About Rolfing®

Rolfing® - Your Body in Balance

Rolfing® Structural Integration is a method of deep tissue manipulation and movement education. It seeks to balance the body so that it can move more efficiently in gravity. Rolfing® is named after American biochemist Dr Ida Rolf who developed the method in the 1950’s.

"A body is a web connecting everything with everything else" Ida Rolf

Rolfing® addresses patterns and tension that can develop as a result of trauma, work demands, or postural habits, to restore a more efficient and easier alignment. Whilst a person may have pain in a particular place, Rolfing® recognises the interrelatedness of the body and so treats the entire structure through a systematic approach, the '10 Series'.

The 10 Series

Rolfing® is usually given as a series of 10 carefully structured and connected sessions that form a total overhaul of the entire body from top to toe.  In summary:

1. Freeing the breath
2. Finding support, feet
3. Front/back balance, the side line
4. Establishing the midline
5. Developing the midline
6. Freeing the spine
7. Putting the head on straight
8. Bringing it all together
9. Integration
10. Closure

Completing the Rolfing® 10 Series can…

Improve posture, balance and freedom of movement.
Enhance energy efficiency for more “get-up-and-go”.
Help with recognition and release of habitual and restrictive movement and postural patterns.
Increase whole body awareness and provide new options for how you meet the world.
Reduce unnecessary tension in the body and bring relief from stress related illness.
Bring about a more positive self image
Ease muscle and joint pain
Improve performance in disciplines such as sports, music, dance martial arts etc.
Help your body to be more adaptable and resilient to future injury.

Subsequent Sessions

Rolfing® always changes the body but only at the speed it can integrate well. Sometimes there is a feeling at the end of the series that just a few more sessions would complete the process. The new body awareness that Rolfing®evokes continues to bring change long after the series is finished. It is better, therefore, to wait a few months to see where the body wants to go before receiving more work. After this rest period you may wish to add an additional 3 sessions or take some movement classes (yoga or Rolf Movement) to continue your journey.

Rolfing® with Tara

How can I help you? Initial Assessment 

If you would like to experience Rolfing® or just want a bit more information about it please do get in touch via the contact page to request a free preliminary meeting and assessment
You can tell me a little bit about your history and what you are seeking from Rolfing® and I can assess if I think I will be able to help you. Due to Covid restrictions I now conduct these initial meetings via Zoom or Skype (or over the phone if you prefer), we will need about 20 minutes or so.  
Following this meeting we can book  Session 1 of the Ten Series

Session 1



At the start of Session 1  some basic movements like standing, sitting, walking and raising the arms help me get to know your individual movement patterns. The rest of the session will be a mixture of hands-on manipulation and guided movements we call 'tracking'. The theme of this first session is freeing the breath and we aim to evoke a feeling of lightness and ease. 

A single session can be of interest as a free-standing event and give you a feel for what Rolfing® is about, but the full benefit of the work is achieved by doing the 10 series. After completing this first session see how you feel and ask any questions you may have before going on to do the full series, or you can start with just the 'sleeve' sessions 1,2,3.

Sessions are usually scheduled between 1 and 3 weeks apart but some clients complete the series over shorter or longer time frame.

What to wear?

Please wear suitable underwear for your session. For men reasonably well-fitting trunks or briefs are best. For women comfortable and simple is good, avoid underwired bras and 'racer-back' styles if possible. Very tight, elastic 'shape wear' type garments are almost impossible for me to work through so please don't wear them! 

Booking, Fees and Payments

Rolfing is £80 per session (60-75 minutes)
Children £40 (30-40 minutes)

I offer a limited number of donation sessions each month where clients pay what they can on the day, if you genuinely need this option please ask.

All sessions must be booked and confirmed in advance. 48 hours cancellation of full fee will be charged. See below for exception.

Covid - 19
In the event of your experiencing covid symptoms or coming into contact with someone with the virus please cancel your session promptly and no fees will apply.  Likewise, I will do the same. 

Tiverton Rolfing Room  

Tiverton Rolfing Room is my studio at Raymond Penny House. The studio is on the 2nd floor of a Georgian building up several flights of stairs. The view is lovely from up there but if the stairs will be a problem for you please let me know as it is sometimes possible to book an alternative space on the ground floor.