certified advanced rolfer®
rolf movement® practitioner

Heidi Massa

Is Rolfing® Structural Integration for You?

Who benefits from Rolfing® Structural Integration?

What makes Rolfing special?

It's a limited intervention that brings long-term structural and functional change -- not just short-term symptom relief. When real change happens, those aches, pains and limiting restrictions tend to fall away. Excess effort is abandoned in favor of ease. You look good and feel good.

Is the Rolfing approach like chiropractic, massage or physical therapy? No.

First, it doesn't diagnose or treat any disease, injury or pathology. It’s education -- and it's probably not much like anything else you've tried. If you’re done being drugged, cut, cracked, mashed, pummeled and tenderized only to be back to Square One a few days later, try something different. Try Rolfing.

What's the Rolfing experience like?

Tailoring: An integrated body feels like your most comfortable clothes: you don’t notice them because they don't cramp your style:

Conducting: An integrated body is like a fine orchestra or a tight jazz band:

Engineering: An integrated body is a well-balanced tension structure:

Is Rolfing for everyone? No.

Is it for everything? No.

For many goals and situations, it is not the first or best choice. Unless Heidi believes that a Rolfing series is as good or better than anything else you could be doing to meet your current goals, she will refer you elsewhere, to a modality or practitioner that’s right for you right now.

Is a Rolfing series 10 sessions? Not necessarily.

The 10-session series is a great protocol for intervention. Some Rolfers stick to this recipe; but many with advanced training and expertise prefer to customize the series for each client, and the number of sessions varies accordingly.

Do Rolfing sessions hurt? No.

Things have changed since the early days when some clients did experience discomfort during sessions. Besides, you're always in charge: if what's happening ever feels like too much for you, it stops.

Are Rolfing sessions covered by insurance? No.

Unlike chiropractic or physical therapy, a Rolfing session isn't a medical treatment -- "alternative" or otherwise -- so most health insurers don’t cover it. If your employer provides a flex-spend plan, you might be able to use that.

Do Rolfing benefits last? Yes.

Better yet, they're usually progressive: with greater body and movement awareness, clients continue to improve over time — even long after their sessions are over. Of course, when stress and the vicissitudes of life take their toll, many clients return for more work or occasional tune-ups. But as Ida Rolf put it, “After a Rolfing series, you’re a Jaguar. No matter what happens, you won't turn into a Ford again.”

Rolfing®: Change Happens