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fascial manipulation, movement education for better posture

Q. How do I know if Rolfing is for me?


Rolfing is intended to support every-body. Clients come to Rolfing seeking improved posture and alignment, pain relief, relaxation and improved sleep, greater energy levels, reduced tension in the body, relief from stress and stress-related symptoms, enhanced confidence, grace and ease of movement. People sometimes come to Rolfing when conventional medical approaches don’t seem to address the root cause of their conditions or to support the body during a course of medical treatment. Some people come seeking to avoid invasive procedures for their chronic condition. Rolfing is appropriate for people of all ages, and no specific pain or injury is needed to receive powerful benefits from the practice. Rolfing can be a great support for young people learning to relate to their changing bodies, athletes seeking to improve their coordination or endurance, people seeking more ease in their bodies while playing with their grandchildren, or simply looking for more comfort and confidence in their everyday lives. 


Q. What can I expect from my first Rolfing session?


A first session begins with a 20 minute consultation in which Noemi will get to know more about you and your specific needs and concerns. The consultation may involve discussion of previous accidents or injuries and other information that will help Noemi in devising your treatment plan.  A typical treatment session begins with an evaluation of the client’s standing and walking postures. The majority of the session will involve the client lying on a massage table receiving hands-on treatment. Movement awareness education and exercises are offered in each session that the client can practice in everyday life to enhance the benefits of the treatment.


Q. How is Rolfing different from massage?


Massage techniques generally focus on the release of muscle tension through pressure. By focusing instead on the body’s fascia system, Rolfing is designed to bring about structural change in the body. A Rolfing perspective understands the issues of pain and discomfort in the body from a wider perspective that considers not just the area affected, but how different areas of the body are part of a whole.


Q. Is Rolfing painful?


Rolfing work can be both deep and subtle. Sometimes a treatment may require a deeper level of physical manipulation which may cause some momentary discomfort in pursuit of lasting relief. Noemi’s advanced training and decades of experience often means that powerful results can be achieved by adjusting the touch to the need of the moment.


Q. Will Rolfing fix my chronic back (or other) pain?


Rolfing can be a powerful, noninvasive technique for lasting pain relief. Rolfing work is best considered a practice. The technique teaches a method for finding and returning to a centered, easeful place in the body. In this way the initial benefits of a treatment amplify with attention and practice outside the treatment room. 


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