FAQ - frequently asked questions

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    How does the rolfing session work?
    1. The session begins with a short observation phase (body reading). The client positions themselves and is asked to take a few steps. As they do so, the rolfer notes their patterns of posture and movement.
    2. This is followed by manual work on the body’s fascia network. The person being treated lies on the treatment table or sits on a treatment bench, while the rolfer uses their fingers, knuckles, fists and lower arms to work the layers of the fascia.
    3. During or after the manual treatment, there is often an interactive section involving movement and perception training.
  • A rolfing series generally consists of ten sessions, each lasting between 60 and 75 minutes, taking place between one and three weeks apart. Each meeting builds systematically on the previous one. During the course of treatment, the body gradually realigns within the gravitational field. The body finds a natural, more effortless posture with increased freedom of movement and an improved physical feeling. The results of the manual treatment are consolidated by targeted movement training and activation of self perception.

    • Sessions 1-3

    The first three sessions are devoted mainly to the more superficial fascia. They open the ribcage and the shoulder girdle, and organise the feet and legs in order to better support natural patterns of movement.

    • Sessions 4-7

    These sessions are devoted to the deeper fascia. The link between feet, legs, torso and head becomes increasingly perceptible. Alignment improves along the client’s inner vertical axis, relieving the spine.

    • Sessions 8-10

    The last three sessions serve to integrate all newly experienced body segments. Newly acquired stability and flexibility allow for improved balance and a more nuanced perception of one’s own body and movements. It becomes possible at all times to find back to an upright and relaxed position.

  • In order to consolidate what has been learned, or if the individual chooses to do so, the series of ten sessions can be continued and supplemented. A treatment concept is developed for the further sessions based on the situation at that point. Top sportspersons and people who endure significantly one-sided physical stresses in the workplace are particularly likely to require further treatment.

  • It’s not essential to complete the full series of ten sessions. After each session the client is asked whether or not they wish to continue treatment.

  • Since rolfing helps to bring back the function and elasticity of the fascia and muscles, and also increases the client’s self-perception, the body realigns itself within the gravitational field. What’s more, the person’s general relationship with their environment also changes for the better. The effect of rolfing® on each individual client nevertheless depends on individual physical, mental and spiritual factors and their interplay. Also crucial is the client’s openness and willingness to participate actively in the change process. That’s why there is no straight answer to the question of how long the benefit lasts.

  • Rolfing initially had a reputation of being painful. Back then, manual treatments were more intense, but rolfing has developed continuously and a more pleasant form of manipulative fascia work has become established as a result. Nevertheless, different people perceive the intensity of the treatment differently, depending on various factors. Some perceive it as pleasantly relaxing, while others find it more intense (a kind of pain that feels good). It’s important that people’s individual pain thresholds are never exceeded, however.

  • It is crucial that the woman informs the Rolfer™ if she is pregnant, since treatment of pregnant women differs significantly from general rolfing treatments. Treatment is not advisable during the first trimester. From the second and third trimesters, rolfing can be applied in agreement with the client’s doctor. Depending on the woman’s history and the course of her pregnancy, rolfing can actually help reduce or even prevent potential problems during pregnancy.

  • Rolfing can help with a wide variety of structural problems in children too. The process is also extremely useful in guiding them towards holistic healthcare. Children’s sessions are shorter and the intervals between the sessions are longer.

  • A rolfing session costs CHF 165.00 and lasts between 70 and a maximum of 75 minutes.

    Please note: If you are unable to attend the session, please notify me no later than 24 hours in advance. Clients who fail to do so will be charged for the session.

  • Supplementary insurance policies may cover some of the services, but a basic policy will not include it. The deductible you will have to pay depends on the health insurance provider and the type of supplementary insurance. Ask your health insurance provider for more information!

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