Rolfing is a hands on form of bodywork that seeks to balance your body within gravity. Our fight against gravity is epic... for our entire lives we are trying to stand up in order to live and move, and all the while gravity wants to pull us down. Over time this struggle can cause your body to become distorted and out of balance and ultimately in pain.
Why are there 10 sessions?
Ultimately, it is about efficiency. Ida Rolf designed the sessions to cover the territory of the whole body in the least amount of sessions possible. Rolfing is a therapy that will acknowledge your pains but we try to address those trouble spots not by only working where it hurts but by balancing the entire body. Having said that, sometimes the goals of the 10 sessions can be accomplished in less and sometimes it may require a couple more. Each client is a case by case basis and we will create your experience together.
Do I have to commit to doing all 10 sessions?
Nope. I understand that an entire 10 sessions is an investment. So, I will never make anyone feel like they must sign up for all 10 sessions right away if they do not want to. I personally think the 10 sessions is the best and most effective way to address your entire body and to squeeze as much power from Rolfing as possible.
What can I expect from Rolfing?
This is tough question to answer.... mostly because each client I work with seems to have a very personal reaction to the process. Often times people report feeling more at ease and more in their own skin. Again, to articulate that feeling in words is nearly impossible. For some people it can be an extremely cathartic experience while for other clients it can be a slow and subtle cumulative change coming well after you have completed the 10-sessions.
What about life after the 10-series?
This is really up to you. Our time together will have given you tools to move through your life with greater awareness and ease and for some people that may be enough. Other people want more and here is what I suggest. Take a couple months to live in your new body trying to incorporate your awareness into your life. Then if you want to come back feel free to give me a call. I suggest for return clients that we do a 3-series or a 5-series where we focus on certain lingering issues. But it is alright to go through te 10-series again... there will be more available to work with and no two 10-series are ever the same!
What is a typical session like?
At the beginning of each session we will go over the goals of that session and then you will change into your "Rolfing uniform".... generally underwear or workout clothes that allow me to see the majority of your body. Next, I will look at your posture from the front, back and both sides looking for changes from previous sessions and also taking note concerning places that I will want to work during the immediate session.
Does Rolfing hurt?
The idea of Rolfing being an excruciating process is probably the largest hurdle keeping people out of a Rolfer's office. The long and short of this issue is that at times it can feel intense but this is only momentary discomfort and the majority of the session feels about as intense as a deep tissue massage. I try to work as subtly and efficiently as possible and anytime it feels like you need a break or need me to lighten up I will.
How long are the sessions?
Each regular session is 60 minutes long and extended sessions are 90 minutes. But I recommend that clients schedule a little wiggle room into their schedule for after the session. Sometimes it is nice to find some time for yourself after your treatment....maybe grab a cup of tea or juice somewhere in the neighborhood.
What does a session cost?
Each session costs $175.00+tax payable at the time of service.
I also want to make clear that I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. In a perfect world we would never run out of time or double book ourselves or accidentally forget about our appointments. And in a perfect world I would be able to climb Mount Everest, dance the salsa, cook a mean souffle and Rolf for free. Alas, this is not a perfect world and when you do not show up to your appointment I am left twiddling my thumbs with a hole in my schedule that I could have filled with another achy body and that is just is not right.
How can I pay for my Rolf session?
I accept cash or check as well as Visa and Mastercard credit cards.
How do I make an appointment?
The best way is to call or text me at: 415.812.5031, that way we can also talk for a minute or two and I can get a sense of what you are wanting from your session with me. If you prefer corresponding via email that is also an option:
Do you give discounts?
Yes! I offer discounted rates when a client purchases packages of Rolfing sessions. If this interests you let me know when you come for your Rolfing session.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, no. I do not accept insurance because it can be hard for me to get paid that way. Insurance companies scrutinize every minute of our sessions and Rolfing is a wholistic approach that will work over your entire body even if you are coming in for neck pain. Those insurance folks do not like to pay for time spent anywhere except on your specific area of pain, which means they generally will not pay for any of the work except those ten minutes spent on your problem area.