work can be very powerful, but requires a lot of participation and involvement from the client. Not for those who are planning to sleep through their sessions. -Cranial-sacral work is very subtle, using very light pressure but with huge potential for change. Perfect for those afraid of “old school” Rolfing and awful for those who want an elbow in their quads.

My A: I use a broad spectrum of touch to get the maximum change with the minimum discomfort. While moments may be intense, most people find my work to be relaxing and enjoyable. I combine SourcePoint Therapy and Rolfing in a customized blend to fit your body and your needs. If you don’t want any energy work, or any hands-on work, I’m probably not the right fit for you as I have a hard time eliminating either completely. Oh, and you get to keep your clothes on during your session.

5. Do I need to do the 10-series? Why? Whether or not you want to receive the 10-series, you should know what your Rolfer has planned for you before you walk in the door.

My A: No; how many sessions you do is up to you. I do offer the traditional Rolfing 10­series if that’s the route you’d like to pursue, but it’s not expected. I’m happy to do targeted, customized sessions instead of following ‘the recipe.’

6. Where did you do your training? Why? Because Rolfers who trained in Brazil will have more of a movement emphasis in their work than people trained in the US or Germany. People who trained at the Guild for Structural Integration will be more traditional than people trained at the Rolf Institute®. Hellerworkers tend to integrate more talk therapy into their Structural Integration sessions. Neither Guild practitioners nor Hellerwork practitioners are considered “Rolfers” but are Structural Integrators.

My A: I trained at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO and have done all my continuing education there as well, except for one class in Santa Fe, NM.

7. How long have you been in practice? Why? This one’s a catch-22. Rolfers who have been in practice a long time obviously have more experience, which is a good thing. But there’s been a lot of research and new technique development in the 40 years that Rolfing’s been around. A Rolfer who hasn’t stayed on top of their continuing education may be working in an outdated way. Then again, a newer Rolfer may not have the experience needed to handle extremely complicated issues. And some people are just ‘naturals’ at Rolfing, whether they’re new or old. So it’s kind of a toss up, but it’s still good to know.

My A: I’m in my second year of practice.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Theresa- I had a 10 session back in the 80′s with a fellow named Bill in Philadelphia ( the only other thing I remember is he had a lovely piano!). I am looking into other modalities for my well-being and thought of Rolfing – I just saw my surgeon and he wants to perform fusion on my neck – I have 3 trouble areas in my cervical spine and I want to avoid the inevitable ( in his opinion I am past the point of having injections, stem cell therapy or disc replacement therapy).
    I really felt great after my 10 sessions with Bill. Is there a tailored program someone in my area may be willing to do for me? I guess I am asking if you know of any other Rolfers that do this besides yourself.
    I am and have been in great pain for years and I just want some help – I am rather upset and depressed after that diagnosis. I am also really tired a lot and don’t want to keep relying on Vicodin. Thanks, Theresa

    Namaste,

    Thom Harmand
    Cherry Hill, NJ

    • Hey Thom,
      I’m so sorry to hear you’re in pain. Relying on Vicodin is no fun, and not really a long-term solution. I personally don’t know of any Rolfers in New Jersey (but that’s not saying much. I only know a handful of Rolfers and they’re scattered all over the world). But if you can find a Rolfer, I’m guessing they would be willing to work with you to create a tailored program to try and address your issues as quickly as possible. There are plenty of Rolfers who work outside the bounds of the 10-series and a simple phone call or email should be able to answer this question. If you CAN’T find a Rolfer in your area willing to do this, you might also try looking for Structural Integrators or Hellerworkers. All of us are trained in Dr. Ida Rolf’s lineage. Again, I’m so sorry you’re suffering and I hope you can find relief soon.

      Take care,
      Theresa

  2. Hi Theresa,
    Thank you for your candid FAQ’s. A friend suggested Rolfing to me today. I had a partial knee replacement in November 2016. I had terrible complications with an entrapped saphenous nerve. It is still quite uncomfortable at times. There is scar tissue that catches on the nerve sporadically.
    More recently, I have developed issues on the opposite foot with a bone spur and plantar fasciitis. I’ve had 2 cortisone shots and the doctor said we may be looking at surgery if it doesn’t improve.
    Given that I have multiple issues, would Rolfing be something that might help?
    I am located in Northern VA.

    • I’ll admit that I’m biased, but I absolutely think Rolfing is something that could help. Rolfing is great for multiple issues because it’s looking at your whole body and how things are interconnected. What we often think of as multiple issues is usually multiple symptoms of one main issue (misalignment). I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling. I’d definitely check out Rolfing before surgery, if you can. Best of luck to you!


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