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Is Pain the Only Reason to See a Certified Rolfer™?


Rolfing® Structural Integration sessions have been associated with restoration of posture and alignment and pain relief ever since it became part of the public consciousness. If you constantly have a sore back, shoulder, or neck you head to your local Rolfer to balance your body for all-natural pain relief. But is pain the only reason to see a Certified Rolfer?


Drawn In By Pain

The main reason people make that first visit to see a Certified Rolfer is because they are in pain. They may have a persistent headache, lower back pain, radiating pain from the neck, sore shoulders, knees, hip or some other type of pain. The common denominator is pain and the need for relief. Some clients will be trying out a Rolfer as a last resort after exhausting all conventional options and others will be looking for Rolfing Structural Integration right from the start likely because a family member or friend achieved life changing effects. Rolfers are trained to restore proper alignment and establish movement throughout the entire body easing the strain in a type of connective tissue known as fascia. Where there is a lack of movement, there is usually pain or discomfort. Poor posture and misalignments result in various compensations in the body which can be a major cause of pain. And while many clients are drawn in to see Rolfers because of pain, they quickly discover there is a lot more to it than just pain relief.


A Host of Other Benefits

Rolfing SI has the potential to improve structural issues and related problems. Some challenges and other benefits associated with a Rolfing SI session aside from relief of joint and muscle pain include:


Improved Range of Motion and Flexibility

Improved Mobility and Coordination

Greater Balance While Sitting, Standing, Walking and Performing Other Activities

Enhanced Psychological Well-Being

Release of Chronic Stress and Tension

Stimulate Change for Those Who Feel Physically or Emotionally "Stuck"

Prevention and Recovery from Injury

Improvement in Various Musculoskeletal Conditions (osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, flat -feet, scoliosis, tendonitis, etc)

Easier Breathing

Improvement in Personal Practices such as Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tai Chi and Other Martial Arts

Comfort and Ease of Movement While Singing or Playing a Musical Instrument

Improved Athletic and Dance Performances

Graceful Aging and Maintaining an Upright Posture

and more...


When you visit a Rolfer it is important to set a clear intention why you are there and explain the challenges that has been plaguing you. Rolfers are trained to find the underlying structural imbalances and work with you to make the appropriate changes in your structure so you can have a body that supports you for years to come. You are not meant to be a client forever and you deserve care that will offer lasting results.


The goal of my Rolfing practice is to create a plan that will restore your body back to its balance. When a client tells me "This feels 'natural,' just the way I was in my twenties," then you know you're doing something right. You may want to come in for a session, 3 sessions or you may be fully dedicated to the transformational Rolfing Ten Series. Either way, you will walk away a better person for pursuing a higher level health. Contact me today through the information or contact form at the bottom of the page for help. You can visit me at one of my practices in the Chicagoland area. I am happy to help answer any questions that you might have.

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