Rolfing® is the original form of Structural Integration created by Dr. Ida Rolf. Rolfing® is the nickname given by Dr Rolfs students that now serves as a registered trademark to distinguish those who have received and continue to receive this specialized training. Others who practice her techniques that did not attend the Dr Ida Rolf Insitute, go by the title of structural integrator, or SI Practitioner.
Rolfing® teaches you how to access your body’s deep understanding of posture zones and how each one expresses and orientates to gravity, gives you perspective on your kinespheric space, and provides nervous system regulation. All of these play a part in determining lasting shifts in posture and function.
Rolfing® Uses 3 techniques in tandem to help bring more order to a body cluttered with compensation patterns. 1st, Manual therapy working with the fascia of the body to loosen and free up tension. 2nd, Mind-body awareness to connect the nervous system to the newly free flowing fascia, and 3rd, movement. To show the brain and the body its new path to least resistance
All GAIN no pain!
Rolfing has a reputation of being extremely aggressive deep pressure and a very intense experience. Due to advancements in research, Rolfing has taken a gentler approach. Just like when you get a massage, you can ALWAYS request lighter or deeper pressure. Communication is key.
Ongoing throughout our session I will be checking in with you to make sure you are not experiencing pain and I encourage you as the client to let me know if there is anything I can do to increase your comfort.
Sometimes our tension is caused by emotional pain, stress, or trauma. And / Or our bodies require a gentle and deeply relaxing strategy to help us unwind.
Craniosacral therapy was developed by Dr. John Upleger as an offshoot of Cranial osteopathy designed to enhance the functioning of the craniosacral system. It uses gentle touch compression and manipulation of your head, neck, spine. and any area you have symptoms.
and SER (Somatic emotional release) therapy is method that uses the therapists' hands to listen for and detect emotionally driven. symptoms of tension, then utilizing either gentle compression, dialogue or guided imagery to resolve and let go.
This therapy is a gentle, noninvasive and hands-on treatment that seeks to provide deep relaxation, relief from headaches, body aches and pains, side effects of medical treatments, PTSD and more.
Movement is one third of the structural integration paradigm. To deepen my movement strategies, I traveled to Chicago IL to train with Carrie Collins and certify as a Ki-Hara trainer. Being a Rolf practitioner and student, I also take Rolf movement trainings in pursuit of a Rolf Movement certification. I utilize both of these strategies simultaneously.
The Ki-Hara method is a form of Peripheral Nervous system Facilitation (PNF). refined by Anne Tierney and Steve Sierra of Innovative Body Solutions, Inc. this program uses resistance while stretching techniques, This means the muscles are being contracted and lengthened at the same time to keep stretching safe and effective, while conditioning your muscles to be more stable and explosive. Additionally, as a Rolf Practitioner I will include mindful awareness tips and ques, to teach your body and mind to isolate muscle groups, find and solve compensation.
If this is your first time booking a session with me just select the First-time session option. this option includes a free 30min in person consultation, along with your choice of a 75,105, or 135 minute session length. Youths under the age of 16 are offered a 60 min session along with a 45 minute free in person consultation. after your first session takes place I will guide you through what session to pick in the future. Here are the choices...
Is for clients who either receive regular ongoing sessions, Book a follow up session by the end of their current session, or are participating in a planned-out series of sessions such as a classic 10 series.
Targeted Tune up:
This session is great for those who are looking to have a specific issue addressed and resolved or are coming back a few months after completing a series for a one time tune up session. and will probably not schedule a follow up session until something comes up in the future.
Ki-Hara Assisted Stretch:
This session is a good fit for anyone who likes a more active approach to bodywork, wants to condition for athletic gains. And / Or for those who love to stretch.
Ki-hara Guided Stretch:
This session is a valuable resource to those who want to learn how to self-care at home, or self-rehab medically cleared or idiopathic pain and movement problems. if you love restorative yoga and /or Pilates, Kihara is a good happy medium. Ki hara is offered in a private session or as a semi-private class, which means space is limited so sign up is required.
Stressful experiences effect the way your body holds and releases tension. This technique is a deeply relaxing, gentle, and nurturing session. If typical massage techniques and deep tissue work is usually intense, painful or uncomfortable for you for any reason, this session could be a game changer.
The first rule to follow is, please be as comfortable as you can be, I can work with in most parameters of dress. but here are some guidelines that will help you determine what's best for you.
Best not to wear anything too loose or too tight, structured or constricting.
Wear something you feel comfortable being viewed in and could sleep in
There are no hard and fast rules and ultimately it is up to you when and how often you receive body work but here is a guideline for optimality:
If you are interested in going through a Rolf 10 series: it is optimal that you space your sessions out once every 2 weeks or less. depending on your goals once a month might be fine.
If you are coming in for regular maintenance, then again, this depends on you and your goals. If you are an athlete with a very active workout schedule, then every week to two weeks is optimal. If your goals are more for self-care and stress relief, or minor aches and pains, then once a month or more is fine.
If you are seeking body work to solve a specific pain problem, I will try to solve that with in the first session, but sometimes multiple sessions are needed, if that is the case, we together can come up with a good plan to achieve your bodywork goals.
828 means: "Everything working together"
As a student at the Rolf Institute, I was trained to look at posture in the form of a figure 8. The figure 8 is also an infinity sign. My interpretation of 828 is the body, mind and soul connecting and working together.
When a group of anything, be it, a community, a family, a business, or one's own body parts, has the tools and training to work together in synchronicity and harmony, a natural sense of freedom and expression happens. My practice is 100% in the business of delivering the most unique innovative and evidence-based techniques that will help you deepen your own unique working relationship with your body, and I am honored to be a part of that process.
Now that we are getting back to a new normal in the wake of the pandemic, I will continue to take precautions to avoid the spread of any contagious virus.
Here are some guidelines to consider ...
Please understand there may be an elevated risk of disease transmission including and not limited to Covid 19 because bodywork involves touch and close physical proximity over a sustained period of time. When you book an appointment with me you do so at your own risk.
To minimize this risk, I have a few rituals.
Each Practitioner is different so please ask this question before you try any form of bodywork that doesn't have pre-natal in the title. That being said, my techniques are absolutely safe for pregnancy.