Rolfing Treats Patterns Not Symptoms
The basic therapeutic premise behind the Rolfing approach is that, in the absence of significant pathology, when the body is bought into alignment most dysfunction and pain will disappear or be greatly reduced.
Rolfing Sessions are always based on the individual needs of the client. Every person is different and every ‘body’ is different. The Rolfing ‘recipe’ needs to be adapted to take the uniqueness of each individual into account. Accordingly, the 1st session of Rolfing begins with a thorough assessment of your bodies’ structure. However, although the Rolfing process is adapted to the needs of each individual Rolfing is not just concerned with addressing the symptoms that the client presents with.
Rolfing treats patterns of imbalance not simply the symptoms these patterns produce. This is why the results of Rolfing treatment are generally more effective and longer lasting than comparable physical therapy treatments.
Building a Skyscraper
Think of the Rolfing 10 series as building a skyscraper. The essential element in constructing any building is to have a great foundation. Consider your body in the same way. If your foundation is not properly aligned then the various strains that the body is subject to will be pulling you in all directions, resulting in stress, weakness and pain. My job as a Rolfer is to join with you in a partnership to re-align your foundation so that future movement happens with ease and confidence and pain is reduced or eliminated.
Your Bodies Natural Organisation
The primary aim of Rolfing is not to create a perfect or ideal body – there is in fact no such thing. Rather the aim of the process is to take the body to a level of organisation from which it can continue to organise itself without constant therapeutic intervention. The conclusion of the ten is not then the end but the beginning.
While traditional Rolfing Therapy is a ten session process there is no commitment to complete the ‘ten series’ although a large majority of clients do so. As well alternative approaches to ‘the Ten series’ are possible. Generally I advise people who are contemplating the full series to, firstly and obviously, come and have a session and then proceed through the first three sessions before deciding if they wish to continue. The first three sessions can stand as a unit of bodywork in themselves and will benefit just about anyone who receives them.
Treatment Options – How Much Rolfing Is Enough Rolfing?
Traditional Rolfing Therapy – ‘the Recipe’
Traditional Rolfing Therapy is a ten session process – ‘the recipe‘. Rolfing has an Wholistic approach to healing in which the body is viewed and treated as a whole entity. In the Rolfing ‘ten series’ the various aspects of the body are, firstly, differentiated from each other and then re-integrated in a process that brings alignment and balance.
Rolfing outside ‘the recipe”
A common misconception is that Rolfers only work within the classic 10 session Rolfing process often referred to as ‘the recipe’. This is not the case. It is not always necessary to go through the full series to enjoy many of the benefits of Rolfing. While obviously the Ten series will be a more comprehensive and predictable process some individuals for a variety of reasons cannot undertake the entire process but still have a great need for aspects of the structural bodywork that characterizes Rolfing. Some may require more specific work for pain relief so that they can simply get back to living their lives.
An alternative to the ‘ten series‘ is a shorter series of more targeted sessions. While still following the principles and insights of Rolfing it is possible to focus more on particular problems and a lot of good can still be achieved in this way.
As well I offer a service at the Remedial level of therapy for those people who need short term work for immediate problems. Whether working at the Wholistic or Remedial levels of the therapeutic paradigm my work is always informed by the approach and the insights of Rolfing.
Remedial sessions can be either 60 or 90mins in length.
Gua Sha is an East Asian healing technique that usually has an immediate beneficial impact in terms of pain relief and improved range of motion on many disorders.
Sessions can be 45mins in length or longer when combined with myo-fascial work.
Techniques I employ
Rolfing is a modality in its own right and not just a set of techniques. Any technique which can contribute to the essential aim of Rolfing, that is, bring about as much alignment and balance in the body as possible can be used in Rolfing session.
I employ a variety of techniques in my work including;
Myo-Fascial Direct Technique – frees fascial and muscular restrictions
Visceral Manipulation – gentle release of restrictions in the organs which are often the root cause of musculo-skeletal problems
Joint Mobilisation – frees restricted joints without manipulation
Myo-Fascial Needling – quickly releases trigger points and provides rapid pain relief
Gua Sha Therapy – removes toxic wastes from the tissue resulting in rapid relief from pain.
Overcoming the structural problems you face
At the beginning of the Rolfing process can either immediately commence ‘the ten series’ or I can take you through an initial session will begin to address your problems and during which I can outline exactly How Rolfing Works.
In order to book a rolfing session you can call me direct on 0422 742 045 or email me at
I look forward to being able to assist you.