My last post here discussed my desire and intention to give Rolfing a try. Rolfing is a method of structural integration that manipulates your connective tissue in order to realign the body. A deep tissue massage for your fascia, if you will. As a yogi, a dancer, and a human, I am exploring this treatment to increase the overall comfort level in my body. I also want to specifically address alignment challenges I’m having due to bunions, which I was lucky enough to genetically inherit from the women in my family. 😉
Finding a ROLFER
Once I decided to give Rolfing a try, I had to focus on finding a practitioner who could take me through the 10-or so sessions that a full Rolfing series requires. There were a handful of Rolfers in my local area, including several with 10-20 years of experience. I made several long phone calls to these individuals, asked them any questions I had, and had them walk me through their approach.
One of the practitioners, Matthew Williams (KMI LMT, BCSI), asked me to come in for a free consultation session. During this session, he spent a significant amount of time talking to me about what he does and how he came to be such a believer in Rolfing. (A massage therapist–turned Rolfer, after he realized that structural integration had longer lasting impacts.) He also listened while I told him every little thing I could think of that would be relevant to our shared goals in the sessions, should we continue to work together. After that, he had me do a series of exercises that taught him about my starting point in this process. Before the session ended, he even did a bit of body work on me to get things started. By the time I left, I realized I had been in there for two hours!
I decided to go with Matthew because of 4 reasons:
- He volunteered a lot of his time to help me explore the potential of treatment with him. I felt that his priority was that I find the right practitioner to help me. If that happens to mean I return to him, that’s great, but I feel confident I could bump into him on the street and not feel the slightest bit weird about not having returned to him either, as long as I had found the treatment I was seeking.
- His office is literally right across the street from my home. So close in fact, that even biking there would be ridiculous. I could crawl there.
- He’s a little crazy. Yep. I thought on this for awhile, and decided that it’s a good thing. Some of the smartest people in the world are crazy as hell. We’re all a little crazy, at least he’s upfront about his crazy. 😉 (And yes, I’m sure he’s read this, and agrees!)
- His brain works completely different then mine. I am a kinesthetic person. I must do it, feel it, or experience to truly understand. He is the complete opposite, more visual, scientific, and theoretical. He looks at and understands the human body way differently than I do. I thought about this difference for awhile. Honestly, it held me up a little bit. But in the end I realized that maybe that difference is exactly what I need. Someone who understands the things I don’t about the inner workings of my muscles and tissue. Maybe it will allow him to notice things that I wouldn’t, and also analyze my situation from a fresh and contrasting perspective.
Updates Along The Way
I haven’t scheduled my first official session yet. That’s why I’ve labeled this article “Session 0”. Once I do, I will return here to share my experience with you all. Click Here To Get My Free 12 Session Rolfing Guide ♥
Do you have experience with Rolfing? I would love to hear from you, especially if you were a patient that completed the entire series! What did you think about it? Has it helped you? Do the results last long-term? Feel free to comment your experience below, or send me an email with your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.