Rolfing was recommended to me by a friend having complained of hip pain for quite awhile. I’d tried most therapies so was happy to give the 10 series a go. Having suffered a bereavement, I attended my first session in an emotionally vulnerable state and Naomi was a real comfort. I left that session feeling very positive about the coming months. Each session concentrated on different areas but Naomi always happy to focus on any niggles I had. By the end of the series I felt confident that Naomi and Rolfing had helped tremendously, not only physically but emotionally. Thank you for your dedicated support.Kate B.
I have recently completed a ten session course of Rolfing with Naomi. I was interested in trying Rolfing as I have a chronic pain condition and have tried many different therapies with varying results in an attempt to manage pain and stress. I had read a little about Rolfing and was keen to explore what it could offer.
On my first appointment Naomi asked me many questions about my health and lifestyle and then began my first hands on treatment. Naomi put me at my ease by explaining what she was doing as we went along. I really enjoyed my first session and felt confident that with Naomi’s help and my willingness to participate in helping myself regarding managing pain that I could significantly improve my condition. As the weeks went on I learnt many helpful techniques which were very empowering. Each session Naomi focused on a different area of my body, paying particular attention to certain problem areas. Naomi does a mean massage, but more than that, she is very intuitive and was sensitive to whatever was going on in my body each time I had a treatment.
I would certainly recommend Naomi to anyone who is either in pain or just feels that they could feel much better than they do at the moment. Rolfing has given me a much better awareness of my body and made me a lot more confident in my ability to help myself towards better health.
I will definitely be booking in for an occasional top up with Naomi!Pam
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.
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 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 have just completed my Ten with Naomi and what a journey it has been!
I wanted to use bodywork to uncover emotional trauma that I felt was hidden deep in my body since early childhood and that I could not access even with years of talking therapy, with a view to clearing it. My body had always been full of unexplained aches and pains too, so I hoped that some of these might clear in the process. So we started the ten and gradually and gently Naomi worked on my body and built up my confidence to cope with my fear. Sometimes she gave me simple body “homework” and the pain in my foot and calves has gone. It was lovely to go bouncing off on a long walk after each session!
My sinuses feel better too and I have generally stopped holding my body so stiffly and painfully. Sometimes between or during sessions, deep emotional issues and fear came up which she calmly dealt with by teaching me Trauma Release Exercises. This really was a breakthrough and I do these exercises regularly now.
Just before the final session the really difficult feelings that I had been unable to access for decades came up from the depths and I was able to confront them at last and give them a voice! I could hardly believe it, but feel so much better !! I can’t thank Naomi enough. I recommend Naomi and her gentle and reassuring approach wholeheartedly and I will most certainly go back for regular “tuning”.Judy
Naomi came recommended to me as someone to help me address tension and emotional trauma stored in the body. I had never heard of Rolfing before but it I found it subtly started to put me back in alignment and gave me more comfort and awareness of my body and posture. Naomi is highly professional, knowledgeable and understanding and I felt very comfortable in her safe hands.You don’t need to understand how it works, just open to the fact that it can help.Zoe W.
I’d heard about Rolfing when I was living in Germany and was always interested in trying it out as I’ve suffered from shoulder pain and poor posture for years. I’d tried many different massages as well as osteopathy and acupuncture but the pain had always returned.
After my ten sessions with Naomi I’m delighted that the pain seems to have gone, and if I feel a twinge I am able to correct my posture and prevent it from taking hold. I’m much more aware of my body and how it all works together.
Naomi has been a wonderful therapist, and I immediately felt comfortable working with her and that I was literally in good hands. Naomi has had a very thorough training and really understands what she is doing and genuinely cares about her clients. I intend to go back for top ups to keep up her good work.Pauline
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.
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.
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.
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.