Here you will find a short summary of the questions I regularly hear from clients/patients and my answers to them. My Rolfing ABC, of course, contains my view on the costs in Rolfing and their recoverability. And then people often ask me if I’m currently still indulging in Rolfing sessions myself – YES, definitely! I change depending on need my buddy Rolfer, but not the method.
Price for a Rolfing Session
Important informaion first – what does it cost:
- Rolfing sessions lasts about 75 minutes.
- Price for a session is 110€.
- For the first session plan 90 minutes. Pricing remains the same.
- Children and teens cost half, but I usually shorten the time to about 45 minutes.
- You pay cash or on account, but I prefer the bill. You receive invoice or receipt via email.
- Here you find how to prepare for a Rolfing session.
No – Rolfing Costs
Behind an amount of money is always your appreciation for what you get for it.
- Hairdresser 30 € – 80 €
- journeyman roofer 60 €/hour
- Dental prophylaxis 80 €
- Inspection Golf 400 €
- Most frequent surgery in dogs € 420 – € 1,000
- Arthroscopy of the knee 2.300 € (according to WDR 19.06.2017)
- Rolfing session 110 € – for children and teenagers 60 €
The question is, “Are you worth it?”
Billing according to GebüH for alternative practitioners
The services of alternative practitioners can only be billed through private health insurance companies. But – regardless of your level of insurance – health insurance companies should take care of basic insurance, pre- and aftercare is your personal responsibility. You are also responsible for the health of your knee and what you do or do not do for it. A knee surgery is only a last resort in case of an existing damage, you should become active before! The rule is: “Prevention is better than cure”. Even though this saying is very old, it has lost nothing of its topicality.
No – Fascia fitness or yoga are no substitute for Rolfing.
It is good if you are actively occupied with your body, if you practice sports, yoga or fascial fitness. However, there are areas of your body that you cannot reach without foreign hands and the neutral, foreign gaze – not even from the yoga headstand with crossed legs, not even with a fascia roll.
Why can’t you “yoga your way out of everything”?
- not have sufficient patience with yourself, i.e. you are
- too impatient and
- change your position
- go too far
- are too fast
- ignore your own warning signals
- compare yourself with your competitors
- pay attention to the familiar in your body and overlook the new in the process
- are not benevolent to yourself, but enter into a competition against your body
Sustainability versus speed
A painkilling tablet works faster, as does a prompt readjustment of a joint. The aim of Rolfing is to create long-term changes so that painkillers become less frequent or chiropractic adjustments no longer have to be made. I.e. not that clients/patients do not report drastic changes, even after the first session. Nevertheless – changes need time to stabilize in the body. The strength of Rolfing lies in dealing with chronic conditions and achieving improvement and relief.
Success is how you feel
Everyone can benefit from the 10 Series. This conviction is based on my own experiences and daily observations. In addition, we should all regularly place ourselves in good hands in order to train our perception and have a minimum of maintenance carried out on ourselves. And I take my own medicine, treat myself to exactly that – good hands for the maintenance and training of my body.
When I hear and read full-bodied statements about other forms of therapy and when there is talk of an efficacy of 70% or even 90%, then take a look at clinical studies, e.g. on antibiotics – a substance from which we as laymen actually expect an efficacy of 100% – for example here. I think that would lead to more modesty.
Yes to compatibility of Rolfing and other forms of therapy
The prerequisite for good success is that all therapists involved think and talk about each other in a benevolent manner. Manual forms of therapy are a good basis if there is a similar understanding of pain and painful forms of therapy.
If you’re in psychiatric treatment.
- the management of the overall therapy is in the hands of the psychic therapy
- every therapist knows about each other
- the psychic therapist approves an increased self-body reference
Yes – unexpected effects of Rolfing that you should know about
Changes in the body’s tension pattern often lead to the activation of muscles that have previously been used less frequently. These muscle parts are now very suddenly exposed to an increased load, which can then lead to muscle soreness. The astonishing thing is, on the one hand, that this muscle soreness can occur in areas that have not been treated at all. On the other hand, it stands in stark contrast to the well-being of the Rolfing treatment itself. It often affects the deeper lying small muscles, e.g. in the back, and can be a little mean. You should welcome this muscle soreness as it disappears in a few days and shows you that your body has reacted with activation.
Rolfing – Your care afterwards
You should drink a lot. By activating the tissue, waste products are absorbed via the bloodstream and must then be excreted via a good kidney performance. This is supported by hydration. It’s like wiping a floor, if you feud areas where you haven’t been for a long time, you have to change the water more often.
Plan time for yourself and move if possible. Take a walk, for example. If you want change, then don’t stay in your rut. I’m sure that’s easier said than done. So for the next step, look for the height that you can handle well.
Overexertion: If you have to mobilize your last reserves when you reach your limits in a competition, then fall back on tried and tested methods and don’t try out new ones lightly. I.e., sportsmen come to me, e.g. before a marathon, who want to run well mobilized and without tension and thus efficiently. This is certainly also a good application of Rolfing. For people seeking long-term change, however, such competition is counterproductive. Become familiar with your new possibilities before you challenge yourself anew.
Posture – mirror of our history
We all go through the same process of erection in our lives. At the beginning we lie and crawl and want to stand up against gravity in order to finally stand and walk like our parents on 2 legs. So we all have the same task and our attitude shows that we come to different results during our lives. Our attitude thus reflects our development and usually also reveals where our strengths and restrictions lie.
To put it osteopathically: Posture is the test against gravity to detect dysfunctions. And Rolfer are specially trained to read the posture and thus recognize strengths and weaknesses.
Rolfing basic concept and special requirements
I compared the 10-series to a spring clean. (here to this article …). By that I mean that this systemic approach still takes into account individual needs. The strength of the Rolfing series is to at least once take different points of view on our body and thus also to promote the hidden. Thoroughness can be very valuable and as mentioned above, everyone can benefit from it. And it would be wrong to believe that this formalistic treatment just does you good. No, many complaints are treated directly!
Rolfing treatment for special ailments
Independent of the 10 series, Rolfing can be used as a fascial form of therapy to deal very specifically with complaints such as consequences of pregnancy, consequences of ageing, scars or back pain and much more. This treatment takes place outside the classic 10 series. Sometimes, however, the desire develops to treat oneself to the 10 series as well, since the effect on one’s own body has become clearer.
After a series of 10 it makes sense to carry out regular basic maintenance of your own system. In our lives we do not remain stuck in an attitude, but are exposed to many influences. This means that we learn again and again to adopt new attitudes and to do so with as little wear and tear as possible.
If you do not find your question answered in this Rolfing ABC, please do not hesitate to reach out for me.