Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What is the Thatcher Method?
A: The Thatcher Method is a Rolfing inspired form of bodywork that addresses the resting tone of a person’s connective tissue. Through the use of knuckles, fists, and elbows we will restore proper tone and balance. This may involve differentiating muscle groups, lengthening tendons, lengthening broad sheets of tissue, decompressing individual fascial bags in a muscle belly, and/or addressing scarring and excessive adhesion caused by trauma or chronic immobility.
Q: So how does a therapist do this?
A: First a visual assessment is done by the therapist. Once a pattern of rotation and imbalance has been discovered then the physical work of unwinding begins. This is achieved with the use of pressure applied by the therapist (typically in the form of a knuckle, loose fist, or elbow) combined with movement from the client until proper tone has been achieved.
Q: Is it Painful?
A: While not overbearing, the work itself is not light. The work is never intolerable but we do try to maximize the session so expect this to be an intense and productive experience.
Q: Why is it Painful?
A: In most cases we are addressing patterns that have been cultivating over the lifespan of the client so to work through a piece of tissue that’s been stuck for 40 years is going to be an intense experience. Similarly the patterns of adhesion and fascial shortening that we are addressing can be the result of past traumas and avoidance patterns, causing these areas to be very sensitive. However you will find that addressing these issues will bring a new sense of lightness and freedom.
Q: When Should I Notice Results?
A: More often than not a feeling of lightness and freedom is pretty immediate. In the case of a chronic injury multiple sessions may be required to achieve your goals.
Q: How Many Sessions Do I Need?
A: This is all dependent on what your overall goals are. If you are having an acute low back issue and its addressed in an hour then you’re done! If this is a chronic injury where recovery seems to be incremental then unfortunately it’s a bit open ended. If there’s nothing in particular “wrong” with you but you are looking for overall balance then we can discuss an appropriate amount of sessions followed with a structured maintenance plan.
Q: Is there any sort of Maintenance?
A: The recommended maintenance is once a month. This work is not meant to replace any kind of self care regiment. It is recommended to continue or start a 3 day a week strength training routine coupled with a 2-5 day a week stretch routine.
Q: How Long Does a Session Last?
A: Most sessions are an hour in length.
Q: How long can i expect the results of the session to last?
A: That is entirely dependent on the initial onset of the adhesion and pattern we are addressing. I.E. if this is scar tissue from a specific injury and we break it down then you would have to re-injure yourself in that exact manor again for it to come back, so when its gone its gone. If this a patterning because you’re a person who sits at a desk all day every day, then its going to come back because the repetitive motion pattern of your career is recreating it. The more you come, the longer the changes hold, but there are a tremendous amount of variables to consider in that statement.
Q: What Should I Wear?
A: Women should wear a tank top or sports bra (something sleeveless), and shorts (that does not mean Yoga Pants!) Men should bring a pair of shorts.
Q: Is There a Cancellation Policy?
A: While we try to be as understanding as possible of life’s many mishaps, do allow 24 hours for any changes or cancellations. You will be charged for your session if you fail to properly cancel or reschedule your appointment without proper notice.
Q: Can I Work Out After a Session?
A: While you can workout, it is suggested that you consider this a “rest day”. If you are going to perform any heavy weight lifting, yoga, dance, or any other exercise that challenges your end range of motion do so with a bit of caution. Reason being is a session often increases mobility and range of motion so you may not be used to holding a weight over your head properly, or getting that deep in a pose and the first time can be startling.
Q: How much does a session cost?
A: Please refer to the prices page for information.