Cold Laser Rolfing FAQs

How is Cold Laser Rolfing different from traditional Rolfing?

Traditional Rolfing tends to focus more on deep tissue pressure to release the tight connective Fasica. Cold Laser Rolfing uses a Cold Laser device along with manual pressure to address your needs. Our initial focus is on the nerves to release the tissues in question. The Cold Laser enables us to use a fraction of the pressure in most cases.

Is Rolfing Painful?

Very seldomly during a session, a client may experience pain. Usually this is only for a matter of a few seconds and is immediately followed by a sensation of relief through the tissue. With the cold laser, as well as new bodywork techniques, your session will be comfortable and enjoyable.

Do I have to do a 10-Series?

A Rolfer will have the greatest opportunity to make profound changes in your structure when given the freedom of a 10 Series. Although the 10 is of the highest recommendation, other suggestions are to try sessions 1-3, to determine if Rolfing is right for you.

What is fascia?

Fascia is a very important type of connective tissue which completely surrounds all muscle fibers, organs, and bones. Along with the nerves, it is partly responsible for holding the strain patterns in your body. Think of the idea “form follows function.” If you sit in front of a computer all day with your shoulders rolled forward, then the fascia through your shoulders and chest will form to support that posture. Even if it is not correct.

How much is each session?

My rate for each session is $160 for 90 minutes. 30 minutes for $60 and 60 minutes for $120 are also available. Cash, check, or card is accepted at the end of each session. Children under the age of 10, I am happy to treat for no charge.

How is Rolfing different from massage?

The depth of Rolfing sometimes gets confused with a deep tissue massage. Combining specific Rolfing techniques for connective tissue release with the laser provides sensations that none of my clients feel are similar to massage. Rolfing and Massage are two completely different therapies.

How is Rolfing different from Chiropractics?

Although both Chiropracters and Rolfers objectives are to bring the body to a higher level of order, we do have very different pathways to accomplish this. Rolfing does not consist of any high velocity adjustments, appointment duration is much longer, and we deal with how the entire organism relates its segments in gravity. A Rolfer invites changes through the soft tissue to influence how the joints may be fixated out of proper alignment. If a Chiropracter and a Rolfer are on the same page, the changes for the client are substantial. Chriopracters and Rolfers both have gifts that the other is not specialized in.

Does insurance cover Rolfing?

Insurance companies are beginning to see that Rolfing can give alternatives instead of surgeries, prolonged durations of rehab, medications, etc. This being said, not all insurance companies cover Rolfing. If asked I will provide you an insurance form that you can submit to your insurance. Many clients use popular HSA’s (Health Savings Account.)

How Frequently do I have a Rolfing Session?

The most ideal interval for a session is every 7-10 days when symptoms are at their worse. This obviously is dependent on the injury and the individual. Cold Laser Rolfing offers a great deal of flexibility with varying client needs.

What do I wear?

Typically, the most common “Rolfing Uniform” is shorts and a T-shirt for men. If we are working with upper body issues, they will most likely be asked to remove the shirt. For women, a tank top or sports bra with shorts are usually worn. Underwear alone is not necessary. For men and women lose fitting clothing is not very condusive to seeing how strain travels through your body. Most important is you being comfortable. During the bodywork, a blanket or sheet can be provided to you for your comfort.

How long does a session last?

Your first Rolfing session usually last 120 minutes. This provides ample time to take a health history and do an extensive neurological exam. For a typical session please allow 90 minutes. Because of the vast uses of the laser, I also offer 30 and 60 minute appointments more directed for acute conditions. This application is used when the needs of the client fall into reducing swelling, inflammation, and wound healing.

Who needs Rolfing?

Everyone! This is because we all experience discomforts in our body whether it be a shoulder, a neck, a hip, a foot, a back, etc. Perhaps the most exciting application for Rolfing is athletes. Injury Prevention, Efficiency, Fluidity, Power, Reaction Time, Speed are all things athletes are seeking and are all areas where Performance Rolfing can significantly improve them.

How do I get the most out of my Rolfing experience?

Being open to learning about  how to use your body is essential. We will talk about the new levels of awareness we want to tap in to. An example of this is being aware of your feet during walking once you have experienced the lower leg and foot session. Exploring within yourself how your body is now moving and how gravity is being distributed through you. This is all a part of the learning process to form new movement patterns, and allow your Rolfing experience more likely to be sustained.