What is the Rolf Method?
What should I expect from a session?
Before the hands-on work begins, a postural evaluation, gait analysis, or basic movements of the body in motion may be expected. Mel will analyze movement of the area that is going to be focused on for the session prior to the start of the work. This will be done with clothes on, or you in your viewing clothes during the session.
What are viewing clothes?
Something as simple as bra and underwear, or a two-piece bathing suit. The idea behind them is that traditional draping isn’t used in a session like it is with massage, because the practitioner needs to see how one area of the body relates to another. For example, the lack of movement in your neck may be related to your low back and hamstrings, so less is best. Genital areas need to be covered. No sports bras please. (I personally have a problem getting in and out of mine, so moving yours around will be an equal challenge.)
Who benefits from the session?
Everyone! Athletes will see increased performance. Individuals who have been in auto accidents, those who perform physical labor, and desk jockeys alike will experience pain relief, increased flexibility, and better posture. Elderly people gain better range of motion and increased vitality.
Who should not get a session?
Individuals who have taken prescribed pain medication in the past 12 hours. Also, those who take Coumadin or other medically regulated blood thinners on a regular basis. That said, those who take fish oil, asprin, or have used wintergreen topically are okay to try the work.
What is the difference between the Rolf Method of Structural Integration and Deep Tissue Massage?
The Rolf Method is a series of fascia-based work that works from the superficial layers to the deeper layers of the body one area at a time. Fascia is like the envelop of muscle tissue, but different: it covers; it connects; and runs though muscle. When it becomes stuck from repetitive use, dehydration, injury, or something else, then it sticks together. When it sticks together, shortening in that area takes place and may effect the whole structure of fascia in the body, creating pain because of lack of movement, or change in how the body moves. On the other hand, Deep Tissue Massage usually focuses just on muscles and is a full body treatment.
How many sessions are there?
Usually 10-12. Rarely, but sometimes, 14. One session will last anywhere from an hour to and hour and a half, and may or may not include exercises to help further facilitate the work, or re-educate the body. These exercises will produce lasting benefits for the work and can continue to be done after the sessions.
How soon will I benefit from the sessions?
Change takes place with most people almost immediately during the first session. If you would like, Mel can take pictures of your progress for an additional fee. They will only be shared with you and your therapist. If needed, your health care professional can request a copy of notes on each of the sessions.
Is it painful?
From Mel’s experience, it is painful in the sticky areas where the fascia is stuck together, but this isn’t always the case. Since the work is done layer by layer, it should be a gradual progress of less and less pain during each session.
What is the difference between the Rolf Method of Structural Integration and Rolfing?
Nothing. They are the same thing, just two different schools with different names teaching the same thing.
How much is it per session?
$75 for up to one hour and $105 for up to 90 minutes. On a case-by-case basis Mel offers two hour sessions.
How frequently should I get the sessions if I am going through the ten series?
Ideally, once a week so your body can have time to adjust to the new changes before the next session. Some people may benefit from every other week. Mel will let you know what should work best with your body to maximize the results.