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Posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 15:00:55:

I'm considering some rolfing treatments and am interested in anyone's experiences, good or bad. It's a major investment at $100 a session. We have only a visiting rolfer once a month here, so I don't have wide selection of practitioners to choose from. Otherwise, I would have to drive 150 or 200 miles, which is not practical for me right now. The visiting rolfer is a certified advanced rolfer. I'm on the cancellation list for this month, but should be able to get an appointment for April.

I've read through some of the rolfing archives and most of the testimonials and discussions I've seen are 2-3 years old from posters I don't recognize. I don't recall too much discussion of rolfing since I started reading the board in the summer of 2001. But I still see Dr. Stoll recommending it often. Has anyone here actually done it?

Thanks for any info,
Nutmeg



Re: Rolfing experiences?

Posted by Suggestion on March 18, 2002 at 15:21:28:

In Reply to: Rolfing experiences? posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 15:00:55:

Hi Nutmeg,
I know someone who has had Rolfing experience.
Contact SHAPE (alternative.health@verizon.com)
He is very helpful.



What is Rolfing?

Posted by Rachel on March 18, 2002 at 17:28:42:

In Reply to: Rolfing experiences? posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 15:00:55:

nm



Re: What is Rolfing?

Posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 20:04:05:

In Reply to: What is Rolfing? posted by Rachel on March 18, 2002 at 17:28:42:

Rachel,

Start with the glossary/index on this website and scroll down to Rolfing. It gives a brief definition & a link to the archives on Rolfing. Also follow the link to the Rolfing website. That's about all I know, so far :)

Nutmeg

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Re: Rolfing experiences?

Posted by L. Luthor on March 18, 2002 at 22:24:50:

In Reply to: Rolfing experiences? posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 15:00:55:

Hi Nutmeg,

Dr. Stoll recommended Rolfing or deep tissue massage for me as a jumpstart to getting my body "back from the cliff" and a foundation for the coming months of Skilled Relaxation. I opted for Rolfing since the results are more profound and last much longer.

I have my fourth session (out of the 10) tomorrow. I have to say, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this therapy yet, but I will stick it out for a few more visits because it comes highly recommended.

The first session really knocked me out, supposedly from releasing toxins and/or reestablishing energy flow. The last two sessions were much more mild, localized and didn't cause much change for me. The Rolfer I am seeing has been practicing since the 80's, so I don't doubt his experience (his patient journal is filled with raves) and it could be that I have a ways to go. Each session tends to focus on particular areas according to the Rolfing method, but this can be frustrating for me since I have problems areas and want immediate relief (for instance neck and shouldars will have to wait until session 7). I am going to ask him about my concerns tomorrow, so we shall see. By April, I should have more feedback for you. I hope this helps and please let me know if you would like more specific information.



Why are you considering rolfing ?

Posted by Roy on March 18, 2002 at 23:12:49:

In Reply to: Rolfing experiences? posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 15:00:55:

I tried rolfing (3 sessions) last year to kick start my SR. I think it helped with things like posture and being aware of how I sit etc. She included some patient education along the way that pertained to whatever she was working on that session. ie. exercises or whatever. I can't honestly say it helped with the SR, but my gut feel is that I would have reached the same stage regardless. I also did not experience the "emotional releases" either that Walt says can accompany rolfing. I stopped due to $$$, but would like to continue when my financial situation improves.



PS. I'm a big-time bracer. nmi

Posted by Roy on March 18, 2002 at 23:13:36:

In Reply to: Why are you considering rolfing ? posted by Roy on March 18, 2002 at 23:12:49:




Re: Why are you considering rolfing ?

Posted by Nutmeg on March 19, 2002 at 01:46:56:

In Reply to: Why are you considering rolfing ? posted by Roy on March 18, 2002 at 23:12:49:

Roy,

I have had chronic pain for 20+ years, some of it resulting from two car accidents, the rest from stress, posture, lifestyle & diet. I've been going to chiropractors for over 10 years. I feel lots better than I used to several years ago, but I still feel unbalanced in my body, and feel as though it is my muscles that are supporting me, rather than my skeleton. No wonder I have pain and not a lot of energy. I was dx'ed with fibromyalgia and have lots of trigger point involvement, muscle spasms, pain in the muscle attachment areas, and joint pain. In the past 4 years I've had a number of different body work and body restructuring treatments done, in addition to chiropractic adjustments. They have all been beneficial, and I have improved, but my progress has been very slow.

I've got pretty severe pain now in one heel along with my other problem areas-SI joint, low back, hips/trochanter, upper back, and neck. I feel stuck now, not progressing at all. Working with my massage therapist, it feels like we know where most of the problems are, and that they are all connected, but it's pretty clear that we are not getting at the real cause through any of these treatments. There must be something out there that works.

I know chronic bracing is a big factor. I am working on my SR. I'm not perfect on that yet, but I know it is helping a lot. I just started taking magnesium glycinate last week for muscle relaxation. I also suspect there is a big emotional component to my pain that is preventing it from dissipating. Some of it has been with me for 20+ years, both from old injuries and stemming from tension during some very stressful and troubling times in my life. From what I have read, rolfing has the ability to deal with all of that, so it sounds very promising.

