At the Chicago Rolfing office of Elias, he understands many clients have questions about what he does. Please take a look at this information below if you are looking to learn more about his work.
COMMON ROLFING QUESTIONS IN CHICAGO
What is fascia?
Fascia is a sheath, or sheet of connective tissue that forms beneath the skin to attach, enclose and separate other muscles and internal organs.
What is a Rolfer?
Rolfers affect body posture and structure using their hands through myofascial release (soft-tissue manipulation), movement education and a skillful eye. This is typically performed over a series of sessions known as the Ten Series.
What do Rolfers study?
Successful applicants of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute complete a training program that typically requires 2 years of study. Following certification, ongoing education is required to maintain active status in the institute. Training covers anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, Rolfing theory, structural analysis, soft-tissue manipulation, spinal mechanics, joint mobilization methods, Rolfing Movement Integration techniques, individual research, written essays, and extensive supervised clinical sessions.
Why is Rolfing provided as a ten session process?
The purpose of the Rolfing Ten Series is to align and balance the body's components until the entire system is a smoothly functioning coordinated whole. For example, the legs are aligned to the hips, shoulders to the ribcage, the body is positioned over the feet, and all of these joints and tissues are integrated into one another.
Do I have to committ to the entire Rolfing Ten Series?
Not at all. Plan to come in for a single Rolfing session to see how you respond to soft-tissue manipulation. Like many who come to this work, you'll be surprised at how effective it is and why you didn't receive a session earlier.
How often are Rolfing sessions scheduled?
Rolfing sessions are recommended to be scheduled 1-2 weeks apart. It can be scheduled as much as twice per week but no more than 6 months to complete the entire Ten Series. After the Ten Series, it is recommended to wait 1 month or several before scheduling a Rolfing session to allow the body a break from all the input of the work. However, clients who are consistently physically active or under other stressors may wish to create new goals for ongoing support from a Rolfer after the Ten Series.
What can someone expect from a Rolfing session?
First, sessions take place in a treatment room prepared by the practitioner. The length of session varies by service ranging from 60-90 minutes. Clients may need to read and sign a consent form. It is important that both the client and practitioner agree to the terms of the session including the length of care and goals of the work. All relevant medical information needs to be reported to the Rolfer for the safety of the client. This information is reported through an intake form or over a 20 minute complementary phone consultation for all first time clients. For clients who are 17 and younger, parents are to be present for the inital intake and duration of the session.
What should I wear to a Rolfing session?
Men wear gym shorts, swim trunks or their underwear. Women wear gym shorts and sports bra, 2 piece swimsuit or their bra and underwear. The clothes should not be restrictive and you need to dress in what you feel most comfortable in. After the inital structural assessment inolving sitting, standing and walking, you will be covered throughout the session.
Does Rolfing hurt?
Rolfing uses mild, direct pressure to melt or release fascial holdings. The slow, deep strokes stimulate the intra-fascial mechanoreceptors which trigger the nervous system to release the tension in the muscles and fascia. At times, there can be temporary discomfort. That is replaced very quickly by a feeling of freedoom, lightness and mobility.
Will Rolfing "fix" my neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis, etc?
The intent of Rolfing is to balance and organize the fascial structure. Strain eventually lessens and diminishes making it easier to lie down, sit, stand, move and perform daily activities. While it may not appear that symptoms are dealt with immediately, order and structural balance relieves them and often eliminate them entirely.
How is Rolfing different from massage?
The goals for massage and Rolfing are different. Massage is about relaxation and improving circulation, which can be beneficial to our physiology.
Is it ok to receive Rolfing if I'm seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor?
Yes. People report being adjusted much easier for their chiropractic sessions and quicker recuperation in rehabilitation from their physical therapy process.
How long do the effects of Rolfing last?
Rolfing offers lasting relief and dramatic changes in posture evident through before and after photos. Pain relief and mobility tends to last much longer than traditional therapies and corrective exercises. Clients report continued change long after the Ten Series often reporting a unique and transformational experience.
What does conventional medicine think of Rolfing?
Organizations that represent medical doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses etc. do not take a formal position on any complementary medical care.
Can I exercise between Rolfing sessions?
Regular exercise is important for maintaining overall health. The important factor to consider here is to pay attention to your body. If something doesn't feel right or a particular movement constantly brings pain or discomfort, this may be an good indicator to back off. Light exercise is recommended to help the integration process of these sessions, particularly Rolfing.
Are there any contraindications to Rolfing?
Those who are suffering from certain Autoimmune diseases (including lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis), cancer, and bone fractures or acute soft-tissue injuries are contraindicated. Once cancer is in remission and injuries are healed, you can schedule a Rolfing Session. You can include your primary care physician in the process as they may like to know what else you're doing for self care.
Is insurance accepted for Rolfing?
Insurance is not accepted. However, most employers offer Health Spending Accounts and Flex Spending Accounts which you may use. Contact your provider for more details.
Should I take before and after photos when I start the Rolfing Ten Series?
Traditionally, Rolfers took before and after photos of clients to objectively capture changes in structural alignment. It is optional. With the client's permission, your practitioner will take front, side and back profile pictures before and after the first session and tenth session. Clients can keep these for their own record or they can release them to be a part of a collection of case studies. These case studies may be presented in marketing material or a book in the future with clients permission.
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