ROLFING® ALSO KNOWN AS STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION is a holistic form of bodywork developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf over fifty years ago. It specifically works with the connective tissue in the body (fascia) to release, re-align, and balance the body while maintaining integration. Fascia is an intricate web-like network that is interwoven within every layer of the body such as muscle, ligament, organ, and bone, etc., and will change depending on the stresses placed upon it. Manipulating the muscular and skeletal systems are sometimes not enough. When the fascia is addressed, it results in all the structures of the body being affected on various levels and layers, including the muscular and skeletal systems.
Rolfing® is a holistic treatment of deep tissue work that realigns and balances your body so that your head, shoulders, chest, pelvis, and legs are in better vertical alignment. Rolfing® is especially recommended for dancers, musicians, athletes and all those who lead a strenuous lifestyle. People suffering from stiffness, chronic pain, structural aches and physical stress can benefit with reduced or eliminated pain and stiffness as well as a balanced and properly working body.
Common reasons to see a Rolfer™:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Low back pain
Consult with a doctor about Rolfing®
if you have:
Cancer (unless no sign for 5 years)
Receiving Cortisone (2-3 months after stopping is okay)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m employed as a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ to provided Rolfing® and Manual Therapy at the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Associates of Alaska (907-646-7653). I work there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They handle my scheduling at the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Associate of Alaska.
I work in my Private Practice on Wednesdays (Online Scheduling).
If you would like more information please visit Rolfing® in Anchorage
I am a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement Practitioner™ trained at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. I am also a Certified Cranial Sacral Therapist and Advanced Myo-Fascial Techniques Practitioner with formal training in Neuro pathways, Neuro Mobilization, Osteopathy, Pain Science, Visceral Manipulation, Source Point Therapy, etc. These trainings allow me to offer not only hands-on Structural Integration and Manual Therapy work but subtle coordinative, energetic, and perceptual work to help clients reacquaint themselves with their body by reducing, if not eliminating, aches, pains and limitations in their daily lives.
In addition to working for myself and for the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Associates of Alaska, I am Associate Faculty working toward Faculty for the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. I am also an Assistant Instructor with Advanced-Trainings, teaching body-workers Advanced Myofascial Techniques.
Each Rolfing® and Manual Therapy Session costs $165 both at the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Associates of Alaska as well as my Private Practice. Sessions are 60 minutes. Clients interested in utilizing insurance for their visits need to contact the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Associates of Alaska (907-646-7653).
If you’re interested in seeing me in my Private Practice (only Wednesdays) you can schedule online by clicking on the hot button that says “Schedule Today” located at the top of the page near the right hand corner. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
My office hours at the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Associates of Alaska are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10AM to 7PM (Saturday’s 10am to 3PM). They take MEDICAL INSURANCE for those whom are interested. Their number is (907)-646-7653.
I work in my Private Practice on Wednesday from Noon to 7PM by appointment only. Appointments for my Private Practice can be SCHEDULED online or by phone 907–244-6052.
The work is done with clients in underwear or suitable underwear-like clothing (two-piece swimming suit, loose running shorts, bra, tank top). Unlike most massages, Rolfing® clients always wear some clothing. All of the actual Rolfing® work will be performed on a padded table, while standing or while seated on a bench. Clients will be asked to get up and walk from time to time during a session.
Rolfing® is process work that is governed by principles to addresses dysfunctions in the connective tissue (fascia) of the body. With specific techniques, Certified Rolfers™ work the entire body over the course of several sessions so as to help the body find a posture and positioning of greatest ease relative to their body.
Rolfing®, Structural Integration, and Manual Therapy requires a knowledge base from an approved Structural Integration School (http://www.theiasi.net/iasi-schools). A Certified Rolfer’s™ education generally includes includes Anatomy, Physiology, Myofascial Structures, Myofascial Techniques, and Kinesthetics. Certified Rolfer’s™ also tend to take continuing education classes in Cranial Sacral Therapy, Neuro Mobilization, Neuro Pathways, Neuroscience, Osteopathy, Rolf Movement™, Somatic Experiencing, Source Point Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, etc.
It depends. There may be times where the release of tension can be sensitive and intense. Clients often refer to these intense sensations as a “good pain.” Rolfing® did develop a reputation early on for being painful. There were many factors that contributed to the way in which Rolfing® was practiced in its growing stages, but times and theories have changed and with those changes the way a Certified Rolfer’s™ work with the body have evolved.
