Optimally, you should receive your Rolfing sessions about two weeks apart. Rolfing is a process, not an event. Since Rolfing makes changes to the way your nervous system is firing, the “rewiring” process continues after you leave the office. You will continue to change for about two weeks, and then you will notice that it’s time for your next Rolfing session.
Usually, about two weeks after your Rolfing session, you will feel like you have hit up against a wall. You might feel suddenly stiff again or notice a new ache that you never experienced before. This is almost universally common and not a cause for concern; your body is simply ready for the next session. The tissue has unwound as much as it can on its own and now it’s time for some help.
In cases of acute pain, I will sometimes see clients once per week until the acute pain phase has passed and we can space sessions further apart. Again, because Rolfing impacts the nervous system, doing too many Rolfing sessions too quickly can overstimulate you, especially if there is a history of trauma (as in, for example, veterans of war).
On the other hand, if you space your Rolfing sessions out too far – usually four weeks or more – we will have to go back and re-do the work done in previous sessions to some extent. The body needs consistent input initially so that it can develop new habits. Once you have had several sessions and are more aware of your movement patterns, this is less of a hazard.