What do I wear?
For women, underwear (including a bra) or a two-piece swimsuit is the minimum. For men, briefs, boxers or workout shorts are great.
This dress allows Alan to fully see the contours and movements of clients’ bodies and to work with them in a variety of positions. Alan will perform postural assessments, which are easier when clients wear clothing that does not hide their bodies.
Some clients prefer to wear a tank top and shorts, or yoga-type clothing. It is important that clothing is not too restrictive. If a client is uncomfortable with these choices, fuller clothing options still work. However, clothing that is too thick, slippery or excessively ornamented (buttons, rhinestones or sharp zipper teeth) can interfere with a session.
Although many Rolf Structural Integration adjustments can be made through fabric, working directly on a client’s body is usually more effective.
How much does Rolf Structural Integration cost?
See the Services or Fees pages for details. SI by Alan offers many options; keep in mind that a typical session lasts an hour and a half or longer.
Also keep in mind that unlike chiropractic and massage, Rolf Structural Integration addresses the root causes of pain by reshaping misaligned myofascial tissue back into its natural state. As a result, a typical Rolf Structural Integration regime requires far fewer appointments than a chiropractic regime and spaces these appointments further apart (no two-to-three-appointment-a-week schedules). Furthermore, Alan never requires X-rays, pushes nutritional or therapeutic products, and practices only Rolf Structural Integration. (He does not moonlight in acupuncture or other therapies.)
No argument that massage feels great. But more often than not the relaxation benefits of massage fade away because massage works on symptoms. Massage rarely addresses the structural reasons that cause a body to hold tension, pain and misalignment - but Rolf Structural Integration does. And unless a person addresses these root causes, all the relaxation in the world cannot cure their issues.
Chiropractic and massage, like other therapies, may still have their place in a healing regime. But Rolf Structural Integration makes for a better cornerstone to optimum health.
How do I make an appointment?
The Contact page shows how to contact Alan by phone or email, or through an online contact form. It also has SI by Alan’s address and a map to the office.
How long does a session last?
A session is usually an hour and a half. SI by Alan does not charge more if the session goes longer. Alan addresses a client’s needs in each session, even if it takes a little extra time. As a result, even though a typical session is an hour and a half, Alan will ask clients to set aside two hours for an appointment.
What is a typical session like?
During most sessions at SI by Alan, Alan will ask a client to lie on a comfortable, padded table built by Rolf Star furniture. These tables are much softer and larger than traditional mas-sage tables. Relaxing music may play in the background, or perhaps the client will prefer silence. Clients wear whatever they are comfortable wearing during the session: cotton sweat clothes, undergarments, athletic wear, swimwear or just about any attire that a client is comfortable in will work fine. Generally speaking, a session lasts about an hour and a half.
During their sessions clients may lie face up or face down, resting on a pillow or lying flat, all depending upon which part of the body Alan is realigning. Occasionally, depending upon the adjustment being performed, clients may stand against a wall or sit on a bench specifically design by Rolf Star for Structural-Integration work. At other times Alan may ask clients to make slow, specific movements with an arm or leg. These different positions and movements allow Alan to observe the function of myofascial tissue and to then recontour the tissue with as much ease as possible. They may apply their fingers, palms, knuckles, even at times their elbows, at different angles, pressures and depths. However, for most of a session clients simply lie down and relax.
How does Rolf Structural Integration feel? (Does it hurt?)
Occasionally, clients fall asleep during their Rolf Structural-Integration sessions. It can be that relaxing.
However, it is more common for clients to feel mild to moderate stretching or pressure, or the sensation of heat, similar to what a person might feel during a deep-tissue massage. These sensations are from Alan realigning myofascial tissue. The more significantly the tissue is out of alignment or the longer it has been out of alignment, the potentially more intense the stretching, pressure or heat sensations.
"No pain, no gain," is a mantra we have all heard; however, you won’t hear it at SI by Alan . Now, some clients may feel more intense stretching or pressure than others, depending upon, as noted above, the degree of misalignment and the longevity of the misalignment. However, in modern Rolf Structural Integration pain is avoided for two basic reasons:
1. Ouch! Nobody likes to hurt. After all, that’s why people come for the therapy in the first place, to lose pain.
2. Just as important, Rolf Structural Integration works best when clients experience relaxation. If you think about it, when people are in pain their bodies tense up - and it is then more difficult for a practitioner to realign myofascial tissue. So Alan goes to great lengths to keep his clients comfortable.
Now, everyone has a unique body. Some people are sensitive to heat, some cold; some tickle easily, some are hard to get a laugh out of. Point being, Alan constantly communicates with his clients to keep their experiences as relaxing as possible.
Will I be sore after a session?
Usually not. However, keep in mind that if a client’s myofascial tissue had been significantly misaligned prior to a session or out of alignment for a long period, a day or two of soreness may occur. For these reasons, Alan recommends that after a session clients stay hydrated and eat healthy, perhaps take a hot bath or do other activities that in the past have alleviated soreness for them.
Do the effects of Rolf Structural Integration last?
Yes and no.
Yes, so much so that Alan almost always recommend that clients take a 6-to-12 month break from further sessions after completing a 10 Series because the human body needs time to integrate the profound changes that result from a Rolf Structural-Integration series.
No, in that time marches on. And if injury, accidents, emotional stress or bouts of extreme activity impinge on your time, a Tune-Up Session may be in order. However, clients almost assuredly will never slip back to ground zero. The effects of Rolf Structural Integration are transformative and long-lasting; however, how you live your life and what life does to you is out of SI by Alan's hands.
During the 10 Series how often should I come in?
One to two weeks between sessions is ideal. This downtime is long enough for clients’ bodies to adjust the typically transformative changes resulting from each session, and the time also gives clients time to increase awareness of how their bodies now move differently.
How frequently should I come in after completing the 10 Series?
That depends on you. Some clients schedule monthly Tune-Up Sessions, and other clients return just before a sport season begins or after it completes.
In general, though, Alan almost always recommend that clients take a 6-to-12 month break from further sessions after completing a 10 Series because the human body needs time to integrate the profound changes that result from a Rolf Structural-Integration series.
However, time marches on. And if injury, accidents, emotional stress or bouts of extreme activity impinge on your time, a Tune-Up Session may be in order. However, clients almost assuredly will never slip back to ground zero. The effects of Rolf Structural Integration are transformative and long-lasting; however, how you live your life and what life does to you is out of SI by Alan’s hands.
What about exercise after a session?
Exercise is great, but use common sense. Odds are clients’ bodies will move differently after a Rolf Structural Integration session, so they should take care to focus on proper posture and form so not to return to old, debilitating patterns. This adjustment may be seamless or take time, depending upon the longevity of and severity of the misalignments that were corrected, as well as a client’s body awareness. General speaking, though, most clients return to their normal activity level in a day but with greater awareness of how their bodies function.
What is the cancellation policy?
SI by Alan has a 24-hour rescheduling or cancellation policy. For anything other than an unavoidable emergencies, charges will be applied for missed sessions. I recognize that clients’ time is valuable and hope they also recognize that my time and the time of other clients is valuable.
What does BCSI stand for?
Board Certified Structural Integrator. In order to earn this designation, practitioners must pass a test from one of a handful of independent organizations that certifies them as competent in Rolf Structural Integration. This designation differentiates certified practitioners from people who merely claim that they practice Rolf Structural Integration but may not have formal training. Unfortunately, just as some people may claim they are massage therapists without having undergone any formal training, there have been instances of people incorrectly claiming that they are trained Rolf Structural-Integration practitioners.