Where are you located?
The Asheville office is located at 29 Ravenscroft which is three blocks west of Biltmore Ave in downtown Asheville. (Three blocks behind the Orange Peel) It is a nice professional commercial building with lots of offstreet parking. Park in the rear, enter through the glass door and take the elevator to the third floor, room 309. I am seeing clients in Asheville on Thursdays and Fridays.
The Brevard office is at 178 S. Caldwell St. Appointments may be had on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
How long does a session last?
Rolfing sessions last approximately 75 minutes while Craniosacral or Visceral sessions last 50-60 minutes.
What is the cost of a session?
Rolfing sessions are $100. Craniosacral and Visceral sessions are $80. Payment is due at the end of each session. Payment by cash or by check is preferred but I also accept major credit cards.
What are your qualifications?
I was trained at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder Colorado. After five years of private practice and many hours of continuing education with the Rolf Institute, I completed the Advanced Rolfing Training in Italy and Germany. Subsequent training includes Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute and Visceral Manipulation with Didier Prat, of Lyons France. More information here about Allen.
What should I wear?
During Rolfing/Visceral sessions draping sheets are not used. The typical attire for men is underwear and for woman is bra and underwear. It's important for the Rolfer to be able to see your physique and the changes that occur during the sessions. It is also important for you to feel comfortable during the session so, if needed, please wear whatever you feel is appropriate. Jogging type shorts for men and women are appropriate but not long or tight fitting shorts. Women may wear a bra, tube top or bikini top but sports bras with rear cross straps are constricting and too limiting. For craniosacral or visceral therapy sessions the client may remain fully clothed.
Do I have to do all ten Rolfing sessions?
Absolutely not. New clients are advised to try one to three session to see how they like it and if the client and Rolfer are a good match. After the third session, serious consideration should be given to committing to the remaining sessions in order to get the full and long lasting results desired. You are never under any obligation to complete the series.
Can I still see my chiropractor, exercise, do yoga, receive massage etc?
Except for the day after the fourth and fifth session you may do any activities that you feel is right. The only thing that is not recommended is any other form of connective tissue or deep massage. Most clients that receive chiropractic adjustments find that the adjustments are easier and last longer when done in combination with Rolfing.
Am I too old or too young for Rolfing?
No, Rolfing is beneficial for people at any age. Babies, young people, teens, adults and the ederly have all benefited greatly by releasing tensions induced by the birth process, illnesses, accidents, stress and the aging process.
How often should I get Rolfed?
It is recommended that no more than once a week in order to allow your body to become accustomed to the changes taking place and not less than once every four weeks so that the cummulative effect of the sessions is not lost.
How does Rolfing feel?
During the session you may experience a warm, pleasant sensation from the area that is being worked while at other times momentary discomfort. The practitioner will apply the appropriate pressure, based on the client's needs and feedback.
Early on, Rolfing developed a reputation as an extremely uncomfortable process. Over time, the Rolfing community has developed the work to be even more effective, while at the same time working at levels that are actually more comfortable to the client. In short, most new clients who are worried about Rolfing being uncomfortable no longer find that an issue after experiencing a session.
Does Rolfing have psychological benefits?
While Rolfing is primarily concerned with physical changes in the body, it does affect the whole person. As well as our physical being, we are made up of emotions, attitudes, belief systems, and behavior patterns in concert with perceptions of body image that all determines how the person is shaped and what their limitations are in how they move. For some people, the physical holding patterns they have adopted can be related to emotional holding or tension. For others, their structure may carry the effects of an emotional experience. Aligning the physical structure is a useful tool and complementary to psychotherapy and/or personal development work.
How do I know what type work is needed (Rolfing, Craniosacral or Visceral)?
If the client requests a certain type of work then that is what is done. In most cases, an evaluation is done during the first visit to determine whether the client would benefit mostly from Rolfing, CranioSacral or Visceral Manipulation. Often, some combination of these modalities is received.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Cash (preferred) or personal checks are due at the end of each session. Credit cards are not accepted.
How can I make an appointment?
You may call the number below to find a suitable time. You may also email if you have any questions.
What is the cancellation policy?
When making an appointment you are contracting for the Rolfers time and payment is expected. If you must cancel, do so at least 24 hours in advance and there will be no charge for the session. Cancellations less than 24 hours but more than one hour before session time will be charged half price. Cancellations less than one hour or missed appointments will be billed for the full amount. This is necessary since you are taking the Rolfers time, when another client could have been scheduled. When making an appointment you are agreeing to these terms.