How many Rolfing sessions will I need?
Rolfers consider Rolfing to be holistic, that is
a process designed to create balance throughout
the whole body. To accomplish this Rolfers ask clients
to consider committing to ten sessions of Rolfing.
Some people will require fewer sessions some more,
but ten is a good estimate of sessions needed to
accomplish the Rolfers goals. People will
often commit initially to one to three sessions
to see if they like the work and feel it is meeting
How frequently should sessions be scheduled?
Sessions can be scheduled anywhere from weekly to
monthly. Bodies often begin the process of change
within the session and continue that process between
sessions. At the very least, the body needs time
to integrate changes before another session is done.
Every body integrates at a different rate, so the
Rolfer and client will schedule sessions based on
how that particular client assimilates the work.
How long are sessions?
Sessions usually last 60 to 75 minutes. About 50
minutes is work done on the table. The Rolfer will
take time at the beginning and end of the session
to hear the clients feedback and to do an
assessment that includes such things as observing
the client standing and in motion.
How much does Rolfing cost?
Today Rolfers charge between $85 and $125 a session,
depending on their location and experience.
Does insurance pay for Rolfing?
Rolfing is sometimes covered by medical or auto
insurance. Generally, if a policy covers massage
therapy, it will also cover Rolfing. All Washington
Rolfers are licensed as massage therapists. Some
insurance policies require a referral from a doctor
(or other licensed health care practitioner) for
Rolfing to be covered. Insurance companies vary
greatly on coverage so it is always best to check
with your company to see if your particular policy
How does Rolfing differ from other forms of bodywork?
Rolfing differs from other forms of bodywork in
at least two important ways. The first is the medium
through which Rolfers work in the body. Rolfers
work with fascia or connective tissue. This allows
the Rolfer to actually sculpt or reshape the body.
Secondly, Rolfing differs from most other forms
of bodywork in its holistic approach. Rolfing is
not symptom-oriented, but rather, an intentional
process of reorganizing the body in gravity. This
does not mean that symptoms or problems are ignored;
but rather they are considered and addressed within
the context of the reorganization process.
I keep hearing that Rolfing is really painful.
Does it hurt?
In my experience as a Rolfer, I have seen clients
who fall on a continuum from those who experience
some discomfort with every session, to those who
seem a little disappointed that it doesn't hurt
at all. I have never had a client who found the
work so uncomfortable that they had to exit the
process. There are many techniques that can be used
during moments of discomfort, such as working with
the breath, imagery, or focusing attention. There
are also the options of taking breaks or having
the Rolfer vary her approach. The important thing
to remember is that Rolfing is not a "pain
game" and as the client you are in control.
Will I have to do anything special outside of
In general during a Rolfing series one can attend
life without interruption. Sometimes, the Rolfer
will ask the client to forgo strenuous exercise
on the day of a session or for a few days following
a session. Otherwise, all that is necessary for
most people is good, practical self care i.e. getting
enough rest, fluids, etc.
Once I am Rolfed, whats to prevent my body
from reverting to its old patterns and the shape
it was in?
Bodies are constantly changing and adapting to what
happens to them. The Rolfing process can move a
body toward a more balanced state. The more balanced
a body is the more resilient it is, and the more
likely it will seek and return to a balanced state.
So, just the organizing process itself goes a long
way to producing a body that stays in balance.
Rolfing also enhances a persons awareness
of the body. Consequently, people who have been
Rolfed tend to notice patterns of tension or misuse
that might eventually generate imbalance.
The Rolfer is also trained to notice habitual movement
patterns that might generate present or future imbalances.
The Rolfing process addresses these patterns, and
helps the client find more balanced options.
Is the ten session Rolfing series all that is
Once a person has gone through the ten session series
there are a number of options for further Rolfing:
i. A person may do a "tune-up" session
or two (usually only necessary every year or so)
to be sure that the balance achieved in the ten
series is maintained.
ii. A person may want to come in for a session (or
sessions) after an injury, serious illness, or surgery.
iii. A person may choose to further the process
by doing a three or five session advanced series