Receiving Rolfing® can often stimulate emotional responses in clients that can be mild and practically unnoticeable as well as strong and therapeutic. Changes in the body, through various neurobiological mechanisms, affect the functioning of the brain, with particular effect on the regions associated with emotions and feelings. The result is that clients often report feeling happier, uplifted, and more stable.
The hallmark of Rolfing® is the Ten Series. The goal of the Rolfing® Ten Series is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body. Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body while building on the progress of previous sessions. A Certified Rolfer™ maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire system during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.
If you have had an injury or a chronic condition three to five sessions is suggested so that the patterns and compensations that put stress on the body’s structure can be addressed at least in part. Ten sessions allows us to accomplish a much more cohesive, coherent, and sustainable change in your entire structure.
Most clients report a noticeable change by the end of the first session. Everyone is different though and as such his or her body reacts differently to the treatment. Often, those with high levels of body-awareness (e.g. yogis, athletes, dancers, etc.) notice changes very quickly.
At the end of the series, new patterns of movement will have become possible, and with the client’s new awareness he or she will be able to interact more optimally with the environments of their lives. Some clients choose to return for maintenance as they feel necessary, particularly when injuries happen. Rolfing® lends itself to enhance the clients awareness of how they perceive sensitivity as well as how they interact with the world resulting in longer lasting results.
Each session is a continuous interaction between client and practitioner. Clients are often asked for feedback on the sensations in their bodies as well as to perform basic diagnostic movements on the table and off to assess and address restrictions. Because of the dynamic nature of sessions, it is beneficial for clients to dress in comfortable loose clothing. Ideally undergarments are best. Some clients choose to wear exercise shorts or bathing suits. In any event, clients are encouraged to wear whatever will keep them comfortable while walking, sitting, lying down, and receiving bodywork.
Rolfing® is a holistic process that aims at making long-term changes in the whole-body. Rolfing® involves working with the connective tissue, which is located all over the body. Certified Rolfers™ therefore need to make a lifelong study of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics among other topics in order to best help clients with their body processes. Traditional massages generally aim to relax contracted muscles and provide benefits like improved circulation but do not seek to create the deeper structural changes that are possible with Rolfing®.
Traditional Chiropractic work, in a nutshell, often relies on high-velocity adjustments that focus on quickly changing the relationships between bones meaning changes are abrupt (and accompanied by pops and cracks). Not always, but it can be difficult for some to integrate changes made in this way without any accompanying soft tissue work, as the connective tissue might bring the bones back to their original positions. Rolfing® stretches and opens the tissues that directly affect the position of the bones, allowing the bones to naturally fall into better alignment. Rolfing® is a great complement to Chiropractic work, since it creates the “space” for more effective and long-lasting Chiropractic adjustments.
Rolf Movement™ is a form of bodywork that provides tools and ways of becoming more aware of movement patterns unique to the client. It includes exploring these patterns and intervening to develop more options. Ideally a well-balanced structure moves fluidly, dynamically, and in alignment with gravity. The body experiences support from below while simultaneously experiencing lift from above. Ideally, the body opens and lengthens for any and every movement we make. For the most part Rolf Movement™ works with coordination and perception. Rolf Movement™ also helps integrate and sustain the benefits of Rolfing® much better then just Rolfing® alone.
As a Rolf Movement™ Practitioner I work with the clients to identify the movement patterns that promote strain and asymmetry in the system. Once these patterns are identified, me, as the Rolf Movement™ Practitioner doesn’t necessarily seek to change those patterns which have served the client well. Instead, more economical solutions are identified, ones that promote greater balance and efficiency in the gravitational field. While Rolf Movement™ can be explored by clients who have completed a Rolfing® Ten Series, it serves equally well as a stand-alone tool for achieving higher levels of self-awareness and body coherence.
“Myo” refers to the muscle and “fascia” is a complex web that wraps the various elements of the body. Myofascial Therapy is used to find and release restrictions of muscles and fascia that have been affected by inflammation, tension and trauma. Practitioners position clients so that the strains, restrictions and distortions of the fascia can unwind, thus improving overall function of the body. Myofascial techniques can yield greater mobility, flexibility and range of motion as well as increasing overall health and wellness.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a form of bodywork using gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient’s spine and pelvic bones. It is believed that this palpation regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and aids in “primary respiration.” Cranial Sacral Therapy was developed was in the 1930s by William Garner Sutherland.