A Guide to Considering Rolfing for Treatment of Pain and Stress

  1. What is Rolfing? 
    Rolfing is a whole-body treatment designed by Ida Rolf in the 1970s. Over a number of sessions practitioners work systematically through the whole body, addressing issues such as breathing, pelvic floor support, and length and lift in mid-section.
  2. How do I find a qualified Rolfer in my area?
    This is really two questions – First what makes a “certified” practitioner and second, how do I find them. A good way to answer both questions at once is to consult the members directory . This searchable directory lists ONLY certified practitioners. Since Rolfing usually involves ten session groupings, you will want to choose someone as easily accessible as possible.
  3. How much do they charge? 
    Since most medical insurance does not cover Rolf Structural Integration you will want to ask how much the practitioner charges per session and how many sessions are recommended. Most practitioners charge from $100 to $400 per session. The effects are cumulative so you should plan on between three and ten visits.
  4. How many sessions are needed?
    The traditional sequence is ten sessions, but some practitioners and some situations may benefit from fewer or perhaps additional sessions. Be sure to understand the plan before you begin.
  5. How long have you been in practice?
    As with many fields, there is a high correlation between the amount of experience for the practitioner and the degree of skill the offer.
  6. What is the practitioner’s style?
    Rolfing is deep tissue massage, and different training centers have tended to create different styles. Rolfing is a collaborative process, and you should discuss the amount of depth of massage that is acceptable for you.
  7. Does the practitioner have a specialty?
    While all practitioners use the principles developed by Dr. Rolf, some specialize in different applications – sports, chronic pain, neck and back problems, and others. Determine if your interests are matched by the specialty of the practitioner.

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