| Lessening of spinal curvature. Resampled for client privacy.
What is Rolfing?
Doesn't it hurt a lot?
My clients remark that Rolfing "got a bad rap" for being painful. In
the last 15 years, our approach has become more precise, and less
painful. You may hear that "gentle Rolfing doesn't work", this is also
I have a reputation as one of the more "painless" Rolfers. Precision, and working WITH my clients, is the key.
Can I use my health insurance, FSA or HSA?
on your insurance, Rolfing can be billed as manual or myofascial
therapy. Talk to your doctor about a referral. Most osteopaths,
chiropractors, sports medicine doctors, and natural health
practicioners know about Rolfing. If not, send them to www.rolf.org and www.fasciaresearch.com.
I cannot take direct insurance payment,
but I can write a receipt for you to get reimbursed. In most cases, you
can use an HSA or FSA for anything health-related. I don't have staff,
or time, to deal with paperwork.
Do I have to do all 10 sessions? Can't I just have one appointment and you can fix my problem?
tend to have systematic causes. Additionally, a physical problem may
express itself in one place, but have its cause in another.
your shoulder hurts because your hips are uneven, working on your
shoulder exclusively, is a waste of time and money.
I do specific interventions for specific problems in the context of
each session. Some people just need a few sessions, for others, the
problem isn't so easy to unravel.
Classical Western Medicine tends to focus on symptomatic treatment to
make pain, and complaining patients, go away. The systematic
progression of Rolfing is designed to help the whole organism function
better. The problem may in fact not go away, but the overall function
may be so improved that the "problem" no longer has such an effect.
Philosophically, Rolfers are more interested in the total wellness of a
person, rather than any specific dis-ease. We like to live in the
solution, not in the problem.
Yes, it's work- but isn't anything worth having, worth working for?
Why do people want to get Rolfing Structural Integration?
Surely there is no greater beauty, or luxury, than to stand effortlessly upright, and move with grace!
The number one reason is usually postural. Something isn't working, there are problems and pain.
It doesn't matter how many times you tell yourself (or how many times
your mom tells you!) to stand up straight, if your body structure
cannot support you in that posture. Structural integration helps your
body to rest more effortlessly in an efficient posture by reorganizing
the myofascial structure itself. It doesn't matter how much you spend
on your tan or your nails and hair, if you do not have healthy posture,
your impression is still not as good as it could be.
Another reason is to find a solution for chronic pain. There are many
things Rolfers can do for back pain, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis,
shinsplints, hip pain, neck pain and whiplash, and other problems, but
as one practicioner says, we don't stop there.
Often the body's structure has set it up for a certain pain or problem,
and without addressing the overall situation, this problem will either
return, or migrate to another part of the body. A good example is the
chronic shoulder pain of many desk and computer jockeys.
Treating the trigger points on the back of the scapula and skull may
feel good and provide temporary relief, but until the tightness or
imbalance in the the shoulder girdle, chest and neck is resolved, the
pain will keep returning. This is the shortcoming of most massage and
physiotherapy: it is only symptomatic and does not address the cause of
the problem. As a former massage therapist, I know the frustration.
This is why I became a Rolfer.
People also come for help recovering from injuries. Scar tissue becomes
tighter over time, and can cause patterns of compensation and
contraction throughout the body. Broken bones, sprains and falls,
whether we seek treatment at the time or not, leave impressions in the
body. If you are under a doctor's treatment, please talk to your doctor
before you seek Rolfing sessions. I am always available to talk to your
doctor and personally, or even pay a visit and demonstrate what I am
doing for them.
Are you German or American?
Neither, I'm from Texas. ;-)
While my husband worked for the Army, we lived near Grafenwoehr. I am
American, born and raised in Texas. My husband and I lived in Germany
for six years while he worked for the Army there. Now we are getting to
know Frederick MD, and so far, we love it.
How long have you been doing bodywork?
2000, I started massage school in Austin, Texas. I continued when I
moved to Indiana to be with my husband, and passed the National
Therapeutic Massage Board exam shortly before we left for Germany in
In Germany, I discovered that I could enter training
to be a Rolfer in Munich, was accepted and became certified by the
European RolfingŪ Association in May 2006.
I am continued my training in visceral manipulation and osteopathy with the Munchner Gruppe
(Dr Peter Schwind & Christoph Sommer). In December 2006 I attended
their seminar with Dr. Alain Croibier on whiplash, trauma, and
manipulation of cranial nerves. I got to attend several other
classes with them, the last in November 2007. We returned in early
2008, just for fun, to say goodbye to Munich. I recently returned to
enjoy a class with Peter Schwind, and several old colleagues in Rolfing
& Osteopathy, and to attend the Fascia Research Congress.
also had the good fortune to attend the Fascia Research Congress. This
meeting of the minds between the bodyworker clinician and the
laboratory scientist and researcher has been tremendously fruitful for
everyone involved. www.fasciaresearch.com
How long have you been in Frederick?
We've been here since 2007, and have been enjoying getting to know
Frederick and the surrounding area. Fall is wonderful, and it's been
great to see old friends again, and make some wonderful new ones.
Do you take Saturday appointments?
No. My family has expectations of me. Furthermore, Rolfing is very
demanding physically, and if I don't rest, I can't function.
I start most days early, I can't work late either. If you can't take
time from your job to take care of yourself, perhaps the bigger picture
is the problem. Part of my responsibility as a practitioner is to model
Isn't it expensive?
The question isn't whether the work is worth it, but whether your health & well-being is worth it.
Imagine "feeling like a million bucks", for about one tenth of that!