Rolfing Structural Integration & Manual Osteopath
@Brownstone Health and Fitness
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
(Mind Body to book)
$89 per session.
Not Covered under most Health Insurance plans
The family of Structural Integration Rolfing
Structural Integration, developed in he 1950s by Ida Rolf, is manual therapy based from Osteopathy that restores postural balance by releasing connective tissue adhesions. The slow, penetrating pressure of this style of bodywork takes advantage of the unique property of fascia to soften when steady pressure cause fascia to change its states. Current research suggests a combination of mechanical, biochemical, and neurological responses. Structural Integration therapists-sometimes known as Rolfers- are trained to perceive the holistic effects of each local intervention and to adapt the depth and pace of their touch to the client’s develop body awareness. Rolfing along side with movement education will realign and balance the body’s structure with the field of gravity that we live in. It’s truly a holistic process of structural change that’s meant to not only improve physical well-being, but also emotional well-being.
Potential benefits of Rolfing Structural Integration affects can vary as everyone structure is different, but many people have experienced:
The body’s posture & structure
Injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness & muscle tension
Improving range of motion & circulation around joints
Ease chronic stress patterns in the entire system
More economical and refined patterns of movement
Decrease spinal curvature
Enhance neurological functioning
Rolfing Structural Integration Ten-Series
The goal of Rolfing is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body.
Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body. While maintaining a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.
Called the “sleeve” sessions, session 1-3 strive to loosen and balance surface layers of connective tissue. Including the arms, legs, feet and side view of the body.
“Core” sessions and examine terrain found between the bottom of the pelvis and top of the head. The idea of core also includes the deep tissue of the legs for its role in support.
“Integration” is emphasized throughout the remaining three, as session, as sessions 8-10 provide an opportunity for the practitioner to blend previously established advancements, and ones yet to be made, into the body in a way that encourages smooth movement and natural coordination.
Can people come for just a few sessions?
Sessions can customized from one session to five sessions. These sessions are chosen based on the pattern the individual body holds.
What is a Rolfing Uniform?
Your comfort is the most important thing; most clothing can be worked around. However, the Rolfing "uniform" usually consists of underwear.
Women, please wear a bra and underwear you are comfortable in
Sports bras are not ideal, unless they have spaghetti straps
Some women prefer wearing a bathing suit
Shorts and tank top work but aren't preferred
Men, boxer briefs, or briefs are best, but running shorts also work great
You can be covered with a sheet or blanket during session if you wish, for you comfort. It's a priority that you are comfortable, so please talk to Jenna if you have any concerns about what to wear to the Rolfing session.
Does it hurt?
This is a very common question and the answer differs from person to person. Some find sessions extremely relaxing while others may have moments of intense sensation, but it should never feel painful.
Who would benefit from Rolfing?
I’ve worked with people aged 3 to 80, with those who are coping with significant challenges such as Parkinson’s, stroke recovery, or severe trauma from accidents and injury, as well as those who are in excellent health but are interested in Rolfing to enhance their athletic performance, to deepen their personal journey through bodywork, or to just plain improve their posture.
Do You Take Insurance?
Unfortunately, not in most cases (the bodywork world we are not considered a form of massage therapy but rather a form of Structural Integration- but clearly different laws for every form of manual therapy in everywhere would be challenging so we get put under certain umbrellas...) As such, we are not covered by nearly all insurance companies these days.
On the bright side, any health care savings plan that you have set up can often be used for Rolfing or Manual Osteopathy. I can provide receipts for the deduction.
*Check with your insurance plan in advance to see if Rolfing or Osteopathy could be submitted.