New Jersey Rolfing: Lambertville, NJ and Clinton, NJ

New Jersey Rolfing
Lambertville, NJ and Clinton, NJ

Frequently Asked Questions about Rolfing​

common questions and answers about Rolfing

Here are the most commonly asked questions about rolfing, and some facts you might have been confused by. You can find more fact-based information at https://rolf.org

Does Rolfing work… Seriously, does Rolfing REALLY work?

Yes! Our bodies can change for the better. Our bodies are always regenerating, and the inherent wisdom of the body allows us to heal. There is scientific research to support the role of fascia (connective tissue) and it’s importance in alignment and health of the body. Dr. Rolf studied the biochemistry of connective tissue. Rolfing can help the body lengthen, improve alignment, reduce pain, improve movement and athletic performance. It brings positive change to the body. We can move easier through life and age gracefully with the help of a skilled Rolfing practitioner.

How long is a typical Rolfing session?

A typical session is an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. I always do posture analysis. This means I look at a client standing before I work hands-on. I’m looking to see if there is a different pattern of alignment right side vs. left side, front to back, the relationship of the hips and shoulders, feet and legs and how they affect the back, how does the head align with the neck, etc. When finished working hands-on, I typically will have a client sit before standing, and then do another posture analysis to see what has changed.

How far apart should sessions be spaced?

Sessions can be one per week, or every other week, every three weeks, or monthly. It depends on a client’s goals, work schedule, and finances.

How many sessions does an average person need?

It varies with a person’s lifestyle and history of accidents, trauma, injuries, etc. Most people come for a series of sessions so we can address the body head to toe and all the compensations for the problem. Some people just receive 3 sessions and choose a “tune-up” session when needed. The longer the pain or problem has been there, then there are more compensations in the body. But it really varies. We are all unique so the number of sessions truly varies from person to person.

Is Rolfing painful?

Rolfing should not be painful. No bodywork should be painful. Pain is the body’s way of saying “stop”. The sensation of something that is tight or restricted, and ready to release, is different. It can sometimes be described as “hurt so good”. There is a big difference between “hurt so good” and pain. A sensation that is “hurt so good” is a sensation that a client can be comfortable with. Pain is not comfortable. There is no need to work at the level of pain to achieve positive results. Rolfing/ Structural Integration has evolved from its origins in the 1950s and 1960s. No pain no gain is in the past. Positive change and improved alignment can happen without feeling pain.

What does Rolfing mean?

Rolfing is named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, who started and taught this type of bodywork. Dr. Rolf called it Structural Integration. The two terms, Rolfing and Structural Integration, are synonyms. Dr. Rolf was unique in her approach to looking at how our bodies function and what can help us function better. She looked at the structural relationship of the body. Just a few examples are how the arches of the feet affect our spines, the relationship of the hips and the shoulders, the head and neck relationship, the ribs with the breathing diaphragm, etc. During a Rolfing session, we work hands-on with the fascia (connective tissue) of the body. The goal is to improve alignment and reduce any pain patterns.

Does Rolfing help sciatica?

Frequently yes. For many people, sciatic nerve pain is greatly affected by the tension and tone in the fascia and muscle tissue of the piriformis muscle. Balancing both sides of the pelvis, as well as the sacrum, can greatly reduce or eliminate sciatic pain.

Does Rolfing improve posture?

Yes! Rolfing works with the fascia, which attaches to the bones. By balancing the tone and relationship of the fascial layers, the body can realign and improve posture. The other important aspect is to figure out any bad habits that might interfere with improving posture. Sitting on a couch that is too soft, or a computer monitor that is not positioned properly can interfere with improving posture. I always have a conversation with clients about how they work, sit, stand, etc. We are all a work in progress and we all have bad habits. Awareness and the desire to change for the better are the best tools to help us change and live pain-free.

Does Rolfing help arthritis?

For Osteoarthritis, Rolfing can provide relief and minimize any further degeneration to the joint or joints affected. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, is more complicated. Rolfing will not change the autoimmune aspect, but can possibly help with pain and improved alignment.

What is the difference between Rolfing and Massage?

Both are wonderful. Both work hands-on with the body. Both feel good to receive and allow a person’s nervous system to relax. Rolfers studied at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute. Rolfers work with the fascial layers of the body. The fascia surrounds your muscles and surrounds your body cavities. It is in superficial, middle, and deep layers in the body. It is the gentle, hands-on manipulation of these fascial layers that allows a body to come to better alignment.

Is Rolfing covered by insurance?

Typically it is not. I can give a receipt to clients if they want to try and get reimbursement. Hopefully, health care and insurance will change at some point to include treatments that are currently categorized as an alternative.
278 North Union, Suite 110, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Mon 10 - 4, 6-7:30 pm,
Thur 4:30-7,
Fri 10:30-3, 5:30-7
1220 Rt 31, suite 18, Lebanon (Clinton twp), NJ 08833
Tue 10 am - 5pm,
Wed 10 am - 4:30 pm,
Thur 11 - 2