Is Rolfing painful?

A question I get a lot is, is Rolfing painful. The short answer is no, not really. If you have an injury Rolfing needs to work deep to get you moving again. It might feel like you had a hard workout for a day or two afterwards but your injury will heal and your pain will be gone.

Rolfing is no more painful than a hard workout; when working with areas that are guarded or so stuck that they are causing daily pain Rolfing it will feel uncomfortable. You may be sore but no more than your best workout. And it will leave a lasting change. Getting to deep muscles and working out old restrictions can help the body tremendously! And I think it is a fair trade for increasing health and decreasing your overall pain.

How is Rolfing different than massage?

Rolfing is often related to massage because it is direct contact with the body trying to move soft tissue. But that is where the similarities stop. Massage works with muscle tissue to relieve stress and improve blood flow and it does feel wonderful; Rolfing is trying to work out restrictions in fascia. It’s goal is to bring your body into alignment. This way you move easier, have less pain, and have more energy. My personal goal is to get you out of pain, moving correctly and feeling amazing. I want to get you deep, long-lasting results.

How much does it cost?

Rolfing is an investment into your health and wellness. Nothing could be more important! The sooner you address an issue, the less it will cost you. If you leave a sore back alone for years, it will eventually give out. At this point, you may be spending time and money at a doctor or physical therapist office and looking at a long road to recovery. But if you take care of it early, we can get it fixed and have you back to normal in no time. My sessions are $130/hr but I offer discounts for clients who want to prepay for a set of sessions. On rare occasions for emergencies, I will see clients for shorter sessions.

Normal Rate Prepay Discount
1 hour session
(no discount available)
5 sessions
5 sessions prepaid
10 sessions
10 Sessions prepaid
20 min (existing clients only)
(no discount available)


There are no refunds for prepaid sessions.

How long does it last?

The changes in Rolfing can be permanent. Since Rolfing works at a deep level and creates real changes in the body’s structure it will stay in place until you overstress it or injure it. But Rolfing also teaches you important principles to keep your body strong. If you make a habit of the things you learn, you will have very long-lasting results.