How do you work with new clients?
New clients begin with Rolfing rather than other techniques. Although, if a client is inflamed, indirect manual techniques will be used to create the proper resources and calmness that the body requires in receiving the direct manual techniques of Rolfing.
Traditionally, Rolfing is a ten session series. Some clients will need a shorter or longer series to complete the developmental stages that the traditional Rolfing ten session series offers.
The goal of any series of Rolfing is to relieve symptoms due to misalignment and educate the client on principle movement techniques that are both subtle and deep in their body. At the end of each session, Lorenz gives his clients "home work" assignments. Most assignments are simple tasks involving structural alignment, mobilization of tissue or joints, spatial and kinesthetic movements all meant to supplement progress made during sessions.
When the Rolfing series is complete, future goals will be discussed and how Lorenz can best be of service to the client. Typically, one of the following scenarios usually applies:
- Annual sessions of Rolfing: 3-4 times per year to assist in retaining the improvements that the Rolfing series offered.
- Periodic sessions of Rolfing: One session every 4-6 weeks to assist in reducing the effect of intense competitive athletic training, chronic pain, or chronic tension patterns which are the result of an intense lifestyle.
- Progression to Personal Training / Functional Wellness Session/s: ¥ Periodic sessions can be scheduled to support the retention of the benefits from the Rolfing series. These sessions are designed based on the client’s needs and interest.
Do I have to start with Rolfing?
No, you don’t but if you are looking to have assistance with personal development, postural corrections, structural imbalances, and pain reduction Rolfing is a quicker start then Personal Training. Simply ask yourself the following questions and if you say “Yes” then it is time to be Rolfed:
- Are you having chronic pain?
- Would you like your body to function with ease?
- Have you been feeling rigid, asymmetrical, and unable to move with easy?
- Have you had a surgery or an injury that you are not recovering from?
- Are you done with your past, but your past isn’t done with you?
Some specific problems addressed in Rolfing include:
- Chronic pain & dysfunction
- Headaches & head trauma
- Pelvic pain & dysfunction
- Restriction of motion
- Recurring sports injuries
- Ura-genital dysfunction
- Birth trauma
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Neurological dysfunction
- Pregnancy & postpartum ailments
- Scarring & postoperative pain from surgery
How do you work with clients referred from other manual therapists?
Being referred by Chiropractors, CMTs, Acupuncturist, or other Rolf Practitioners is a compliment, but it also can be a double-edged sword for both the client and the therapist. Proper steps need to be taken as to not waste the client’s time in reviewing work that referring therapists has offered previously.
Simply, a referred client is a new client. The client will receive assessment and some Rolfing at the beginning of the session before movement education is offered. As Lorenz evaluates the client’s improvement, he decides the proper time to move between the different modalities.
Isn’t Rolfing equivalent to Chiropractic or Massage Therapy?
No, Rolfing is not Chiropractic nor Massage Therapy. Each make contact with the body’s soft tissues but they have distinctly different goals, processes and techniques.