What to Expect at your first Rolfing session
In your first session we will take a little time to do a full initial consultation and explore your reasons for trying Rolfing.
If you have a complex or unusual diagnosed medical condition, it is helpful to let me know about this in advance, as this will allow me to find out more and to determine your suitability for treatment. You may find it helpful to read the list of contraindications included on this page. Please be assured that your medical and personal details will be treated confidentially.
Rolfing treatments have an analytic and improvisational quality, which means that we do not work to a fixed duration. In general, expect your session to last around 90 minutes, and probably longer for the first session.
Rolfing sessions begin and end with a body reading, with the client standing in front of me in their underwear. If that freaks you out, tell me. From personal experience, I do (really) understand, and I’ll do what I can to ensure that you feel comfortable.
Ladies: Please wear a bra (not racer back) and pants. I work with oil, so it is best not to wear anything that wouldn’t wash well in the event that a little bit of oil transfers. Please don’t worry too much about what kind of pants you are wearing! There is no problem to receive Rolfing work when you are on your period, although if you generally experience painful or heavy periods, you may personally prefer to schedule your treatments away from these times.
Gentlemen: Please note that it is easier and more discreet for me to work when you wear reasonably fitted briefs, rather than shorts or boxers, as I can see the line of your legs/hips more easily, and everything stays where it oughta.
Aside from the handwritten notes that I take before, during and after sessions, I may also keep your basic contact details (name, contact details, session dates) in an electronic file for the purposes of communication and administration related to my practice, in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your details will never be made available to anyone else. I ask my clients tor read and sign a disclaimer at the beginning of the first session. Naturally, I am fully accredited and hold professional indemnity insurance, but I also ask my clients to disclose any existing or previous medical conditions, pregnancy (even very early stage), other therapies that you may be doing concurrently, and to let me know if there is any aspect of the treatment that you feel uncomfortable with.
You will also have the option of having photos taken (using your mobile phone or camera) before session 1, and after sessions 3, 7 and 10. This can be a very interesting and helpful way to track changes in your alignment and posture over time, but it is certainly not essential. Please keep in mind, as well, that the benefits of Rolfing are not only ‘cosmetic’: some people do see big and positive shifts in their posture (and it’s very gratifying when this happens), but what is more important is how you feel in your body. Take a look at some examples from the Internet here.
It’s a good idea to have your sessions a week to a fortnight apart (you want to leave enough time for your body to process the changes, but not so long that your body forgets all about the sessions), but the interval can vary.
If there’s anything else you’re unsure about, just ask!
Please also refer here for information about where I work, and how much I charge.