sasby at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 27 06:29:11 PDT 2001
Yes, I had my experience with Rolfing about 9 years ago. Normally Rolfing
is set up for 10 or 11 sessions initially. Ten sessions divide the entire
body into sessions of treatment and the 11th can be solely used for an
initial eval, or incorporated with the first session of treatment. You may
want to check out this site for some basic history and info, as well as
locating a certified Rolfer in your area.
I was getting ready to move when I found out about Rolfing so I was not
able to do the complete 10 session thing, but was able to get the therapist
I worked with to agree to focus on my main problem at that time and to judge
for myself if this would be beneficial.
At the time my left ankle was extended and tightening up due to
neuropathy and despite 3 years of PT to treat this and some back problems,
the constant tightening and contractures of muscles from neuropathy were
winning and making it more difficult to flatten my foot on the ground.
The sessions were focused on my back and ankle therefore, and the results
were remarkable even after having only 6 sessions. My ankle attained almost
full range of motion, while typical and various therapies in PT had not
allowed them to "get into" the tight muscles and because of the slight loss
of feeling I'm presuming, I didn't have a lot of pain during the Rolfing
sessions, although I did have some bruising on the thigh area, as treatment
of the ankle involves the entire leg.
The back area however, was excruciatingly painful I should warn you, and
probably as comparable for me as mastering the breathing techniques while in
labor. HOWEVER, in the end it was well worth it! I went from numerous
doctors telling my insurance I'd need continuous PT in order to function, to
being able to drop PT and not have any real back problems again for another
During these sessions I also used 2 different therapist because of
scheduling in a short time, and while the first I was barely able to stand
sessions with, the second seemed a lot less painful and I can't for certain
say it was because he was gentler as a newly versus veteran therapist of the
Rolfing, or because the first had done all the initial and most grueling
work? Any case, I'd make certain if you decide to try this, you make
certain the person is certified and then consider trying more than one
therapist if you are able in your area.
I hope you decide to give it a try, I need to look into giving it a shot
again myself. :o)
>i am wondering if anyone here has been "rolfed"?
>it's a type of deep tissue massage, regarding connective tissue.
>what i have found out is that people who have had it done, swear by it.
>they say it can relieve chronic pain, and realign your body.
>anyone have any info?
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