Is Rolfing Painful?
Not any more! Rolfing Technique has this old 70’s reputation to be painful as a “No pain No gain type”.
the good news is we are in 2018, and a lot of things have changed since then as well as the rolfing technique.
Nevertheless, rolfing stigma of being painful remains present at the expense of people who would benefit from this technique. The fear of being hurt makes them paralyze to try. It’s totally understandable, to have pain and even worse during the rolfing session, where is the logic?
For the people in that situation of mind, Here an example:
One day, a lady who has known me for a year with a knee problem tells me one day that she has always hesitated to make an appointment with me for her knees because she is terrified at the idea that I am going to hurt even more. So I ask my 11 year old daughter to tell her how it works when she is being rolfed by me. “From time to time my hip hurts, I say to my father where it hurts. He asks me to walk or create a movement that accentuates the pain. When he works it can be intense and I tell him to reduce the pressure it helps to change his method of work and assess my sensitivity, otherwise I can not relax and feel what happens, after he asks me to walk again, and feels how is my hip. Then I go back on the table if he needs to add more work. It was painful he would have no result and I wouldn’t ask him again for help when my hip hurts me.
A few days later, she comes to see me for her knees but still not reassuring not to hurt her. I just tell her to tell me how his knee reacts to my job. I ask her if it hurts when I work so, if the pressure is correct… Then I ask her to walk to reevaluate the knee pain and the body’s weight on the leg. It’s already 50% better and definitely better after 30 minutes. She feels great and can not believe it how good that feel.
Joachim Creten, Certified Advanced Rolfer
What can be expected from going through the 10 sessions?
How the work is experienced is completely unique to each individual. Chronic pain can be reduced and many times goes away completely. Stillness in the tissue created by holding patterns or repeated movements is relieved, giving a new pattern of movement in the body. Better posture and pain relief are a result culminating in an improved experience of daily life.
What to wear?
Please BRING OR WEAR appropriate clothing. Rolfing is traditionally done with the client in his or her underwear; however, you may wear gym attire (athletic shorts for men, shorts and a sports bra for women) if you feel more comfortable.
Please do not wear clothing that is bulky or that restricts movement. Men: please ensure that your shorts are above the knee – long, baggy shorts make identifying structural imbalances difficult.
You are welcome to change once you arrive at my practice.