One of the primary misconceptions about Rolfing is that is simply too painful. Rolfing need not be painful.
When Rolfing was first brought into being, it was during a time of intense exploration of psychological and somatic relationships. Physical and emotional challenges were meant to be pushed through, regardless of discomfort and pain.
Today, the Rolfer may find pockets of long held tension and pain. It is not, however, the Rolfer’s responsibility to impose pain of any kind. Rolfers are taught to work with the body’s natural defenses, rather than through them.
Yes, the client will, on occasion, feel discomfort and intense sensations. These feelings are often quite varied. Clients may feel heat in the area worked on, coolness filling muscles like a light breeze, or remembering old friends and lost memories. These are only some of the phenomena that people have known to experience.