What does one wear during a Rolfing® session?
Women get treated in bra and briefs, men wear underwear.
Are there any tools a Rolfer™ works with?
No. A Rolfer treats the various layers of connective tissue with the help of their fingers, knuckles, fist and elbow/forearm only.
How does it feel?
For most clients Rolfing feels good - the slow and deep pressure of the Rolfer may relieve deep tensions in the tissue that sometimes are very old. The sensation of touch varies between light and intense. Therefore, the range of sensation reaches from “pleasant pressure” the “dissolving pain”. The perception depends on how tense the treated fascia or how strong the traumatized area of the body is. The majority of clients notice after each session a feeling of liberation and an improved range of movement.
Important: During the treatment the Rolfer frequently asks the client about the intensity of the sensation in order to reach the best and comfortable result. Always answer as best as you can as this will help the Rolfer to improve the therapy.
I am a sports enthusiast and have no pains or any other problems with my body. Could I nevertheless benefit of Rolfing?
Yes, very much so. Rolfing helps athletes to improve the performance of their training, which will eventually also have a positive effect on the results in competitions. Dancers and actors find they can reach a better range of their body movement, improve their perception and orientation in space and can thus increase their artistic potential.
Will my old habits bring my body again out of balance?
During a session, you will experience new positive sensations. These will help you learn new patterns of posture which you can always compare with old habits and then correct or modify and use in everyday life.
Rolfing increases body awareness and sensitize clients on the impact of "bad habits" or unbalanced movements. Because it just feels better to be efficient and balanced, the body moves instinctively in a much more balanced way.
Is Rolfing allowed during pregnancy?
During the first four months of pregnancy you must not be rolfed. In the fifth to seventh months of pregnancy the Rolfer can give the body more space for the birth. During this time a slight and tender Rolfing may be possible.
During pregnancy, the hormone balance changes for nine months and after birth it takes another approximately nine months (or as long as the baby is breastfed) to bring the hormone balance back into a normal state. After that process the Rolfer may re-align the connective tissue that was displaced by giving birth. Women treated for that appraise it as an especially good experience.
May I speak during the treatment?
Usually the treatment is done more or less in silence. You'll get more out of the treatment, if you focus completely on your body and the treatment. For that reason you will also not be distracted with background music. But if a question arises or you want to share your experience during the treatment, please do so.
Why do you say that "Rolfing is teamwork"?
During a treatment you may be asked by the Rolfer to participate actively in the treatment. For instance he could ask you to do a special movement with a special concentration or awareness in order to get even a better result.