Rolf Process

The Process of a Rolf Structural Integration Session

STEP 1: Discussion and Observation

When you come into your first appointment at our office, we will spend extra time discussing the symptoms you feel and what you want to get out of your Rolf Structural Integration sessions. Oftentimes, your body will speak louder than your words. After the initial interview, we will carefully observe your posture. We may ask you to sit, stand, and hold different positions. This might feel kind of silly, but it’s important. We are looking for postural asymmetries, which may be causing your pain. We also want to see how well your muscles move to determine if you have any mobility restrictions.

After our observations are complete, we will have a game plan for your session!

STEP 2: Be Prepared

Clients are asked to wear comfortable running shorts or knicker tights and a sports bra for women. Unlike massage, the client does not need to fully undress. After the observation phase, we will ask you to lie or sit on the massage table while we work to find movement patterns that lead to tensions and asymmetry in the body. However, it is not necessarily the Rolfer’s job to establish the most comfortable movement patterns for the client. Rather, it is about moving more economically – with better balance and efficiency with regard to gravity.

STEP 3: Bodywork Begins

The main phase of a Rolf Structural Integration session is pressing and holding on the areas of the body where the fascia is tightest and hardest. Unlike massage, we do not knead muscles or use oils. Instead, we use fingers, palms, and even elbows to find tight pockets of fascia and to press those areas until the fascia softens and releases. Some mild discomfort is expected during the process, as we are releasing years’ worth of hardened, thickened fascia. However, many clients enjoy the process, and very few report pain during the session. We can make noticeable changes in a client’s fascia even in the first appointment.