Flowmotion Rolfing

About Rolfing

Do you feel sometimes as though you are in an uncomfortable relationship with you body? Perhaps it is not the good friend and companion you’d like it to be. We often don’t pay much attention to our bodies until they are painful. Doing sports, exercise, yoga or pilates are great ways to come into deeper connection with our bodies and how they feel, but how we approach these activities is important. Sometimes we want to make our bodies do something. This desire for mastery becomes a desire to conquer rather than cooperate with our bodies. The results are often predictable — torn or sprained ligaments, pulled muscles, a variety of chronic injuries. Sometimes injuries are the result of cumulative action, such as slumping in front of the computer, repetive stress from performing the same actions thousands of times, and we just ignore that nagging pain, that ache that comes and goes until it becomes constant. These results are the body’s way of trying to communicate with us. We didn’t pay attention to the smaller signals, so we suffer the consequences, until we learn to listen better.

Time alone will heal most injuries, but if we continue to act in the same way, we will reap the same results. In order to gain an increase in function, we need to have a better relationship with our bodies. We need to become better integrated, both in the sense of better integration of the parts of the physical structure, as well as integration of the mind and the body. Rolfing manipulation can help to release scar tissue and restricted physical mobility, and Rolfing movement education can help create a new relationship between your thinking and moving, new ways of moving as well as new ways of relating to your body. Learning to listen to your body’s messages will help you to avoid future pain and injury, as well as to live with greater comfort, ease, flexibility, increased energy, and the joy that comes with noticing how well your body does every day, and not just the times when it is painful.
Thank you for your help these past 3 months. Your work and Rolfing have been integral to my journey of finding my center and balance — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spritually.
— A note left by a client


How does Rolfing work?

Rolfing manipulation is done sitting, standing, or lying. The Rolfer works with the client’s myofascia (muscles and fascia) to release restrictions in the body. See the photos on the Rolfing page for some examples. Movement work is done either in conjunction with manipulation, or separately, bringing the client’s attention to how s/he is using the body in sitting, standing or walking.

Why do you have to have a series of sessions?

The goal of Rolfing is to create an integrated structure. Because every part of the body depends on all of the other parts of the body to function well, Rolfing needs to address the entire body to accomplish its goals. Rolfing is wholistic, and when a Rolfer looks at, for a example, the shoulder, this requires seeing how all other aspects and parts of the body influence, and are affected by the function of the shoulder. This is a major difference between Rolfing and most other modalities. For a further, somewhat technical, explanation of how the body functions as an interconnected structure, please go the links page on this website and go to the Biotensegrity pages.

How often do I need sessions and how many will I need?

Sessions are generally once a week. The standard Rolfing series is 10 sessions. This number can be greater or fewer, depending on your physical conditions and needs.

I’ve heard that it is painful.

Rolfing needs to be done (in my opinion) in a way that is acceptable to the client. Tolerating sensation that feels painful causes a tensing in the body, and this diminishes the effectiveness of the work. I ask my clients to tell me if the sensations in their body become uncomfortable.

Flowmotion Rolfing
Offices in Marin, in Napa, and in Berkeley

415.289.2136 and 707.927.1847

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