251 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa 
K1N 7E1

email: info@upwarddogyoga.ca
call: 613-241-YOGA(9642)
text: 613-407- YOGA (9642)

Yoga, Barre, Pilates
Registered Massage Therapy
in the very heart of Byward Market


Rolfing SI is a form of manual therapy and movement education developed by Dr. Ida Rolf over 50 years ago. It is a technique for reordering and balancing the entire body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia (connective tissue) to bring the body towards a vertical alignment and greater ease in gravity. The basic premiss of Rolfing is that humans function with greater ease and efficiency when we are lined up with earth's gravitational field.
Rolfing aims to restore flexibility, increase balance, revitalise your energy, and leave you more comfortable in your own body. It has the potential to resolve discomfort, reduce compensational patterns, and alleviate pain. It can be beneficial for pre-surgery preparation, as well as post-surgery recovery. Rolfing is an excellent foundation for and compliment to yoga, pilates, competitive athletics, and other personal wellness practices.

Benefits of Rolfing include:

increased energy
greater flexibility & range of motion
improved balance
alleviation of pain
stress reduction
injury recovery (including repetitive motion, sports injuries, accidents, surgeries, etc.

Rolfing Sessions
Sessions usually take about 75 minutes and are spaced a week or more apart. The first session is a little longer, as I take some time at the beginning to get to know you, your health history, and your goals for Rolfing (such as better balance, decreased pain, or increased flexibility). Sessions begin with a standing structural analysis where I look for patterns and areas of holding, assess function, and observe changes from session to session. The hands-on work is done on a massage table, as well as seated. Unlike many forms of manual therapy, the Rolfing process includes client participation: you will be asked to make certain movements to increase the effectiveness of the work. In addition to manual therapy, Rolfing includes movement education on moving your realigned body properly. Emotional issues may arise as your body changes; releasing old patterns and holdings.

What to Wear

Your comfort is of the utmost importance, so wear what you feel comfortable in. Here are some suggestions of what to wear for sessions:
Women - underwear or running shorts and a bra (sports or regular - with thinner straps being preferable to thicker), or a two-piece bathing suit.
Men - underwear, running shorts, or a bathing suit.
Session price is $120 for about 75 minute session (unlike massage Rolfing isn't paid by the hour, it is by the session, sometimes sessions don't take as long as 75 minutes)

I am a Certified Rolfer™having graduated from The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado in June of 2015. I find that my years of experience as a yoga instructor and practitioner are very helpful in my understanding of the body and how it moves.
I first was introduced to Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) when my grandmother was successfully treated using Rolfing SI to remedy a problem with her jaw that conventional medicine said needed surgery to fix! My own personal experience has shown me how profound and powerful Rolfing SI can be. Rolfing SI helped me to recover from, and to overcome some complications I encountered after, foot surgery in 2011. I understand how debilitating an injury or surgery can be, and am proud, pleased, and excited to be able to help people on their journeys of healing and wellness. I enjoy an active lifestyle, and find great satisfaction in being able to help people to live with greater ease, comfort, and happiness in their bodies.

I have a 24 hour cancelation policy: I charge full session price for missed appointments or appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.