“Advanced Rolfing” means that the practitioner has not only passed the “Basic Rolfing Training” and assessments, is a member of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute (www.rolf.org) in good standing, but has also continued their training with ongoing classes and eventually passed the “Advanced Rolfing Training”, which is yet another certification course.
Traditional Rolfing® is done as a series of ten consecutive sessions, what we call “The Ten Series” — see an overview here.
Advanced Rolfing training prepares the Rolfer to work outside of the Ten Series, adapt the work to fit various pathologies and conditions, and design a short series based on the situation and needs of the individual client. Most Advanced Rolfers still recommend the Ten Series to begin, but there are cases in which a client is not resourced enough to start a holistic system. Lu is always happy to give a free phone consultation and make a personal recommendation.
Lu became a Rolfer® after already working with manual therapy for about ten years. Even with a special certification in alignment-based exercises that stabilize joints and offer support, and working as an acupuncture physician, Lu found that her patients didn’t truly change what they did with their bodies.
Rolfing Structural Integration aims at facilitating change — it is more an educational system than tissue work, even though the work on the tissues takes up most of the time of each session.
The Ten Series leads to more mobility, sure, but more importantly, a lot more detailed awareness of all the parts of the body in three dimensions. It’s often after Session #3 that clients say “I noticed I was just standing in line at the store, and I wasn’t shuffling from one foot to the other — I was just comfortably standing!”
Around sessions #5-6, clients often say they suddenly walk faster.
These changes are mostly unconscious. Of course, targeted movement work (we have our own system, Rolf Movement® can help a lot, but even the structural work alone, without any instructions, helps the brain organize balance and motion in a way that uses gravity as a support instead of a force to fight against.
As one of the physiology teachers at the Rolf Institute, Lu knows the effects on both fascia and the nervous system. One of our colleagues, Robert Schleip, has done a lot of research with the University Hospital in Ulm, Germany, about this.
Lu is offering Rolfing sessions at her office in Boulder, CO, on 3333 Iris Avenue. About twice a year Lu visits www.balanceorlando.com, the business she founded in Orlando.
Cost of treatments with Lu
First Visit: $95 (full session, at least 60 minutes, with assessment and recommendations of how to continue) Lu has a network of graduates in the area, and can recommend the student clinics at the Rolf Institute. Her goal is to inform and orient clients, not to build a business, so she likes to make a first appointment accessible. This can be Session #1 of a Ten Series.
Follow-Up: $180 (full Rolfing session, at least 60min) For clients who, for whatever reason, prefer to continue working with Lu.
Classes at the Rolf Institute are 6-8 weeks long, and Lu teaches 3-5 every year, travels to Germany and Florida regularly, so she’s not always available for a Ten Series.