From the financial perspective, I've been spending about $200-$250 a month on bodywork for several years. As I mentioned, there is slow progress, but mostly I get only a few days of relative relief after each treatment. It feels like that money is almost wasted. Dr. Stoll replied to my heel pain post from last week that I might get relief for up to a year if I tried rolfing. The possibility of something more permanent than 2 days is very appealing, so I started looking into it.

Thanks for your reply, Roy. I appreciate your honesty about your experiences. I hope you are able to continue the treatments soon & maybe have a major breakthrough!

Nutmeg



Re: Rolfing experiences?

Posted by Nutmeg on March 19, 2002 at 01:56:56:

In Reply to: Re: Rolfing experiences? posted by L. Luthor on March 18, 2002 at 22:24:50:

Hi LL,

You've hit on something that bothers me too. To get the full benefit of rolfing, you have to go through the whole thing at their pace. It's a big investment to get sucked into if it ends up not working! At least I know what to expect from what I'm doing now. I've got major neck and shoulders stuff going on too and the thought of waiting 7 months for relief from rolfing doesn't sound too great.

I also heard a horror story (I have no doubt it's true, though) about someone having severe permanent damage done to an arm muscle during a rolfing treatment. I know these things can happen anytime, but it scared me. You never see those things written up in the patient journals in the waiting room!!

Good luck with #4. I hope you see some good benefits this time.

Trying to keep an open mind,
Nutmeg

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Re: Rolfing experiences?

Posted by Nutmeg on March 19, 2002 at 01:58:49:

In Reply to: Re: Rolfing experiences? posted by Suggestion on March 18, 2002 at 15:21:28:

Thanks for the suggestion, S! I'll wait a day or two to see if he(?) sees my post and replies here.

Nutmeg

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Yeah, me too. Welcome to the club! nmi

Posted by Nutmeg on March 19, 2002 at 02:02:10:

In Reply to: PS. I'm a big-time bracer. nmi posted by Roy on March 18, 2002 at 23:13:36:

nm

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Re: Rolfing experiences?

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 19, 2002 at 10:55:54:

In Reply to: Rolfing experiences? posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 15:00:55:

Hi, Nutmeg.

I would be concerned that you would get much less than ideal results with only once a month Rolfing sessions.

Personally, I have had Rolfing done twice (2-10 session Rolfings). I have posted MY experiences in the archives,

Typically, once one has had 10 Rolfing sessions, they no longer need the website and go on with their lives. That means that you may not get many testimonials. The ones you are likely to catch are those who still are having enough problems to stay with the BB.

Walt

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S.H.A.P.E., do you have rolfing experience you can share?

Posted by Nutmeg on March 19, 2002 at 14:09:25:

In Reply to: Rolfing experiences? posted by Nutmeg on March 18, 2002 at 15:00:55:

Someone suggested I contact you about your rolfing experiences. Are they posted in the archives somewhere?

Thanks,
Nutmeg

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Re: Rolfing experiences?

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 19, 2002 at 15:29:28:

In Reply to: Re: Rolfing experiences? posted by L. Luthor on March 18, 2002 at 22:24:50:

Hi, Lex and Nutmeg.

I know that everyone is different BUT, in my personal and professional experience, the most effective frequency is once or twice a week.

Walt

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Re: Why are you considering rolfing ?

Posted by Rebecca-NYC on March 19, 2002 at 23:02:57:

In Reply to: Re: Why are you considering rolfing ? posted by Nutmeg on March 19, 2002 at 01:46:56:

Just for my 2-cents: I have RA and could very well be the result of bracing and one of the things I have recently become aware of is that there are triggers that set my bracing in motion - when I am aware of the trigger, I try to de-mystify it (if you will),and see it as it really is, not loaded with interpretation. i.e.: a banging heating pipe is a banging heating pipe (annoying all by itself), but it is not a measure of my worth, my deservedness to have a silent home to live in, or a reminder that as a child I had to be quiet or my father would beat me, no - it is simply a banging heating pipe, here in present time. perhaps this will begin to help you....

I have also done the Rolfing-10 series. (pre-RA) and if I could afford it I'd do it again. I loved it!



Re: Why are you considering rolfing ? TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 20, 2002 at 11:11:35:

In Reply to: Re: Why are you considering rolfing ? posted by Rebecca-NYC on March 19, 2002 at 23:02:57:

Thanks, Rebecca NYC.

Walt

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Re: Why are you considering rolfing ?

Posted by Davetx on March 20, 2002 at 23:21:15:

In Reply to: Re: Why are you considering rolfing ? posted by Nutmeg on March 19, 2002 at 01:46:56:

Nutmeg, I can relate to your problems, and would like to give you some info that you may want to look into. It is called alphabiotics and if you wish you may call Dr. Virgil Chrane at 830-303-4747 to talk to him or e-mail at awake@alphabiotics.com. I can assure you this will not be a wasted call or e-mail. I have no ties to him at all, just wonderful results. After 20 years or more of constant pain and bracing, I am now totally pain free for the last 6 months and work and have the energy of most 25 year old folks. I still do my sr 2 times a day, but his intergration puts the sr in super overdrive for effectiveness. Take the chance and call or email him. He may be able to put you in contact with someone near you. Good luck



Re: Why are you considering rolfing ?

Posted by Rebecca-NYC on March 21, 2002 at 09:10:32:

In Reply to: Re: Why are you considering rolfing ? posted by Davetx on March 20, 2002 at 23:21:15:

OK - so what are "alphabiotics"? You could answer by starting a new string. I am sure many people would be interested.

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