- Athletes who want to perform better and hurt less. It also can help dancers, performers, and musicians use their bodies more efficiently.
- Seniors who don’t want to give in to aging. The operative concept as we age isn’t that our bodies “wear out”, but that we must “use it or lose it.”
- People resetting their bodies after emotional change. Often, Rolfing gives the body a chance to catch up after a period of emotional growth.
- People recovering from accidents and surgeries. It is often used to restore balance and normal movement after injury, accident, or surgery.
- Those dealing with chronic pain. The combination of Rolfing and laser can often give significant relief from systemic fascial conditions such as fibromyalgia.
- People with tingling or numbness. Rolfing SI can help relieve the repetitive stresses that come from work or from doing the things we love.
- Anyone who wants to stand taller and move easily.
Each person responds to Rolfing SI in a unique way and for different reasons. The one thing that makes Rolfing different from most other approaches is that it addresses underlying causes of pain and imbalance instead of treating symptoms. We try to clear whatever is holding you back. As the Vermont farmer said, “The easiest way is hard enough.” With Rolfing® Structural Integration, we create the easiest way for you to stand, sit, and move. If your centers of gravity are forward, backward, left, or right, muscles somewhere in your body are working too hard against gravity. You can’t just “try” to have better posture, at least not for more than a few minutes, because something is restricting your body from positioning itself the easiest way.
Sometimes what’s restricting is a nerve pathway issue. The fascia around the nerve will form a restriction as it dives in or out of a muscle. In this case I use very precise and gentle manipulation to free the nerve. If a muscle hurts, there is probably nothing wrong with the muscle itself. An overactive nerve pathway may be sending it signals to fire too much, or the nerve pathway to another muscle group may be interrupted or underactive, and the muscle in question has to work too hard. Through use of the cold laser, we upregulate or downregulate the nerve pathway. Once the pathway is regulated, we can use Rolfing Movement to help the brain reestablish the easiest way to move and stand.
All the work that I do is about removing those underlying restrictions. Most of us have spent our lifetimes creating them. Sometimes the restriction is connective tissue – fascia – that the body has built up in response to a mental, emotional, or physical hurt. The fascia normally helps the sliding surfaces of muscles and nerves glide across each other, but it can also be a natural cast that prevents movement and protects us. To see what fascia looks like, watch Gil Hedley’s “Fuzz Speech.” (Note: contains graphic content shot in cadaver lab) Fascia is a remarkable protective mechanism, but can go on protecting and restricting long after it is needed. Sometimes because of injury, inactivity, aging, or just because, people lose their ability to move, sit, or stand as they would like. Removing the restriction can give you new options for movement and for being. You get to choose between stuck and sliding, and I can help.