What is Fascia?

Fascia is a thin connective tissue that covers every muscle, bone, nerve and organ in the body. It has an internal resistance to stretch, which helps us keep our shape and form. However, injuries, chronic stress or strain, aging and even normal wear and tear on the body can cause fascia to thicken into sticky adhesions. Over time we develop long-term or deeply held holding patterns that restrict movement and cause pain.

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing bodywork affects the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial system (connective tissue). Often considered a deep-tissue approach, Rolfing aims to ease strain patterns in the entire body strucutre. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing creates more efficient muscle use, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Rolfing has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress, reduce spinal curvature in subjects with lordosis (sway back), and enhance neurological functioning.

Is Rolfing the same as a deep tissue massage?

No. Through soft tissue manipulation and movement education, Rolfers affect body posture and structure over the long-term. Unlike massage, which often focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning. Rolfing is different from deep-tissue massage, in that practitioners are trained to systematically address chronic strain patterns that cause pain and stress on the body throughout the entire structure. 

Is Rolfing painful?

No. I work with each individual client to determine his or her comfort level, and encourage every client to communicate immediately if she/he is uncomfortable. Sensations in the area being worked may range from pleasurable warmth to momentary discomfort. Two frequent comments made during Rolfing® sessions are, “It hurts, but it feels good at the same time” and, “I’ve been waiting for years for someone to do this”. 

How you will feel during Rolfing® depends on several factors such as injuries to the area or tension caused by chronic stress. 

What can I expect during a Rolfing session?

Rolfing sessions  tend to last from 60-75 minutes. The first session is often longer (about 75-90 minutes) because there is a consultation and intake process included. A variety of hands-on techniques, movements and cues are used during the session, and the client is often actively involved and engaged in the work. Before and during the session, I may have you stand up or move around so we can assess any changes in your body, and determine what we need to focus on next. 

Do I have to schedule a 3, 5 or 10 session Series?

No. Please come in and try a session. If you are happy with the results you get, you are encouraged to try the next two sessions. By the end of your third session you will have a clear sense of whether or not the 5 or 10 series are for you, and you can sign up  for a 5 or 10 series at that time, with the discounted pricing applied to your total series package. 

What should I wear for a Rolfing session?

Since you will be involved in the work and moving around or standing, you will need to wear something comfortable and loose fitting. For men, briefs or gym shorts are preferable. For women, exercise shorts, swim trunks, or underwear with a bra, sports bra, or a flexible cami-type tank top are recommended.

About Keri Kay

In 2015, while experiencing chronic back pain from an auto accident in her teens, Keri found Rolfing Structural Integration and signed up for the Rolfing Ten Series. Based on her positive results and the relief she experienced through Rolfing, Keri decided to switch from a career in Corporate Human Resources to a career in the health field. 

Keri Kay graduated from the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO, as a Certified Rolfer. She attended massage therapy school at the Central Oklahoma College and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She attended the Natural Equine Movement School in Battleground, WA, and is a Certified Equine Structural Integration practitioner. She has over 1850 hours of classroom training. 

Today, she is eager to work with individuals who are seeking to improve their posture, find better range of motion, or are looking for a hands-on bodywork therapy to address some of the root causes of their discomfort.