FAQ

 

Mary Phillips Certified Rolfer

Do you offer consultations?
How long are sessions, and how much do you charge?
Why do people seek Rolfing?
How many sessions should I receive?
How far apart should the sessions be scheduled?
What should I expect from a session?
Do I need a 10 series?
What happens after a 10 series?
Why is it called Rolfing?
What should I wear to a rolfing session?
 

Do you offer consultations?

Yes. I offer free consultations so that we can meet each other and decide if Rolfing Structural Integration is right  for you.  Consultations take about 30 minutes or less.  We will talk about your medical history, your goals for receiving rolfing, and any questions you have about the Rolfing process.  If you already know that you would like to just try a session we will have a small consultation as part of our first session together.

How long are sessions, and how much do you charge?

My sessions are anywhere from 1 hour to an hour and 15 minutes.  Our first session together will be a bit longer, about and hour and a half as we will chat a bit before we begin working.  I charge $120 for each session.

Why do people seek Rolfing?

People seek Rolfing for many different reasons… Primarily, I work with people who want to feel better in their body.  People come to Rolfing to resolve old long held patterns of holding and to feel more flow and harmony in their body.  Many people have been profoundly helped by Rolfing, from professional athletes, to people who must sit at a computer all day.  Rolfing also can help resolve trauma from auto accidents or any other type of injury.

How many sessions should I receive?

We will talk about and decide how many sessions will be good for you to achieve your goals for our work together.

That said, Rolfing is typically done in a series of 10 sessions, with each session focusing on a specific section or layer of the body.  Each session builds on the one before so that we can systematically begin to offer more order and balance to the structure from the outside in, and from the bottom up.  I like working within the 10 series model because it allows us to work specific areas of discomfort, while addressing deeper structural holding patterns in the whole body that may be affecting the areas that feel chronically tight or painful.

There are good stopping places within the 10 series (after sessions 1, 3 and 7).  For clients who are not sure they want to work through the entire 10 series, we can asses after each session, how the work is affecting you and wether your goals are being met.  I want to work with clients in the way that they feel best served, whether that is receiving one session or a smaller series, or the whole 10 series.

How far apart should the sessions be scheduled?

Rolfing sessions are typically scheduled about one to two weeks apart.   We can discuss your individual goals and schedule to establish the right frequency for your body to integrate the previous session, and be ready to receive more work.

What should I expect from a session?

In a typical Rolfing session we check in verbally before the session starts to see how you are feeling in your body on that particular day, and what changes you have experienced in your body since the prior session.  I will then look at you standing, and sometimes walking to analyze how your body is organizing in the field of gravity.  This information helps me to organize the specific goals of the session for you.  Then we do hands on work on the body with touch varying from superficial to deep depending on where and how we are working that day.  After the session you stand again in gravity and we may do some movement work or just bring awareness to what has shifted in your structure during our session.

Do I need a 10 series?

Each client comes with their own unique goals for receiving rolfing structural integration.  We can do just one session, or a small series of three sessions.  If the client feels that a 10 series would be beneficial then we can do that as well. We will be in close communication about the number of sessions that is right for you.

What happens after a 10 series?

After the 10 series, the body is in a newfound state of balance and order.  Many clients take a break from receiving Rolfing until they feel a tune up session is needed.  Again, each individual is different.  I offer post 10 tune up sessions for clients when they feel that they need them.  These can happen as frequently as feels good and or needed for the client.

Why is it called Rolfing?

Rolfing is named after Ida Rolf who initiated the Structural Integration movement.  She initially wanted to call her work Structural Integration.  The name rolfing sprung up in the community of students around Ida Rolf and began to stick.  Ida’s work has influenced many schools which teach their students structural integration.  The name Rolfing and Rolfer legally distinguishes students who attended the Rolf Institute which was the school that Ida began.  Many other schools continue to teach Ida Rolf’s work such as the guild for structural integration, and KMI ( kinesis myofascial integration).

What should I wear to a rolfing session?

A large component of the organization of a Rolfing session is based on how your body is aligning in the field of gravity. It is therefore ideal to wear underwear (traditional bra and underwear for women, and briefs or boxer briefs for men) in which you are comfortable with me viewing your structural order.  Working directly on the skin allows the most possibility for change in a classic rolfing session.  Of course your comfort level is the most important factor, and we can discuss what table clothes will be best for you.
For members of the LDS faith garments may be left on during your session, however they can present some challenges as the material can be challenging to work through.  Just to reiterate, your comfort level is of the utmost importance.