ROLFING® Structural Integration
Ellen Presnell, R.N., LMBT (NC 13834), HNB-BC
Certified Integrative Nurse Coach
Certified Advance Rolfer™ & Rolf Movement® Practitioner
828-258-2833 |


Is Rolfing different than massage?

Rolfing has been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress and relieve pain like a massage. However, Rolfing also enhances neurological functioning by utilizing a technique that not only releases the body's tensional patterns, but also creates order in the structural connective tissue. Rolfing effects body posture and structure over the long-term. While massage usually focuses on relaxation and relief of muscle discomfort, Rolfing's aim is to improve body alignment and functioning.

Is Rolfing painful?

The reputation Rolfing has for being painful stems from its early days and continues to linger even today for those not informed about or familiar with this bodywork. The education about the body has advanced over the years and the techniques utilized in Rolfing respond to the body's feedback. My experience in holistic nursing, massage, neuromuscular, cranial, sacral, Reiki, yoga, and other modalities provides me with a sensitivity to your body's response while Rolfing. I work with your body's own adaptive capacity. This allows your body to change at its own pace.

Do the Rolfing results last?

Rolfing initiates changes at a fundamental level that will continue to shift for months after the session.

Must I commit to 10 sessions?

You do not have to take 10 sessions. While Rolfing is most effective when the whole series is complete, you can see benefits even with fewer sessions. I recommend taking at least sessions 1 - 3 and notice how your body responds.

What should I wear?

I will need to see and assess your structure before, during and after each session, so you may receive Rolfing in your underwear. However, loose shorts or leggings and a tank top also work for those who feel more comfortable wearing garments.

Who uses Rolfing?

Many individuals seek Rolfing as a way to reduce pain and chronic muscle tension resulting from physical and/or emotional traumas. Others, such as athletes, use Rolfing to break up scar tissue, rehabilitate injuries, and increase their range of motion to improve performance and avoid further injuries.  Dancers and musicians also find Rolfing helps their comfort while performing as well as avoiding repetitive stress injuries. While many people choose Rolfing simply to improve their quality of life.