Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why is Rolfing® So Hard To Understand?

                   Answer:  Because it's not how we were taught 

                                           to think about the body

Education taught us that we are a bunch of pieces/parts/anatomy.

[Truth: All pieces/parts are dynamically connected and interrelated into a structural system that is also influenced by feelings, memories, old injuries, and the field of gravity. You won't find this structural system or its characteristics/dynamics in any anatomy book, but Rolfers™ are trained to understand you at this level and to let the body change/improve its dynamics.]

Medicine taught us that our body has localized symptoms.

[Truth: Many localized symptoms arise from a disorganized, imbalanced structural system. Clients are surprised to experience that the symptom they'd been trying to fix was not the problem. The root to the symptom was an imbalance elsewhere in the system.]

General-Thought taught us that the body is a machine.

[Truth: Your body is not a machine, not dumb/stupid, and not resisting you. Its structural restrictions, imbalances, and disorganization are preventing you from experiencing how incredibly smart it is and all the ways it knows to support you.]

Exercise taught us to make our body/muscles tight.

[Truth: Bodies grow, move, function, age, and respond better when they have 'wiggle room' (adaptability). Tight bodies make us work harder, are at greater risk of injury and, while we don't realize it, tightness equals physical and mental stress. ]

Growing-Up taught us that our body feels like everyone else's; it just feels normal.

[Truth: Your body is as unique to you as fingerprints. Your body lived through, experiences, and expresses all-of-who-you-are, therefore, it is as unique as you are.]

One client said he read and watched everything he could on the internet, trying to understand this work, but didn't begin to really understand it until his third session.]  

2. Time, Cost, Frequency?

A Rolfing® session is usually 60-75 minutes in length. 

The best frequency for a session is once a week or once every two weeks.

Once you've completed your Rolfing® process (usually 12-15 sessions), you never need to do it again. Commonly, my clients don't feel the need for a tune-up session for 3-8 years. This work works and lasts. With a particularly difficult phase of life (we all go through these),  it usually takes only 1-3 tune-up sessions to get things back on-line. 

The cost, currently, is $140 per session.

3. What Happens in a Rolfing® session?

           There are three major aspects: 

(a) Hands-on work with the tissues, structure, and dynamics of the physical body; 

(b) Education, which means letting go of incorrect information we’ve acquired;  learning new ways to move/be; and trusting the process to let the body support you.

(c) You participate with this process. For some, this means learning how to get out of our heads and into our bodies. At times, it is a fascinating journey of finding what you always thought was possible but didn’t know how to get. Quite often, it feels like magic: experiencing a sense of wholeness you didn't know was possible and didn't know you wanted or needed until you experienced it. It can be a relief to learn your body already has a solution to many of things that have been bugging you. 

4. Where's on-line booking?

I don't have on-line booking. You need to call me: 

(804) 528-4922 (no text on this number please). 

I want to know your goals, and both of us need to know that the goals of Rolfing® are in sync with your goals. Once you do your first session, booking the next one is easy. 

5. Why do I need Rolfing® and is it painful?

Look at the videos below

The first is a simple demonstration of how/why this work works. 

The second video clearly explains about pain, but I will also say it here:  

If you’ve heard Rolfing® is painful, that’s not okay; it’s uninformed hearsay

Rolfing® works in sync with you and your body, at a level where you can participate and experience the changes. If anything is uncomfortable for you, tell your Rolfer™ immediately because it takes less than a second to shift pressure/depth/direction to get back in sync. Also, ‘no pain no gain’ does not belong in a Rolfing® session. Each person’s experience is unique, and influenced by his/her goals and awareness, so communicate with your Rolfer™. 

6. Rolfing® Is Valuable At Any Age.

Parents who brought a child to Rolfing® say their child is sleeping, focusing/concentrating, participating in school, and eating better, while also making new friends. 

As a teenager (with any misalignment, injury, trauma, or teenage-onset scoliosis), this work helps the body release its less-than-optimal patterns so you can feel better, regain trust, and continue growing in a more balanced way.   

In your 20s, Rolfing® is an adventure, an experience, a fascinating journey of self-discovery and realizing how connected and integrated you and your whole body are.   

In your 30s, this work is a pro-active approach to release the physical, mental, and emotional patterns and habits that have been getting in your way or begun to bog you down.   

In your 40s – 90s, this work gets you moving with more ease and feeling younger, lighter, more connected, and more whole/capable. 

A Simple Demonstration on Rolfing®

Why Rolfing® is so important to add to your overall health and well-being. 

On The Subject of Pain

Pain does not belong in a Rolfing® session.