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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.

I get this question all the time.  And the thing is, it depends on you.  That’s the beauty of this whole Rolfing thing; it’s customized to you, special one.

First, listen to your body.  Your bod’s been taking care of you as best it can for as long as you’ve been alive.  So pay attention to what it has to say.  If you’re feeling off balance, ungrounded, or just a little wonky, it’s probably time for a tune up.  If you’re in pain, your body is sending you a very clear signal that it needs something.  Maybe a glass of water and a snack is in order, maybe a trip to your local ER, or maybe a trip to your favorite Rolfer’s office.  If you really listen to your body, I bet you’ll know what to do.

When in doubt, ask for advice.  If you’re still not sure, give me a call and ask what I think.  I’m not going to tell you to get Rolfed if I don’t think it will help.  Promise.

Are there general guidelines?
Don’t get too much bodywork at once.  I rarely recommend more than one Rolfing session per week.  Don’t try to be an overachiever and get a session every other day; you’ll probably do more damage than good.  This goes for other types of bodywork as well.  If you’re doing physical therapy twice a week, a massage once a week, and three chiropractic adjustments each week, along with acupuncture and Rolfing, it’s hard to tell what’s working and what’s not.  Also, your body never has time to integrate what’s going on and won’t be able to send you clear signals about what it needs next.

Don’t expect a big issue to be resolved in one session.  If you’ve had scoliosis for 20 years and haven’t done anything about it, don’t expect to be pain free after your first Rolfing session.  Big stuff like herniated discs, reconstructive surgery, and major car accidents generally take five to ten sessions to resolve while a strained psoas may only take one or two.  Have realistic expectations and make the commitment to your health and well being.

Maintenance is just as good for your body as it is for your car.  Life happens and it affects your body, like it or not.  For someone training for a marathon or pregnant, maintenance sessions should be every two to four weeks.  I like to get a session ever six weeks or so, and I’ve got a pretty physical job.  Some people are on the “call me when it hurts” maintenance plan and that’s fine.  Just keep in mind that maintenance is what happens AFTER we’ve gotten to a place of balance and ease; not what happens immediately after that skiing accident.