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What happens in a Rolfing session?

Your Rolfing session will begin with a brief conversation about your physical health and goal for hiring a Rolfer. . Then you'll lay on your back on my massage table, wearing comfortable clothing like yoga pants/tshirt. Your body will be supported by bolsters/pillows/blankets as you need. Non-verbal communication guides the session, my touch is gentle and effective. My touch feels light because I work with your nervous system, at your body's natural pace and order to evoke your inner health. When the body has had enough input, usually within 45 minutes, you'll be guided to move gently with gravity to turn to your side, then sit up, then eventually stand up. People usually notice something has changed at this point in the session. My clients typically stand up with simultaneous natural smile and big breath. They feel better. Then it's time to work with your awareness in gravity - where you put your feet, how you carry your head and organize everything in between. Or maybe your movement could use refinement so I'll offer a cue or tip for you to use while you are walking, like push the floor with your toes. With you standing, I will touch again, like when you were on the table, to use your upright position to fully integrate the work so far. You'll be invited to move to give your system an opportunity to experience different movement. This is your opportunity to increase your awareness - of breath, of movement, of You. The session is complete when you are 'on your line' so to say. You'll feel easier, roomier, grounded and able. This is the reward from your happy body!

After your session, take 48 hours to walk, move, stretch your whole body. I recommend clients avoid activities that compress the body, like running and weight-lifting during the 48 hour integration period. For most people, two days after the session is when they notice results from Rolfing. Ideally, people come in on a regular basis, every 1 to 3 weeks is typical.

How many sessions will I need? Do you do the Ten Series?

I use the principles of Rolfing in every session with every client. I do not offer traditional Rolfing "Ten Series". I work with the needs of the client individually. People with a significant impact history, from sports, accidents, intense work environments typically need many sessions, with each session bringing relief and new skills for ongoing self-care. Many people need only a few sessions to meet their goals.  The client hires Cleveland Rolfing when the client is ready for another bodywork / experiential education session.   My commitment to continuing education allows me to work efficiently with the Principles of Rolfing in every session. This ensures that our work together is both effective, and efficient.  Regular sessions (1-4x/month) over a period of time is the most efficient commitment a person can make to Rolfing for maximum benefit. Rolf Movement sessions can also increase a person's momentum towards sustainable health. 

The "Ten Series" was intended to be a teaching tool, not a practice tool. Many good Rolfers use the Ten Series, and it is loved by clients worldwide. Every Rolfer uses the Principles of Rolfing to guide every session; Rolfing is NOT defined by technique. Each Rolfer works with the Principles and their unique body to meet the goals of the session and the client. If you go to YouTube to 'learn' about Rolfing, you won't see examples of my unique approach. 

Rolfing hurts, right? Why is it so painful?

Actually, if you’ve hired a skilled and well-educated Rolfer, you will feel NO pain during your session. You will feel sensation, which is different than pain! Common experiences include feeling fluid flow, feeling temperature changes, feeling tingling and other hard-to-describe sensations. My clients usually get very relaxed on my table, which is a much bigger cue. Feeling relaxed while Leah works is an important cue from your body that the work is well-matched and is doing something useful. My clients notice improvement when they stand up, and the session continues in standing, with manual therapy and movement education.

If you have been Rolfed and experienced pain, bruises and other un-helpful outcomes, hire a better Rolfer! Effective Rolf practitioners are able to bring ease to the client’s system without pain. It fails logic to argue that people in pain require more pain to heal. Pain is a request from the body, asking for your attention. My job is to solve the source of your pain through connective tissue. You will experience sensation. They may be intense sensation, but no one on my table feels what people describe as 'pain'. My clients are asked during the session what they are experiencing, if it is 'too much', etc. Your job is to tend to your body, my job is to help you using practical tips, cues, and tissue work so that you and your body get along better every single day. I can't cure future pain, it is my job to teach you ways to respond successfully to sensation/pain so that you can more fully participate in your own health. 

Is Rolfing covered by insurance?

Health Savings and Flex Spending accounts typically cover Rolf Structural Integration sessions.  You are welcome to book online and use your HSA/FSA card to pay for your session when you arrive for your visit.

To learn if your health plan covers Rolfing, contact your plan administrator and ask about benefits related to treatment code 97112: Neuro-muscular Re- Education.

If you are told you need a ‘diagnostic code’, contact your physician for a prescription.

Cleveland Rolfing does NOT provide diagnostic codes of any kind.

Do you work with families?

Yes! Family work is handled case by case. Schedule a 15 minute zoom to start the conversation. Typically Cleveland Rolfing offers a family rate to committed clients.

Do you work with Animals?

Yes! After receiving Equine Natural Movement training, working with dogs is also possible. Frankly, working with animals means working with their humans too! To discover if Rolfing can help your horse or dog, schedule a 15 minute meeting so we can talk. My rate for animals is dependent on the kind of work that is required. I prefer to work with humans who want to learn skills to improve their animal’s experience.

Who was Dr. Rolf?

Ida Pauline Rolf (1896-1979) was a biochemist from Columbia University in 1920. Her unorthodox approach to human health was more inline with the Human Potential movement, which acknowledged an innate healing capacity in every individual. Her significant contribution was introducing Gravity as a factor in human health. Rolfers align the body in gravity, and it can spontaneously heal.

Learn more about Dr. Rolf here.