Rolfing Structural Integration

Brownstone Health and Fitness -Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MindBody to book)
Cancellation fee for all Rolfing Sessions 25$ for canceling with 24 hours of  the time session.
$89 per session. Not Covered under Health Insurance.

The family of  Structural Integration Rolfing

Structural Integration, developed in he 1950s by Ida Rolf, is manual therapy that restores postural balance by releasing connective tissue adhesions. Rolf, in fact, was the first to recognize fascia as the “organ of posture”. The slow, penetrating pressure of this style of bodywork takes advantage of the unique property of fascia to soften when steady pressure cause fascia to change its states. Current research suggests a combination of mechanical, biochemical, and neurological responses. Structural Integration therapists-sometimes known as Rolfers- are trained to perceive the holistic effects of each local intervention and to adapt the depth and pace of their touch to the client’s develop body awareness. Rolfing along side with movement education will realign and balance the body’s structure with the field of gravity that we live in. It’s truly a holistic process of structural change that’s meant to not only improve physical well-being, but also emotional well-being.

How is Rolfing different from other types of therapies?

Conventional therapeutic approaches to postural improvement are usually are usually of limited effectiveness in dealing with strong facial adhesions.  Stretching programs are too general to address the unique that produce individual posture. Strength building programs often overlay an imbalanced frame with muscular bulk that actually worsens posture.  We must have the structure realigned about we start to load it with exercise. 

 Rolfing Structural Integration affects:

  • Corrects body’s posture & structure by manipulating the fascial
  • Causes change in the nervous system
  • Works with all the layers of the body to ease strain patterns in the entire system
  • Creates more efficient muscle use, allows the body to conserve energy
  • More economical and refined patterns of movement
  • Reduce chronic stress
  • Decrease spinal curvature
  • Enhance neurological functioning
  • Injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness & muscle tension
  • Improving movement & circulation around join

The Ten Series Format  

Session 1-3
Called the “sleeve” sessions, session 1-3 strive to loosen and balance surface layers of connective tissue. Including the arms, legs, feet and side view of the body.

Sessions 4-7
“Core” sessions and examine terrain found between the bottom of the pelvis and top of the head. The idea of core also includes the deep tissue of the legs for its role in support.

Sessions 8-10
“Integration” is emphasized throughout the remaining three, as session, as sessions 8-10 provide an opportunity for the practitioner to blend previously established advancements, and ones yet to be made, into the body in a way that encourages smooth movement and natural coordination.

Can people come for just a few sessions? 
Rolfing sessions can customized from one session to five sessions. These sessions are chosen based on the pattern the person body holds

What is a Rolfing Uniform?
Your comfort is the most important thing; most clothing can be worked around. However, the Rolfing "uniform" usually consists of underwear. 

  • Women, please wear a bra and underwear you are comfortable in
  • Sports bras are not ideal, unless they have spaghetti straps
  • Some women prefer wearing a bathing suit
  • Shorts and tank top work but aren't preferred
  • Men, boxer briefs, or briefs are best, but running shorts also work great

You will be covered with a sheet or blanket during some of session, so you do not feel exposed, but you will be asked when needed to walk and move around the room in your "uniform." 

Once again, it's a priority that you are comfortable, so please talk to Jenna if you have any concerns about what to wear to the Rolfing session.

Who would benefit from Rolfing?
I’ve worked with people aged 3 to 80, with those who are coping with significant challenges such as Parkinson’s, stroke recovery, or severe trauma from accidents and injury, as well as those who are in excellent health but are interested in Rolfing to enhance their athletic performance, to deepen their personal journey through bodywork, or to just plain improve their posture.


Unfortunately, not in most cases (the bodywork world we are not considered a form of massage therapy but rather a form of Structural Integration- but clearly different laws for every form of manual therapy in everywhere would be challenging so we get put under certain umbrellas...) As such, we are not covered by nearly all insurance companies these days. 

On the bright side, any health care savings plan that you have set up can often be used for Rolfing. I can provide receipts for the deduction.(*This depends on each individual  so you'll have to check with your insurance plan in advance to see if Rolfing could be submitted.)