Soken Graf, Certified Advanced Rolfer, treats both physical pain and energetic, emotional blockages at Bodhi Heart Rolfing NYC, located in Manhattan’s West Village. Because Rolfing is a holistic treatment, it removes obstacles to your body’s self-healing process and encourages your body’s innate capacity to heal so that you may flourish with simplicity and grace.
What Is Rolfing Structural Integration?
Rolfing is a profound form of bodywork, effective for relief from pain and discomfort, postural improvement and personal transformation.
Named after its founder Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing works to bring people out of physical suffering into a brighter life.
Through a series of physical touches, Rolfing re-organizes the connective tissues, called fascia, to affect change in the body.
Rolfing treats both physical pain and energetic, emotional blockages. Because it is a holistic treatment, Rolfing removes obstacles to your body’s self-healing process.
Rolfing treatments encourage your body’s innate capacity to heal so that you may flourish in your life and move with simplicity and grace.
Who Can Benefit From Rolfing?
I work with people like you — Those who are actively seeking a fresh approach to pain relief or a new perspective on managing health and well-being.
Like you, my clients are forward thinkers. They are a unique group who follow their own path and they come from many walks of life and professions including medical doctors, lawyers, executives, fashion designers, students, architects, athletes, yogis, actors, retirees, editors, writers, entrepreneurs, business owners, parents, and computer engineers . . .
The Challenges You Face
You want to be pain free and feel healthy, and you are likely seeking relief from a specific injury or a chronic problem. While you’ve tried other approaches, you haven’t found lasting relief from any of them.
You want to find relief from a physical issue like sciatic pain, scoliosis discomfort, shoulder pain, knee pain, upper back pain, posture issues, plantar fasciitis, headaches (including migraines), tinnitus, lower back pain, or hip pain.
You might also be a little curious about improving your overall well-being. As a high-functioning individual, you’re looking for new ways to go beyond your everyday limitations, to eliminate barriers and to reach new goals.
You may be a marathon runner breaking a time, a yogi going deeper, a spiritual seeker coming home or going on retreat, or someone getting in touch with themselves and their emotions.
Or, you may want to improve athletic performance or remove emotional and physical blockages.
You may even be looking for a way to address pain relating to significant life events: grief, career change, profound spiritual shifts, marriage, parenthood, busyness, anxiety issues. Or, perhaps you are seeking to deal with such states as feeling vaguely “off,” “out of it,” “obsessed,” “un-centered,” “unfocused,” and “ungrounded.”
You strive to optimize your everyday experience so that you can live your best possible life.
Feeling more comfortable in your body, accomplishing your goals and finding relief to chronic pain is dearly important to you.
Feel Better — Go Further
Rolfing can help you feel better and go further to find more joy in your body and mind.
I help my clients with aches and pains of every sort. I work with them to overcome the physical challenges that hold them back; from the chronic lifelong pain, to a recent injury caused by a workout at the gym or long travel or stress at their job.
I help my clients face the challenges in their body so they can better face the challenges in their life.
“I have been struggling with lower leg problems for the past three years, and upper back/shoulder / neck problems for close to ten years. Both of these issues limit my performance as an athlete (powerlifter and runner), and I had to stop running about two years ago due to my leg issues. After undergoing physical therapy for the past two years with limited results, I finally decided to pursue rolfing in order to address my chronic problems. I had already seen orthopedic surgeons, and did not want to pursue surgery unless explicitly needed.
I met Soken and explained my main concerns and issues. He listened attentively, answered any questions I had, and immediately set in to work on my upper back/shoulders and neck.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I noticed immediate changes to my body from only one session. I have noticed significant improvement to the mobility and range of motion in my spine and shoulders, and my athletic technique has improved SIGNIFICANTLY (you can ask my coaches), Additionally, I have had zero pain since starting to work with Soken.
Soken is gifted in the work he does, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.”
—Karen L., New York City, NY
What Does The Process Look Like?
Walk Through A Session
How Does The Process Work?
First you should prepare for your session by wearing or bringing comfortable clothes like yoga pants, T-shirt or shorts.
The Rolfing process itself is pretty simple:
- Your session will be 60 minutes long.
- You will be lying down, standing or walking during the session.
- You can expect the Rolfing treatment to involve physical touch, palpation, pressing contact and pressing.
After the session, I recommend that you drink plenty of water. You can usually get right back to anything you were doing before treatment— work, life, play, or whatever.
You may want to plan some downtime after your session if you are coming in physically tired or emotionally depleted. In these situations or after a deep opening, people feel tired, sensitive or spacey after a session.
“Soken’s bodywork has literally changed my life over the course of a year. I spent five years in constant neck and back pain after a weightlifting injury. After seeing well over a dozen specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors, masseuses, and alternative therapy practitioners (acupuncture, cupping) during that time, I had almost given up.
However, after an impressive initial session with Soken, I had hope. It has been a long year with a lot of work, however, I am nearing the end of my road to recovery and living pain free. Soken is in the top 1% of his field and I am sure that a lesser practitioner would not have had the expertise and attitude to continue to attack the problem in new ways.
For those without complex musculoskeletal injuries, this may sound like an overstatement. However, the depth and complexity of imbalances, bound nerves, and locked muscles/tissues that he has freed still astounds me.
In summary, just go see him. If you live with chronic pain, it will likely be the best decision of your life.”
—Derek McBride, New York, NY
How Many Sessions Will It Take?
I have fixed many people, helping them out of pain in one stand-alone session.
How many sessions you will need will depend on what your goals are for Rolfing. I don’t necessarily recommend ten-sessions, the standard Rolfing Ten-Series.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute describes the Rolfing Ten-Series in the following way:
“ …a standardized “recipe” known as the Ten-Series, the goal of which is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body over the course of ten Rolfing sessions.”
The Ten-Series is a standardized, one-size-fits-all approach that was originally developed as a way to teach Rolfing.
It is not required and these days Rolfers are able to achieve the clients desired results as well as all of the outcomes of the Ten-Series in less time.
If you have chronic pain or a specific injury, how many sessions you will need will depend on what your condition is, how serious your problem is and how long you have had it.
If your pain is deep rooted or long standing it will take more sessions, and we may pursue a treatment plans that includes 7 or 8 sessions or more.
Some clients have a practice of coming in for Rolfing once or twice a week, sometimes for years. These clients use Rolfing as a holistic approach to their health well-being, like having an exercise routine or seeing a massage therapist.
Weekly Rolfing sessions helps these clients stay physically fit, achieve their goals, stay emotionally relaxed and flexible to deal with what life throws at them.
What Are the Benefits Of Rolfing NYC?
There is no single benefit to Rolfing. Rolfing can potentially help you improve athletic performance, perform daily tasks with more efficiency, and alleviate pain.
Clients report the following improvements from Rolfing:
- Improved balance
- Feeling grounded
- Feeling at ease
- Improved posture
- Elimination of pain
- A sense of flourishing
- Moving with more grace
- A feeling of support in the body
- A sense of the body’s capacity to heal
Book Your First Session
To book your first session, start by getting in touch by clicking the button below, and let me know: What brings you to Rolfing?
When we talk, I’ll ask you a few questions and we can determine if Rolfing seems like a good fit for you.
If Rolfing appears to be well suited to your needs, I will give you an idea of what your treatment plan might look like, answer any questions you may have and schedule your first session.