Naomi is a very positive, warm and calming person. She has helped me find more length within my body and through her work on the tissue has been able to open up my joints. As a dancer I really recommend her work as she has not only improved my flexibility but has also helped me to understand my body much better. After each session I was left feeling taller, leaner, better aligned and more secure in my stance and stride.Anne S.
Working with Naomi was a pleasurable and transformative experience. Her insights have helped me to understand the “whys and hows” of my body, and to discover an unexpected sense of lift. My feet even have arches now!Annie A.
My Rolfing experience with Naomi not only helped me to improve my posture but also helped me understand how closely linked your emotions are with your body. How by always being prepared for the worst to come along means I stand with most of my weight on the front of my feet. Naomi helped me be aware and conscious of what is actually going on with me which now means every time I slouch or stop breathing out, a little click goes off and I try and correct myself.Nicole P.
I came to Naomi for help in addressing the negative effects of childhood trauma on my posture & way of walking, and to resolve an overall sense of being ill at ease with my body. I found her treatment professional and thorough but also tailored to my individual needs. After the course of ten sessions I have a much improved gait and my posture when standing or sitting is more natural and relaxed. I also feel a significant improvement in overall confidence both in my body generally and in my mind. I can thoroughly recommend Naomi’s sensitive and caring treatment.Robert B.
Naomi is one of the most genuine therapists I had pleasure to meet. She is patient, warm, insightful, generous and funny.
I always look forward to each session as I always learn something new from it, apart from feeling re-invigorated.
This photograph was made by one of Naomi’s clients, who was inspired to create her very own sensory ‘Rolfing foot garden’, after her Rolfing sessions with Naomi. The garden is designed to help keep her feet supple and adaptive.
I would recommend Naomi if you are looking for a Rolfing practitioner. She is very experienced, very knowledgeable and very thorough. I have found my sessions with her very beneficial. I am still processing all I have learnt and I may well go back to Naomi for some top up sessions in future.Alex B.
I found my Rolfing sessions with Naomi both enlightening and therapeutic. I can now breathe into the upper part of my torso, which I had always felt was ‘dead space’ before, and I feel my posture and general energy has improved as result. I feel as though I move more freely and have gained much better awareness of myself, my body, and feel a sense of achievement having completed the ten series. I am now experiencing the benefits weeks after finishing and continue to be amazed at the changes in my body. Naomi offered an excellent personalised service and I highly recommend her.Ali C.
I very warmly recommend working with Naomi if you are looking for a Rolfing practitioner. Naomi was a supportive and attentive listener to my questions and was brilliant at explaining what Rolfing is (and what it isn’t) and what the different sessions in the ten series address. I found her calm expertise very reassuring and this really enhanced my experience of the physical component of the therapy. On the physical side, Naomi is precise, skilful and very strong, but also extremely considerate to how the Rolfee is experiencing the treatment. Some of the sensations I felt were intense, but it was never painful, and I felt in thoroughly safe hands working with Naomi.Laura T.
I embarked on a course of Rolfing with Naomi without much prior knowledge of the process. Naomi was fantastic in explaining what Rolfing is and how it’s done and was able to answer my questions before we began. The sessions were offered with great sensitivity, especially given the option to be photographed in underwear.
I found Rolfing itself to be very different from massage (which is what I imagined it would be like). It’s more like a cross between a hard session at the gym, a vigorous massage and a therapy session without the talking! I was astonished to discover that Rolfing had not only a physical component, but a psychological component and I discovered that I was much more aware of my breathing and levels of tension being carried in my body.
I’d recommend Rolfing whether you want to improve your posture and are curious or whether you have a medical condition that has not been resolved by any more conventional practices.Angela
I’d never even heard of Rolfing until recently. I had a fantastic experience and noticed a significant change in my body by session 5 or 6. Moreover, it wasn’t just that there was a physical change, but there was also a change in how I felt about my own body.
Somehow, I felt more present in it, more connected to it, more aware of what was causing some of the aches and pains I experienced and how to be free from those.
The sessions themselves were enjoyable and felt therapeutic and peaceful. I would absolutely recommend this course of physical therapy to anyone – and I’d even do it again myself!Fiona G.
