Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people hire a Rolfer?

People hire Rolfers for a variety of reasons, ranging from a desire to solve a soft-tissue problem without drugs or surgery, to stabilizing themselves through a major life stress (job change, loss of someone close, unexpected serious illness/injury), to navigating a time in life when Health becomes both a priority and an opportunity.

People hire Rolfers to help recover from migraines, carpal tunnel problems, spinal compression injuries, joint pain/malfunction, car accident / sports injury recovery, pregnancy/labor/delivery recovery, and to prepare and aid recovery from surgery.

Often people hear about Rolfing through friends or podcasts or other media outlets. Each Rolfer works individually with clients, yet the results are the same – recovering active life in a happy body.

 How do I prepare for my first session?

It is important to eat a small amount of food before your Rolfing session. Also, be mindful of your water intake before you arrive, as it aids your tissue’s capacity to heal. Your session will be a bit less effective if you are dehydrated and hungry.

How many sessions will I need? Do you do the Ten Series?

Leah uses the principles of Rolfing in every session with every client. She works with the needs of the client individually. People with a significant impact history, from sports, accidents, intense work environments typically need many sessions, with each session bringing relief and new skills for ongoing self-care. Leah does not utilize the traditional ten series in her practice. Many clients need more than ten sessions to re-establish sustainable Health.

Rolfing hurts, right? Why is it so painful?

Actually, if you’ve hired a skilled and well-educated Rolfer, you should feel no pain during your session. You will feel sensation, which is different than pain! Common experiences include feeling fluid flow, feeling temperature changes, feeling tingling and other hard-to-describe sensations. Leah’s clients usually get very relaxed on her table, which is a much bigger cue.  Feeling relaxed while Leah works is an important cue from your body that the work is well-matched and is doing something useful. Leah’s clients notice improvement when they stand up, and the session continues in standing, with manual therapy and movement education.

If you have been Rolfed and experienced pain, bruises and other un-helpful outcomes, hire a better Rolfer! Effective Rolf practitioners bring ease to the client’s system without pain, contrary to recently published articles. It fails logic to argue that people in pain require more pain to heal. Also there is new research that clearly demonstrates deep direct manual therapy techniques cause damage in tissue that is visible 16 weeks later. That same research illustrated that the type of manual therapy Leah uses is the only approach that shows lasting positive effect 16 weeks after treatment.

Leah’s work is gentle, effective and fun. Check out the Testimonials page for more information!

Is Rolfing covered by insurance?

Your insurance plan is unique. Cleveland Rolfing provides a receipt for treatment that can be used for insurance purposes; payment is due at time of service. To learn if your health plan covers Rolfing, contact your plan administrator and ask about benefits related to treatment code 97112: Neuro-muscular Re-Education. If you are told you need a ‘diagnostic code’, contact your physician for a prescription. Cleveland Rolfing does NOT provide diagnostic codes of any kind.

Health savings and flex spending accounts commonly reimburse for Rolfing. Contact your plan administrator to discover how to access your benefits. You are welcome to use your HSA card in person to cover the cost of your session. Use of those funds is heavily regulated.

Why is Rolfing so expensive?

Rolfing sessions have value because Rolfing works. The cost of Rolfing is based on efficacy, training and standards.  The cost of a Rolfing session in the US is $85-500, depending on practitioner experience and continuing education. In Ohio, Rolfers charge $150.

Do you ask your dentist or physician about his or her fees? Likely not, you value their service and you value their aid.

Many people are used to paying high rates for insurance without getting satisfying results. Rolfing is effective.  Rolfing is designed happen over a series of sessions. Your body is a living being, and your recovery must happen in time. There are no short cuts to a happy body, no matter what corporate medicine tells you! Let’s be honest, you are looking at a Rolfing website now!

Rolfing is an investment in your personal health. We pay for what we value. Clients who work with me tell me that my rates are too low for the the outcome of our work.

I receive massage / acupuncture regularly. Can I get Rolfed?

Sure! People typically hire a Rolfer to move their health forward. If your current team of care providers do not provide lasting results, Rolfing will likely be helpful to your goals.

Schedule your Rolfing session 48 hours after your last bodywork treatment (massage, acupuncture, thai massage, reflexology etc). Then give your Rolfing session 48 hours to integrate before hiring another care provider to touch you. This ensures that you take full advantage of your Rolfing session for lasting Health.

Unfortunately, some massage and acupuncturists and chiropractors in this region discourage their clients from Rolfing. If your care provider tells you NOT to explore another modality, consider their motivation – your health or their pocketbook.

Healing requires courage to say no to what doesn’t help you, and effort seek what does.

Is Rolfing massage?

Rolfing is not massage! Leah’s clients to do not undress, and Leah does not use oils or tools in her sessions. You will be asked to remove your shoes, belt and also empty your pockets before laying on the table. Bolsters, pillows and blankets are available for your comfort on the table. Unlike massage, the effects of Rolfing typically are lasting. Leah is extensively trained to work with the entire fascial network. It’s the cloak of your parts that has been overlooked!

Another way Rolfing is different from massage is a bit more subtle – clients participate in sessions with Leah, instead of being passive on the table as in a massage session. Rolfing is for people who are ready to participate in their own health. People often turn to massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care and pharmaceuticals when they want someone else to fix the problem.

Is Rolfing myofascial release?

‘Myo’ means muscle. ‘Fascia’ is connective tissue, or the extracellular matrix. Myofascial release practitioners are trained to work only with the connective tissue that wraps muscle. Rolfers like Leah are trained to work with all connective tissue in the body. Connective tissue wraps each of the body parts including the organs and veins and every other bit. Connective tissue is the shock-absorbing material that fills and protects our parts from impacts. Rolfers do not prioritize or value one type of tissue over another, we work with the whole fabric, and then teach clients how to best engage and use their better-functioning whole body. That is why our results are noticeably different!

Does Rolfing help with back pain?

Yes. In fact, Rolfing is a non-invasive solution to spinal compression injuries. Recovering from spinal compression injuries takes time to fully heal, and Rolfing is not a quick fix for back pain. Rolfing offers a process over time that helps you heal while you also strengthen your whole body, in order to remove the cause of the structural imbalance that caused compression. This will prevent the painful pattern from returning.

I have been advised to have surgery by my doctor, but I do not want to have surgery. Can Rolfing help?

In many cases, yes. Contact Leah to discuss your particular situation with her. Leah will not waste your time, if her toolkit is not applicable to your situation, she thoughtfully refers to better-matched practitioners.

I have had surgery and still have trouble / pain. Can Rolfing help?

In most cases, yes. Rolfing can help post-surgical recovery even if time has passed. Scar tissue is made from connective tissue and heals with appropriate manual therapy and movement education. Rolfers are uniquely capable of helping the body clear the scar by healing the connective tissue. Doctors regularly tell their patients that scar tissue is permanent. Unfortunately this is a harmful message, and it is wrong.

Does Rolfing help carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes! Rolfing is very effective at solving the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a fascial problem, and often surgery makes it worse. Rolfing is the perfect answer for this painful condition.