Rolfing® Structural Integration

I’m now an Advanced Certified Rolfer™

I just wanted to put out a practice update – I’ve now finished my Advanced Rolfing Training!! It was a great learning experience overall and I’m even more ready to help people now.

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Updating website for mobile

I’ve been working behind the scenes to update my website in order to make it more mobile friendly. Bare with me if anything looks odd, but it should work MUCH better on your mobile devices.

WHEEEE….website work.

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Common Posture Problems

I came across this wonderful link today. It goes over some common posture problem a lot (dare I say most) people experience in their day to day lives.

Common Posture Problems

The solutions offer some nice self-care. If your having problems on your own, sounds like a good time for a session. 😉

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Sitting is bad for you

But like you, I also do it too much. If you really want to know what it’s so bad: Sitting is Killing You.

Make sure you get and move periodically — your body will thank you.

2013-05-24 Edit: So the place that made the link apparently has some issues being a link farm, so their link is being removed. If you still want to see the article, just use your favorite search engine and search for “Sitting is Killing You” and it should still pop up.

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So I really don’t blog much

I’m very bad about blogging.  It comes with being a giant introvert, and I’m working on it.

Here is an NPR piece on Rolfing from awhile back. To be fair, Rolfing doesn’t have a lot of empirical evidence behind it.  However, it has a TON of people who talk about it helped them out.


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Neat article on “Fox Walking”

I just found this interesting article about walking the “fox walk”.  I haven’t read it fully, but I thought I would link to it.  I don’t think bunions are caused by shoes necessarily, but by bad food mechanics (which aren’t really helped by shoes). I found the link via this article about barefoot running on Neatorama.

I personally love the Vibram FiveFingers shoes.  I’ve been wearing them for 3 years or since they first came out.  And I have gone running with them.  It is tricky to walk in a city environment with them though.  They don’t provide any padding, so walking on concrete can cause sore feet more quickly than when wearing shoes, even for people who have mobile, well-adapted feet.  But it does really allow you feel how you use your feel.

A good, mobile walk does involve a 3-D movement of the hips as well as twisting of the spine at several different depth levels (think of 3 varying length springs within one another).

If you have any shoe questions, send me an email or leave a comment.

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Am I {insert movement} wrong?

Feel free to insert any action if you want, and the answer is still the same.  NO.

If you have an underlying pathology (i.e., disease), then there is something that can benefit from “fixing”.  But other than that, there is nothing wrong with anything you move with your body.  And if anyone (Rolfer or otherwise) tells you that, stop, turn around, and run out the door.

Rolfing looks to help free your body and give you options of moving differently.  We want you to be able to choose what feels “right” for you in the moment to be able to do.  Sometimes, having a slouched, hunched posture is really beneficial (think dark alley and not wanting to be noticed, or hide-and-seek)–it can make you smaller and harder to notice.  If you’re getting yelled at by your boss or significant other, standing tall and proud may not help that situation.  On the other hand, if you’re talking about how great your weekend was or something inspiring to you, that same posture isn’t really appropriate anymore.

I sometimes want to giggle on the inside when I hear “Is my breathing wrong?”.  Are you breathing?  Then it’s not wrong!! Now, there might be a more efficient and easier ways to breathe, but they aren’t “better” in a judgement way, just different.  Unfortunately, I find the English language limiting in this way–better/worse shouldn’t be linked to right/wrong, but they often are.

Scoliosis provides a wonderful example.  Everyone has some level of scoliosis–if you didn’t, you’d find it very hard to walk since your spine wouldn’t move very well.  But some people develop clinical scoliosis.  Are Rolfers looking to straighten that spine out?  Nope.  We want the spine to still be able to move functionally with no restrictions.  Now of course, as you remove the restrictions, the spine tends to become straighter, but the motion is the real goal.

Basically, Rolfing helps you to find about the way to move that best suits you and your individual structure.

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The process of Rolfing

One thing new clients often don’t understand initially is that Rolfing is a process.  Traditional massage therapy does yield cumulative effects, but it is usually done as single sessions.  There isn’t any sort of flow between the sessions.

Rolfing is most definitely done as a process.  That is why there is such power in the 10-Series.  You could basically think of it as a one super long session.  Time does play a factor in this setup: working through the whole body from the surface to the core just physically takes a long time–that’s a lot of territory to cover.  Also, it is a learning time about your body.  You won’t understand everything the first time–just like any new activity.  It takes time to build up your skill level.  You are essentially relearning the language of body sensation, and specifically your body’s unique dialect.

As I’ve mentioned before Rolfing is also about empowering you to be able to take over some of your care.  You go to the Rolfer to get some external guidance and assistance, but the “heavy lifting” is still for you to do.  It is like school in this regard–your teacher leads you through exercises and examples, but you have to do your own homework OUTSIDE OF CLASS.  We all learn by doing, not by being told how to do something.

I recently thought of a new analogy for the Rolfing process (I do like analogies).  It is like using a swing.  Sure, you can do it entirely yourself–get those legs pumping and timings right and off you go.  However, swing your leg not on sync or shift a rhythm, and it can be hard.  The Rolfer acts like the friend helping the swinger out.  You are still learning the timing and speed, but your helper gives the push at the right time, with the right power, and right angle to keep you going.  At some point, you are fully able to take over the process yourself.

That is how Rolfing ideally works.  The Rolfer is there to help push and guide you with the correct timing and pressure, but not do the work of swinging.  Then you can later use that knowledge and guidance to keep evolving your own structure outside of and after your sessions.

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