Rolfing® Structural Integration

Knowledge is only a rumor until lives in the muscle

I recently came across this wonder quote from the Ansaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It was an episode of The OA with the slightly difference translation of “body” rather than “muscle” (I’ve also seen “bone” used).

It’s such a wonderful explanation for how Rolfing works as well. There is plenty to intellectually know about the work, but it’s the embodiment of it that makes it permanent and available on a daily basis. It also explains why the movement work aspect of Rolfing is so powerful and important. Learning to exist differently in your body allows the information experienced in the sessions to become an inherent knowledge for you that is always there to be used from then on. Without that integration, it’s just too easy to slip back into old patterns which sets us up to experience the same problems again later.

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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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