1. Doesn’t Rolf Structural Integration & deep bodywork hurt?
The slow, deep contacts in this highly refined fascia work should not be painful. Usually, pain comes from either a therapist moving too deep too fast, or the client has been trained to receive painful bodywork. All contacts should stay on the pleasure side of pain – that place of a deep stretch or movement where you know something is happening. It may feel intense, but in a good way! In all sessions, I highly encourage each client to be an integral part of the therapeutic process. This means staying conscious and supplying feedback to me. No pain, no gain is a myth in bodywork!
In CranioSacral Therapy, we use a very gentle touch – 5 grams of pressure – about the weight of a dime. Although this is a light and relaxing touch, it is deep and profound work.
2. What’s the difference between your work and traditional massage?
My work focuses on the connective tissue called the fascia. Fascia surrounds every muscle, so you cannot work on fascia without working on muscle. The difference is that fascia has the ability to move from a more and reshape from the pressure and heat of my hands. There are different depths and composition to the layers of fascia, which allows both superficial and deep structural work to happen. This provides lasting change to postural balance and goes beyond the goals of most massage therapy to relax and improve circulation.
3. What do I wear for a session?
This depends on what type of session you are receiving.
For Rolf Structural session, clients wear underwear, 2 piece bathing suits or shorts. We need contact combined with the movement that is required in the Structural session. This requires clothes that work with movement, yet allow a large amount of skin contact.
For a CranioSacral Therapy session, clients are fully clothed on top of sheets.
In all cases, sheets and blankets are available for warmth.
4. How many sessions do I need?
That depends on your goals. Generally, any pain or discomfort has not happened immediately – it has accumulated over time. That means that more than one session is needed to re-align your body. Usually, three sessions bring about a dramatic change. For some, this is enough. Others want to continue the process and apply it thoroughly throughout their entire body. Ten sessions is a complete series that addresses the whole body in terms of deep tissue work. Tune up sessions are recommended after the 10 series, but completely optional.
CranioSacral Therapy is integrative work, but works on a more subtle level. Here again, it depends on your goals, but three sessions are a good amount to provide a dramatic, lasting change in the physical body and beyond. Usually, 3-6 sessions of CranioSacral therapy provides lasting relief for the presenting challenge.
5. What ages can receive your bodywork?
All ages can receive both structural and CranioSacral work. CranioSacral is extremely gentle and can be experienced by infants, as well as the elderly, with the least amount of contraindications. Deeper work for the young or elderly is evaluated on an individual basis.