Rolfing sessions are a therapeutic, dynamic, ongoing exchange between the Rolfer and client, who work together to tailor each session to the client's body. You are always free to verbalize if you find something uncomfortable, strange, curious or wonderful!
We begin and finish each session with a short discussion of your current experience of your body and a visual assessment of your body's structure. Most of the session will take place on a massage table, at which time the Rolfer will use their fingers, knuckles, palms, and forearms to manually manipulate the fascia. Your participation is important and your Rolfer may occassionally cue you to make specific movements or change into certain positions to assist them.
Rolfing, named for its founder Ida Rolf, aims to create lasting change in the body's structure, alignment, and relationship to gravity. Whether you have past injuries that tend to flare up, chronic pain, or simply a desire to improve your posture, Rolfing can bring the relief you are looking for.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the stretchy membranous webbing that surrounds and connects muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, and bones. Fascia is so integral to our body's structure that it influences the way we breathe, stretch, walk, jump, and move. Every human activity is helped, or hindered, by the health of this connective tissue.
Fascia can become hardened and thickened by injury, accident, age or postural habits. The goal of Rolfing is to release the fascia enough for muscles to relax and stretch, and for joints to reorganize themselves. Using gentle pressure at key points on the fascial layer, Rolfers manipulate the superficial fascia with their fingers, palms, and forearms to bring the release -and reliefthe body has been waiting for.
What does Rolfing feel like?
There is a rumor going around that Rolfing is painful. Let us dispel that myth - it isn't! Founder Ida Rolf believed that fascia tightens as a protective mechanism, so an aggressive approach is actually counter-productive. Our Rolfer, KB, is known for her gentle but highly effective touch.
How Can I Benefit from Rolfing?
Almost everyone can benefit from Rolfing; many people who find their way into a Rolfing session have "tried everything else" and no other therapy has successfully addressed their issues. Common conditions Rolfing treats include:
- Chronic low back pain
- Chronic headaches
- Tight neck and shoulders
- Repetitive sports injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- TMJ syndrome
- ... and many others!
What is the Rolfing 101 Series?
Rolfing is most effective when done using the well-designed 10 Series. The series is ideally completed over ten weeks, with each session building upon the previous one.
For example, in Session One, focus is on the upper body: on opening the path of the breath by loosening tight fascial layers around the shoulders, neck, ribcage, arms and hands. Many people find themselves hunching forward, rounding their shoulders over a computer keyboard, and then realize they are unable to "straighten up" - like wearing a wetsuit one size too small. Rolfing removes that wetsuit beginning with the first session, and continues the process in following sessions into other areas of the body. By the end of ten sessions, there will be a "new you" that was there all along, freed from the restrictive wetsuit and ready to get moving!
What do I wear?
Please wear something that you will be comfortable standing, walking, and moving around in. Gym shorts or boxer briefs for men, and yoga shorts and a sports bra for women are recommended.
What else can I expect?
Although KB's primary training is in Rolfing, she has also pursued continuing education in Craniosacral Therapy and SourcePoint Therapy. SourcePoint Therapy is an energetic approach to healing which seeks to re-connect the individual with the energetic blueprint for human health. Both Craniosacral and SourcePoint Therapies dovetail well with Rolfing and can also be used separately. They are apppropriate for people with conditions that counter-indicate Rolfing, such as: pregnancy, active cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or other inflammatory conditions.
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“After the first session I felt relaxed and had significantly less pain. I expected my aches to return as they usually do after regular PT sessions or massage, but my body really seemed to get back on track. I've returned to my normal gym routine with little trouble. My second Rolfing session is scheduled! KB definitely knows what she's doing.”
“Castle Hill is extremely fortunate to have such a talented practitioner of Rolfing in house. It is a fine balance of science and the healing arts and KB knows her craft well.”
“I saw KB for pain in my foot and knee that was preventing me from working out. I saw her for one Rolfing session and then was able to return to my normal workout two days later.”
Meet KB Imle, Certified Rolfer
Hello! I'm Kara B. Imle, Certified Rolfer. My passion lies in helping you unlock your body's potential to move freely, easily and with more energy and grace. Sciatica, scoliosis, frozen shoulder, neck pain, carpal tunnel, bulging discs, low back pain--I look at all of these things as challenges we can meet and engage together to get you back in action. I personally discovered Rolfing after years of neck and spinal pain and migraines which did not abate with other types of care. When Rolfing addressed my discomfort and corrected some longstanding postural issues, I decided I had to learn the skill myself. I graduated from the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO in 2009 and have been loving my work ever since! I recently relocated to Austin, TX so that I could take advantage of the warmer weather and remain active outdoors year-round. When not working I can be found taking in the music scene; kayaking and canoeing the waterways; and hiking Austin's many trails with my therapy dog, Benson.