I had health problems as a result of a whiplash injury. Before working with Naomi, I had difficulty sitting in meditation because my body would stiffen painfully after just an hour. I am pleased that after just eight sessions with Naomi, I was able to meditate every day for 10 days, sitting for many hours each day.
In order for me to improve my health, I needed to be receptive to the treatment. That relied on trust which came very easily in working with Naomi. She listened well. She asked great questions helping me to notice patterns in my health history and gave feedback that reinforced the areas of which I needed to be aware.
The most significant thing for me when working with Naomi was her sensitive approach to introducing the method. She worked in a facilitative way; she recognised the things I had already done well. However, she was both thoughtful and instructive in applying her skills and helping me understand how to build upon the work we had done. I appreciated Naomi’s thoroughness and her personalised approach. I always felt as if I was Naomi’s only client.G. Roberts
When I entered the studio, it was my first experience of Rolfing and Naomi exceeded my expectations, exponentially! I had not appreciated how different this course would be from conventional massage, but it stands out in many important respects. Naomi took time to evaluate the movements and stance of my whole body before beginning her work. She would then release areas where fascia was inappropriately restricting my motion.
There was a method and order to the process, but she also was able to respond to my particular problem areas to cause profound change. Several painful areas in my neck and an achilles had been there so long I’d come to accept them as normal. Naomi’s whole-system approach rebalanced me; I am now pain free and feel much more ‘elastic’ overall.
She is extremely generous and knowledgeable, and creates a very comfortable relaxed atmosphere at all times. I would highly recommend both Naomi and Rolfing to anyone – in fact, I do!Caitlin T.
I have have recently completed ten Rolfing sessions with Naomi. I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of the actual treatment or if it would help with lower back pain.
Initially benefits could be compared to a good massage, but over the course of time, there have been subtle accumulative changes and my body feels re-educated!
I always thought that my posture wasn’t too bad, but Naomi could see I was holding a lot of tension in different areas which was having negative repercussions throughout all my body and certainly exacerbated the back pain.
I have become more body aware and feel at ease and comfortable and have learnt that the effect of gravity isn’t necessarily a bad thing when your posture works with it rather than against. The added bonus is that it’s had a calming effect on the mind too!
Naomi is a lovely lady who is a very accomplished therapist and who’s also aware of the mind/body connection when we have pain and tension. Overall the 10 sessions have been a positive experience which hopefully will continue to be beneficial.So if you’re suffering and feeling uncomfortable with aches and pains and want a treatment that can give you more of an insight as to why……give it a go 🙂Georgie W.
I’m not quite sure how I came across Rolfing but I’m glad I did. Naomi’s approach is very informed, she is clearly passionate about the subject, and she is compassionate and supportive in her practice. The process itself was really interesting and, at points, challenging, but there were no surprises thanks to the way Naomi guided me through the sessions. And each of these were personally enriching, offering an opportunity for reflection as well as ironing out some of the kinks in my posture. Naomi shared her insights throughout the process and I’m sure I’ll continue to integrate all those lessons as time passes.Christina J.
Naomi is a calming presence and set me wonderfully at ease even though I’m not a ‘hang around in my pants’ kinda woman.
I feel I’ve relearned how to stand and walk to the extent that my lower back pain has become only an occasional irritant (e.g. if I overdo something!) rather than a daily ache.
Friends have commented on how tall I stand and have asked whether I’ve lost weight. I haven’t, but Naomi helped me carry myself better.Fiona M.
I went to Naomi with lower back pain. A dear friend recommended to me Rolfing, and I don’t regret taking up her advice. The sessions with Naomi helped me improve my posture and enhanced my awareness and connection with my body. Each session had a calming and relaxing effect, taking away the accumulated body stress of working hours in front of a computer. I did not experience any of the unpleasantness or pain that I have read others express about Rolfing; on the contrary it was very soothing. Naomi is a considerate, careful and supporting practitioner, always in good moods. I recommend her strongly to anyone who wants to try Rolfing.Giorgos K.
