Frequently Asked Questions
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Are sessions covered by Extended Benefits?
Yes, I am a Registered Massage Therapist, so if you have massage therapy on your Extended Benefits plan, all sessions are eligible for coverage.
Is Rolfing SI Painful?
This is the question that I hear most. Rolfing SI developed a reputation for being very painful in its earliest days, but over time the work has gained a more nuanced approach. When tissue is tight and restricted, it's true it can cause discomfort, but I strive to keep the work within your levels of comfort. For different people that can mean completely different things which is why I will always check in with you during a session.
How is Rolfing SI different than massage?
Rolfing SI is different than massage in many ways, but if you were to look in on a session of both, it might be hard to tell the difference at first. Here are two important distinctions.
1. Massage focuses more on relaxation of muscles and reducing the symptoms of discomfort, on what hurts, whereas Rolfing SI is more concerned with why you might have tension or discomfort to begin with and working to sort out the cause and get restriction freed up and moving.
2. When you receive massage, you might try to focus on your breath, but you lie mostly still and quiet to receive the work. With Rolfing SI, a session is much more interactive. Communication and movement are important factors in this work. You’ll walk and carry out simple movements before, during, and after sessions so that I can assess and better target your body’s need
What should I wear?
Because Rolfing sessions include movement and getting up off the table, it's important to wear some clothing. Female clients wear shorter length shorts (loose cotton or stretchy yoga variety) and a sports bra if it doesn’t cover too much of the back. Male clients can wear shorts, preferably above the knee. You feeling comfortable is most important, but keep in mind that for the work to be most effective, it’s important to be able to see and work with your upper legs and mid back.
How much time between scheduling sessions?
Typically clients book session once a week or every two weeks. This is not a requirement, but it is important to note that Rolfing SI is a progressive system where each session builds off the previous one, so spacing sessions out too far can sometimes result in the body falling back into old patterns.
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