Rolfing addresses the challenges in your body so you can better face the challenges in your life.
This work is unique to our study of Buddhism, Rolfing and the healing arts. The work we do at Bodhi Heart goes beyond Rolfing, Structural Integration, and massage, and engages directly with your body’s innate capacity to heal.
A PROFOUND FORM OF PAIN RELIEF
Would you like to find relief from physical issues such as sciatic pain, scoliosis discomfort, shoulder pain, knee pain, upper back pain, posture issues, plantar fasciitis, headaches (including migraines), tinnitus, lower back pain, stiff back, stiff neck, burning, throbbing, pulling, stabbing, or hip pain?
Maybe you’re very active and want to improve your athletic performance?
Or, you might be a little curious about improving your overall well-being and searching for new ways to move beyond your current physical limitations and reach new goals.
Also, perhaps you want to address pain related to emotional events and life transitions, such as grief, career change, a healing crisis, profound spiritual shifts, parenthood, etc.
Rolfing with Soken can help you remove physical and emotional blockages so that you can continue to pursue your life as a flourishing human being.
ROLFING IS A HOLISTIC TREATMENT THAT PROMOTES SELF HEALING.
Named after its founder Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing is a profound healing art that can effectively relieve pain, discomfort, improve postural, and catalyze personal transformation.
Rolfing addresses the body’s connective tissues (called ‘fascia’) to affect significant change and promote self-healing. Rolfing helps the body release physical and emotional suffering so you can flourish in life, move without pain, and continue to grow with simplicity, intelligence, and grace.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED?
You may want anywhere from one session to many more, depending on the severity of your physical or emotional challenges. So, give me a call to discuss the best treatment plan for you.
Also, some clients have a practice of coming in once or twice a week, sometimes for years.
Indeed, these clients use Rolfing as a holistic approach to spiritual wellness. Overall, they find that Rolfing supports and nourishes their health and well-being.
Weekly sessions can help you keep physically fit, achieve your goals, relieve stress, stay relaxed, creative, and spiritually nimble.
In general, good habits, support systems, consistency, and regularity help you stay healthy and thrive in a busy, productive life.
WALK THROUGH A SESSION
RELEASE — REALIGN — RESTORE — REVIVE
Releasing strains in the upper body (e.g. shoulders, rib cage and spine) can make it easier for you to breathe and increase the amount of oxygen that flows in your body, which brings more nourishment to your cells and can help to strengthen your immune system.
Working with fascia to realign bones and joints in the feet, legs and pelvis can create a feeling of being grounded and stable. As a result of this support, your spine is less likely to spasm or “go out.”
Restoring order and function to muscle and nerves allows them to do the job that they were meant to do. This frees them from having to compensate for other muscles and nervous system functions that have become stressed, confused, overworked or gone “off-line.”
Sometimes Craniosacral Therapy is used to release lesions that prohibit the flow of your cerebrospinal fluid. To receive work at deep level allows you to cultivate an awareness of your body that can lead to options for movement and comfort that you may not have been able to imagine otherwise.
We take appointments at our New York City studio. Each session is typically 60 minutes. Please contact us to find out more and/or book a session.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rolfing Structural Integration is a profound form of bodywork, effective for relief from pain and discomfort, postural improvement, and personal transformation.
Named after its founder Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing works to bring people out of physical suffering into a brighter life.
Through a series of physical touches, Rolfing re-organizes the connective tissues, called fascia, to affect change in the body.
Rolfing treats both physical pain and energetic, emotional blockages. Because it is a holistic treatment, Rolfing removes obstacles to your body’s self-healing process.
Rolfing treatments encourage your body’s innate capacity to heal so that you may flourish in your life and move with simplicity and grace.
I work with people like you — Those who are actively seeking a fresh approach to pain relief or a new perspective on managing health and well-being.
Like you, my clients are forward thinkers. They are a unique group who follow their own path and they come from many walks of life and professions including medical doctors, lawyers, executives, fashion designers, students, architects, athletes, yogis, actors, retirees, editors, writers, entrepreneurs, business owners, parents, and computer engineers.
There is no single benefit to Rolfing. Rolfing can potentially help you improve athletic performance, perform daily tasks with more efficiency, and alleviate pain.
Clients report the following improvements from Rolfing:
- Improved balance
- Feeling grounded
- Feeling at ease
- Improved posture
- Elimination of pain
- A sense of flourishing
- Moving with more grace
- A feeling of support in the body
- A sense of the body’s capacity to heal
First, you should prepare for your session by wearing or bringing comfortable clothes like yoga pants, a T-shirt, or shorts.
The Rolfing process itself is pretty simple:
- Your session will be 60 minutes long.
- You will be lying down, standing, or walking during the session.
- You can expect the Rolfing treatment to involve physical touch, palpation, pressing contact, and pressing.
After the session, I recommend that you drink plenty of water. You can usually get right back to anything you were doing before treatment— work, life, play, or whatever.
You may want to plan some downtime after your session if you are coming in physically tired or emotionally depleted. In these situations or after a deep opening, people feel tired, sensitive, or spacey after a session.
Rolfing is a highly personal matter. The important thing is to find a Rolfer you like, who understands you, your body’s needs, and how to address them.
“The pressure of my massage can be as strong as an elephant’s leg, but it can also be as soft as an angel’s robe brushing against one’s cheek — it just depends on the situation.” –Soken
Soken came to this work after completing 10 years of monastic training as a Buddhist monk. Upon graduating, his 105-year-old teacher suggested that Soken study Rolfing to make his way in the world as a monk. Soken started his Rolfing practice in San Francisco in 2009 and has been Rolfing in NYC since 2016.
Dr. Ida P. Rolf (May 19, 1896 – March 19, 1979) was he creator of Rolfing, Structural Integration. Dr. Rolf, biochemist and medical researcher, continues to be recognized as a pioneer and leader in soft tissue manipulation and movement education.
New Yorkers want to exceed themselves, go further and push harder. The demanding environment of New York City makes self-care and personal maintenance a vital part of everyday life. Rolfing can keep you grounded and give you an advantage in this competitive environment.