The framework for Rolfing is a series of 10-sessions scheduled 1-3 weeks apart. However, not everyone chooses to get a whole series of Rolfing. I encourage people to try a single session as an introduction to the work. Whether your goal is pain resolution, better posture or personal growth, Rolfing begins in a first session freeing the first layer of fascial restrictions, restoring the capacity for full and easy breathing and laying the foundation for lasting change.
Each Rolfing session is 90 minutes and costs $130.
*Please note: No insurance payments or credit cards accepted.
A Rolfer manipulates FASCIA. Grab hold of the collar of your shirt and give it a little tug. Your whole shirt responds, right? Your collar pulls into the back of your neck. The tail of your shirt inches up the small of your back. Your sleeves move up your forearms. Then it falls back into place. That's a bit like fascia. It fits like a giant, body-hugging T-shirt over your whole body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes and crisscrossing back and forth and through and back again. You can't move just one piece of it, and you can't make a move without bringing it along.
Now, pull the collar of your shirt again, only this time, hold onto it for eight hours. That's about the time you spend leaning forward over a desk or computer or steering wheel, right? Now, pull it 2,500 times. That's about how many steps you'd take on a half-hour run. Your shirt probably isn't looking too good at this point.
Fortunately, your fascia is tougher than your shirt is, and it has infinitely more self-healing properties. In its healthy state it's smooth and supple and slides easily, allowing you to move and stretch to your full length in any direction, always returning back to its normal state. Unfortunately, it's very unlikely that your fascia maintains its optimal flexibility, shape or texture. Lack of activity will cement the once-supple fibers into place. Chronic stress causes the fibers to thicken in an attempt to protect the underlying muscle. Poor posture and lack of flexibility and repetitive movements pull the fascia into ingrained patterns. Adhesions form within the stuck and damaged fibers like snags in a sweater, and once they've formed they're hard to get rid of.
And, remember, it's everywhere. This webbing is so continuous that if your doctor's office were to add a poster of your true human anatomy, including its fascia, fascia is all you'd see. Thick and white in places like your IT band and plantar fascia, less than 1mm and nearly transparent on your eyelids. And within all that fascia you have adhesions and areas of rigidity. You likely have lots of them.
But, this isn't bad news. Damage to your fascia is reversible. You take care of your muscles with stretching and massage. You take care of your bones with diet and exercise. You never knew that you needed to take care of your fascia, but now you do and Rolfing is just the way to do it.
NH Rolfing and Massage Therapy
97 Jason Drive
Goffstown, NH 03045
Phone: (603) 289-8109