1. What happens during a Rolfing Session?

In the beginning of the session, your Rolfer will examine your standing, walking and sitting in order to determine your body structure and movement pattern.  During the actual session, most of the time you are lying relaxed on a treatment couch, while the Rolfer uses his or her hands to apply specific pressure to certain parts of your body.  Occasionally the manual work on the treatment couch is also done with the client sitting or standing.  The suitable clothing for both ladies and men is the undergarments.

2. How long does a session last?

A session lasts about 60 minutes.  Rolfing is more about achieving a specific goal within the session than about the duration of the session. The duration may be slightly longer or shorter, so Rolfing is calculated by session.  The fee per session is therefore not changed. 

3. How many sessions are needed?

If you only want a short-term relief of pain, one to three sessions will often show good results.  If you are interested in long-lasting results, it is recommended to complete a series of 10 sessions.  The ideal interval between the sessions is 1 week.

4. Does Rolfing help for…?

The goal of Rolfing is not to remove symptoms, but rather to achieve long-lasting improvement of structure, posture and movement patterns in the whole body.  If your pains (for example back and sciatic pain, neck and shoulder pain, tension headaches etc) are a result of bad structure and posture, or burdensome movement, then there is a good chance that your pains can be completely eliminated through Rolfing.

Please refer to the page ‘Who gets Rolfed?’ for more details.

5. Does Rolfing hurt?

As Rolfing sometimes reaches to the deep lying tissue, some intense yet subtle pressure may be applied.  The Rolfer’s touch ranges from very soft to intense.  If it exceeds the pain limit set by yourself, you just inform your Rolfer and the intensity of the touch will be adapted to your needs.

6. Is Rolfing also suitable for children?

Rolfing can be used for children of all ages.  The ten-session series of about 90 minutes each, as recommended for adults, is however not suitable.  The sessions are mostly shorter and the intervals between the sessions may be longer.

Ida P. RolfIda P. Rolf, a native New Yorker, graduated from Barnard Collegein 1916.

Annette Pearsall
Rolfing has been the best manipulation therapy for me. I no longer have a frozen shoulder and my muscles and joints are feeling much better.
Lee Wei Seong
Catherine Fong has helped me to regain the use of my right knee after a few sessions of Rolfing.
Jan Signell
I have tested many types of sport massages, gym sessions and Pilates in order to improve my posture and to reduce back pain.
David Yong
After seeing many doctors and numerous pairs of "new technology" shoes the pain at my left heel not only persisted but got worse.
Celine Ooi
I never thought of doing Rolfing because I do not have any injuries or body pains. I was pre-occupied, "hooked" actually with my private Pilates sessions with Cat.