Liesje Smith

Certified Rolfing ®

Tips for Sessions


I’ve organized some helpful information below so you can have an opportunity to prepare for our time together. It’s not necessary, but if you feel drawn to know more ahead of time, this may help.

The Key of Keeping Aware

You can learn to participate during your Rolfing® sessions by noticing sensations. This can be preferable to simply falling asleep or “zoning out.” Being aware allows you access very deep levels of awareness, transformation, and healing.

Here are typical observations during a session. Your answers would be your own, this simply gives you an idea:

1. What are you aware of in your body right now?”

I want to guide you toward sensation of the body—both before and after I make a change in a given area. Thus you realize how much you notice through sensation and how you notice change.

2. “Allow yourself to notice the sheet and the table beneath your body, the space in the room. Can you yield more and imagine being held by the table? Let the table “notice” you. Let it support you.”

As you notice the table “noticing” you, the body receives the experience of being supported. When the body receives that support, your nervous system tunes into a sense of safety, and your body can let go of tension that is no longer required of it in this moment.   This creates a profound experience of being receptive. Being receptive increases your adaptability to external circumstances.

3. ”What is working right now? What feels good? Does this feel useful to you? Harvest that good feeling and let it circulate throughout your body.”

When we draw our attention towards pleasure, we are allowing our system to orient to a more harmonious state. The whole body can integrate and discover a more relaxed way of being. As a result, transformation can occur.

4. “Can you move very slowly in this direction?”

Your body’s response to my touch guides you to small movements, facilitating its innate ability to self-organize.

5. After sessions, give time to yourself for integration.

You may want to draw, write or go for a walk. These activities will speak to you like a friend, reporting new discoveries.