Rolfing ® in Kyoto
(9:00a.m. to 9:30p.m.)
〒604-8136 Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjyo-dori Karasuma Higashi-iru
Umetada-cho 20-1 Karasuma Annex1-405
Please make an appointment before coming
The building is eleven-stories high. Walk on the left side of the clothes shop.
There is a push-button system at the entrance (on the first floor).
Please push #405.
1 minute walk from Karasumaoike station(subway) Exit5
8 minutes walk from Karasuma station (Hankyu-line).
15 minutes walk from Sanjyo station (Keihan-line).
Rolfing 10 series
1 session (about 90min) 12,000yen
Trial session (explanation and some work)
1 session (about 60min) 3,000yen
Rolf One-shot session
1 session (about 90min) 12,000yen
1 session (about 90min) 12,000yen
Anything is O.K. if you feel comfrtable.
Practitioner Hidehiko Shinobi (Certified Rolfer)
Practitioner Hidehiko Shinobi (Certified Rolfer) Born in 1973.
Graduated from Ritsumeikan University in International Relations. Traveled extensively in Asia and Europe for a year. Bodyworker (seitai) for four and a half years in Nagano. Studied Rolfing Structural Integration at The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado-U.S.A. Certified Rolfer in 2004.
Certified Rolf movement practitioner in 2007. Craniosacral work, and SourcePoint therapy® practitioner.
A family of four (wife and two kids)
Experiences with Rolfing with Hidehiko Shinobi
(Kirill, 39, Traveller through Kyoto in December 2014)
During my travels through Asia I had 10 sessions of Rolfing. 5 of which I had in Kyoto with Shinobi-san. These sessions differed very much from the 5 previous ones which I had in Bali, just a couple of days before. It’s hard to really compare those two „styles“ of Rolfing but I must say, those I had with Shinobi-San in Kyoto impressed me even more.
Many people tend to think of Rolfing in terms of fascia stretching and maybe even some degree of pain while doing this. What I experienced with Kyoto Rolfing was something quite different. As far as I understood Shinobi-san certainly had been trained in this traditional way of Rofling but in my case he intuitively decided to work in a more subtle way. The body work we did together was actually more a body-mind-work and went far beyond fascia.
Basically, what we did was making my mind/brain relearn body perception which in consequence changed the way I use the body. The „excercises“ revolved around feeling different aspects of the body’s regions. I.e. I learned to feel the location, the spaciousness and the gravity of different joints. While this might seem optional or a bit esoteric, the effects were astonishingly tangible and visible. It was like magic but completely without the mumbo- jumbo.
The sheer mindfulness of certain body parts made them behave in a whole different way. The more access the brain got to certain areas, the less tension and misalignment was there. For instance I was able to really relax my jaw muscles and joint – in a way I never have been able to do by „directly trying to relax“ them. There seeems to be a different kind of approach to your body than „trying to make it do something“ – and this is the kind of approach you learn here. And the best thing is – you can take these acknowledgements and techniques with you and continue practicing by yourself. You can Rolf yourself after this!
Shinobi-san speaks good English, which is both quite uncommon in Japan and very convenient for his clients. I would highly recommend to try this kind of body-mind-work with him. I believe it can help against chronic tensions and unhealthy habitual postures. But be prepared to do some inner work to get there – it’s not just about massage or lying down and letting him do the work. It’s more an active exploration of your body which makes it an even more valuable experience.
Considering the slightly higher Rolfing prices in Europe – and the overtime Shinobi-san spent with my sessions at no cost – one even has to say that it was kind of a bargain deal. So highly recommended even in economic terms. I would even claim that it might be worth flying to Japan just to have a couple of sessions with him. It was the highlight of my Japan trip.
Experiencing Rolfing in Kyoto
(Ken, 58, long-term Kyoto resident)
I had had some Rolfing work done in America before coming to Japan, and, thinking back, the positive effects then helped me confidence (physical and mental) to embark on the adventure of coming here for study, and eventual work.. But that was almost 28 years ago. I began to feel that the stress of working here was starting to take a cumulative toll, as my body became more and more cramped. I seemed to be fighting my own body to move, sit, walk or stand, an additional drain of energy that increased the ill effects of other stress.
I was very happy to find that Shinobi-san was doinfg Rolfing in Kyoto. I had hoped for several years to go through the process again. I felt that I needed renewal that might reach deeper than exercise, diet, sleep or a change of work environment. Happily, Shinobi-san was willing to let me start the sessions again.
Thinking back to the sensations of Rolfing, almost 28 years ago, I looked forward (after hearing about Rolfing from friends who had completed the sessions) to gradually experiencing a “renewed” positive physical awareness and ease in my body, through a series of work sessions devided quite distinctly to deal with various areas. 28 years ago Rolfing also had a very positive image, yet embarking on the sessions one also expected discomfort during deeper work. Still, friends had said then that it was worth it (and indeed, it was!); and any discomfort was just momentary, as the Rolfer`s hands were always moving, slowly, and I found that if I concentrated on breathing the sensations were actually enlivening. And after every session then I felt as if my body was renewed in terms of ease of movement and possibility of movement.
With Shinobi-san I found that positive benefit again, yet I also realized that Rolfing had changed considerably in the intervening time. Although every Rolfer`s technique might be different, and every person`s experience different, I felt that even the deeper work brought not discomfort but instead a kind of awareness that Shinobi-san was “working” on an area that was conflicted. Yet the release of deeper sessions, and overall positive effects, were just as dramatic as previously, if not more so.
From the first session I felt myself naturally looking up toward the sky again.In kyoto I walk a lot, and with each session walking became easier, instead of forced. Breathing became fuller, easier, more natural. Some of the changes with each session were major, others very subtle. There were new experiences, especially around the inner edges of the pelvis and rib cage. Without Rolfing I would not have had a chance to be aware of these areas.
I felt that although previously the “10 sessions” were prettymuch decided, Shinobi-san was instead following an overall guideline in the 10 sessions, yet continually adjusting the sessions to go with what my body needed (in my case, a scoliosis of the back which probably cannot be corrected, but is much, much better after completing the sessions.) Shinobi-san always explained in advance what each session would cover generally, and where he would work in the next movement.
Previously, when the 10 session were done, that was it! One was not supposed to go back for additional work. Now, however, post-10 sessions are possible. For someone like me planning to stay in Kyoto, that is indeed a plus for the future.
Shinobi-san is very sensitive to one`s comfort during each session, and whether there is any physical discomfort as he works. His technique of working is very sensitive, and it might be just my own imagination, but there seems to be a wonderful rhythm in each session, of beginnig relaxations, of opening, of deeper work, and subtle movements.
In my case, with extra work on my back, at my request, there were extrasessions as we moved toward the “10th” session. I look forward to continuing with Shinobi-san for post-10 sessions. One`s own body also deserves after-care!
I think that good teachers are very important in one`s life. Where one finds a good teacher really has little to do with one`s nationality, or where one lives. Perhaps much is by chance, or luck, or just movements that bring beings together at a place and time. I feel very fortunate to have found a fine teacher in many respects, in Shinobi-san.