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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.

If you’ve heard of Rolfing, you’ve probably heard two things: it hurts, and you have to do 10 sessions.  If you’re a client of mine, you already know that neither is necessarily true.  Rolfing can hurt, and you can do the 10-series, but neither are required.  I’ve talked quite a bit about pain, and how Rolfing doesn’t have to hurt, but I haven’t said much about the traditional Rolfing 10-series.  So what is this mysterious beast?  Let’s get into it.

Strangely enough, the 10-series is a set of 10 sessions, each with a specific goal.  (Weird that it’d be called the 10-series, I know.)  It’s also known as ‘the recipe’ and it was created by Ida Rolf herself, back in the 60′s.  See, Ida had this magical ability to look at a person and see where all the issues started.  She could watch someone walk, then say, okay, I’m going to start with their right shoulder, then go to their left knee, work a little on their tongue, and finish with their lower abdomen.  And the client would get up off the table and look great; their walk would be effortless.  When it came to teaching her students to see like she did, however, she ran into a bit of a problem: not everyone had this gift.  In fact, most people just couldn’t see the way she could, at least, not without several years of practice.  So, she developed the 10-series as a step-by-step way to go through the entire body.  This way, everything would get addressed and her students could be sure they hadn’t missed anything.

And what a beautiful recipe it is.  The first three sessions are called the ‘sleeve’ sessions and work with the surface, or outer layers of the body.  The next four are the ‘core’ sessions and get deep into the juicy bits.  The last three are the cleanup crew and the integration where we pick up any pieces that we missed and tie it all together.  Also, the sessions alternate between upper and lower body, so your whole being is moving forward together.

Unfortunately, the 10-series isn’t for everyone.  Don’t get me wrong; I think everyone can benefit from receiving a 10-series.  But it was designed for healthy people as a full body tune-up.  If you’re dealing with a serious leg injury, you might get frustrated when I spend 5 sessions nowhere near your legs.  It’s a very general recipe, which I do my best to tailor to each client’s needs, but if you have a major issue going on, it might be best to address that first, then go ahead with the 10-series.  Also, once you start a 10-series it’s very important to finish.  It’s a pretty big commitment and not for the faint of heart.

All in all, though, I LOVE the 10-series.  As part of my training, I’ve gone through the whole thing twice, which is not something that’s generally recommended, unless you’ve had 10 years or so in between (I had about 10 months).  I experienced huge, amazing, life-shifting changes with each journey through.  And a 10-series was my introduction to Rolfing, which obviously sold me on the whole experience.  So if your body feels good, but you want it to feel so much better, think about trying a 10-series.  I’d be happy to answer any other questions you might have about it, before you make that leap and jump into this wild ride of healing.