My partner became seriously ill and had to have an operation. Fortunately this put things right but I came out of a very stressful time feeling like I’d been in a car crash. I have never been very supple and we had gone from being active to spending a lot of time on the sofa, so my body was stiff and aching and I was exhausted.
I decided to try something new so when I saw the article in the Guardian about Naomi and her Rolfing practice I got in touch, and I’m so glad I did. It helped me to come to terms with all the fear and stress and calm my body down again. It gave me a way to think about myself after being focussed on other people for so long. It was a bit of a voyage of discovery and I realised I had got some of my assumptions about my back problems wrong. Naomi explained that the benefits of Rolfing continue after the course finishes. It is now 6 months on and I am feeling so much better and still seeing improvements in my posture.
As well as this, I really enjoyed Naomi’s company. She completely put me at my ease and explained everything clearly. I would be happy to recommend her to anyone.Carol L.
Having had nagging back, neck and shoulder pain for a couple of years which would occasionally flare up into an inability to do the simple things (walk, sit up without creaking, turn my neck) for a couple of weeks at a time, I signed up to a course of Rolfing with Naomi. Whilst there are definitely elements of the treatment that aren’t entirely pleasant (weirdly, for me it was armpits and big toes), Naomi managed my squeamishness marvelously with a great ability to put me at ease. Pain wise, I still get occasional twinges, but compared to my pre-Rolf state things are markedly improved. I’ve learned a lot about my body over the course of the programme – how to walk properly, how to sit correctly and lots of other useful tips to keep me mostly pain free. Would definitely recommend.Steve P.
I slipped a disc in my early teens whilst on a camping expedition and have pretty much suffered with intermittent back pain since. I first heard about Rolfing in 2012 whilst on holiday in Rio, from an American who swore it saved his life; I was obviously sceptical. My disc slipped again and by early 2013, I was being asked to consider surgery. Fortunately, I came across an article in the newspaper on Rolfing and decided to give it a go. I chose London Rolfing because the website was informative and the consulting room based conveniently close to Kings Cross Station.
Even after my first session, I walked out feeling like the tension in my body had melted away. Within the next few sessions, I started feeling the benefits; I felt taller, my body felt less restricted and most importantly, I was pain free and feeling more positive.
Naomi made me feel comfortable and explained what she was doing and how it may impact on me later. I was particularly fascinated by my fifth session, which focused on releasing tension from my psoas muscle; critical for balanced alignment.
I am now more aware of my body and structure as a whole and consider the impact of how I sit and stand. From slipped disc to climbing Snowdon for charity: whilst it may seem dramatic, Rolfing really has changed my life.S. Singh
I came to Rolfing around my 30th birthday to address my sense of general physical malaise, as well as my poor posture, pain in my feet, and niggling tightness in my shoulder blades. My sessions with Naomi were spaced out over a span of about five months, and we completed the entire ten series. My first reaction was that Rolfing was very soothing, even when it was a bit painful. I always sensed that Naomi was attentive and responsive to my physical reactions. To be honest, I have no serious injuries or scars, so perhaps my experience of Rolfing being not painful wouldn’t be representative. Personally, I enjoyed each session on the heated treatment table and found the experience relaxing.
I feel I gained two important things from working with Naomi. First, I became aware of my stance and posture in an enlightening and hopefully transformative way. Rolfing isn’t magic; it’s not going to solve every physical problem you have. But it is diagnostic in the sense that you understand better why you might be having certain problems. For example, I realised through Naomi’s observations and coaching that the way I shifted my weight to the insides of my feet was likely contributing to a feeling of postural imbalance that I’ve always had. Second, over time, I felt a subtle shift in how I “held” my body. Before, I think I subconsciously pent up a lot of tension and stress in my body without even realising. In most sessions, Naomi helped identify where I was holding tension and worked on those areas so that I could be more aware of how it felt to be relaxed and hopefully break some of those patterns on my own over time.
Lastly, Naomi is full of insights into related modalities of physical wellness and healing, and we had interesting conversations about a wide range of topics that made the sessions feel interactive and holistic rather than strictly oriented to the physical body in a therapist-client dynamic (which of course I consider to be a positive thing). In all, I would highly recommend Rolfing with Naomi.Daisy C.