Frequently Asked Questions


Rolfing® is unique and has quite the reputation. This section is to help dispel some of the nonsense perpetuated over the years.

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Who invented rolfing® and where does it come from?

Ida P. Rolf, PhD is the founder of Rolfing®. She asked the question: "What conditions must be fulfilled in order for the human body structure to be organized and integrated in gravity so that the whole person can function in the most optimal and economical way?" She believed that imbalances in the structure created compensations that would ultimately lead to poor health and poor movement. She developed a 10 session protocol, known as the 10 Series as a teaching tool to assist student rolfers so that they could understand the body the way she did and to help clients overcome pain from compensatory patterns.

who should consider rolfing®?

Anyone can benefit from Rolfing, particularly those that notice the effects of trauma or injury beginning to interfere with their daily lives and activities. But even if there is no history of injury, high level athletes seeking more efficient movement to help with their sports do well with Rolfing®. Additionally people seeking inner wellness or on a spiritual path find Rolfing® to be of value as the process can deepen a personal spiritual practice.

What is the difference between rolfing® and massage?

It is a common misconception that Rolfing® is just another form of deep tissue massage.  Rolfers are trained to look at the whole system and not just the part that is tight or that is hurt. We seek to make changes that are global, meaning the entire system is going to notice the change. There is no real "technique" to Rolfing. Rolfers  differentiate tissue, assist the "body brain" to clarify and define itself all of which leads to integration. Anyone can take a body apart, few can skillfully put it back together in a way that is copacetic for the person living in the body.

does rolfing® relieve stress?

Stress is considered differently with structural integration. When humans are struggling with gravity a lot more tension builds in the body. The body's equipoise actually brings equipoise to the entire system. To me Rolfing® is the ultimate Body-Mind-Spirit solution. A change in our thought process can make a change in the tone of the body and a change in the tone of the body can affect a change in the mind. The intention with Rolfing®, however unlike massage, is not stress reduction. Stress reduction happens as a by-product.

what is rolfing® somatic movement?

Many clients ask me how they can maintain that "freshly Rolfed feeling" after their sessions. The best way is to learn how to move the way the body was designed. But apart from the functional movement trend, exercises that train or "fix' are not the outcome of Rolfing® somatic movement. I like to start from the premise that the body is a deeply intelligent organism that knows how to find its way back to equipoise. There are no "should's" or "techniques". Instead we practice how to listen and have a conversation with the body. The results are uncanny and lead to resilience, adaptability and enhanced coordination. You are the expert of your body. I reveal to you the ways you can reconnect with yourself.

how does Rolfing® work? what can i expect?

Rolfing® is a hands on manipulation. This means my hands are going to come in contact with your body. Unlike massage I will not be looking for tight muscles and loosen them. Instead Rolfing® works on the fascia of the body. The fascia is like a network of fibers that run all around, through and along the parts and channels in every nook and cranny of the body. I look for where the strain patterns are and alleviate the trigger that might be causing the strain. I like to tell my clients that I am looking for the key that unlocks the pattern. Once the key is revealed, both the client and I notice the changes. It's pretty cool.

I heard it hurts. is that true?

Rolfing® has had a pretty negative reputation over the years of being the bodywork that hurts. In fact some people believe that if it doesn't hurt, it isn't Rolfing®. That cannot be further from the truth! Deeply held fascia that is thick and built up over the years isn't going to be a walk in the park, but it doesn't have to be painful. With Rolfing® somatic movement I can show you how together we can unclench that tough stuff and let it go. I never want to work in the realm where you feel like you are suffering. That is not the goal of Rolfing®. The goal is to feel better and to leave better than when you arrived.

what do i wear to a rolfing® session?

In the old days everyone got rolfed in their underwear. With today's fashion trends my preference is that you show up in yoga or gym shorts, a tank top (something sleeveless), a sports bra or a light weight t-shirt. You may change when you arrive. I have loaner shorts, if you forget that day.

what forms of payment do you accept?

I accept check, cash and visa/mastercard.

Do you accept payment in advance for the 10 series?

No, sorry I do not. Too many life factors prevail that can lead you into not completing the series. Therefore I do not offer discounts to buy in bulk, nor do I accept payment ahead for sessions. You pay when you arrive.

what do you charge?

I charge $170 for my services. A session lasts about 60 minutes. I book every 75 minutes which gives us a little extra time if you are late. But I run a tight ship so regardless of when you show up, we finish on time!

My massage therapist says s/he is doing Rolfing®

Rolfing® is protected by the service trademark. Only those of us that have graduated from the Rolf Institute may call ourselves Rolfers and the work we do Rolfing®. Rolfing® isn't a technique. There are no Rolfing® moves. Be sure to get the work from qualified people. You can check the institute's website at to find a Rolfer in your area.