Run faster. Hurt less.
I first became involved in Rolfing when, as a client, it corrected all my chronic running injuries. It can do the same for you if you would like to hurt less. I have a good track record with Plantar Fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome, Tight Hamstrings, Runner’s Knee, Sciatica, Achilles Pain, Piriformis Syndrome, or issues with Running Form.
If you want to run faster, I offer a set of 3 sessions designed to improve running performance and ease.
Session 1: Free the Breath. By allowing the shoulder girdle and the rib cage to move independently, we create more lung capacity. When I first had this session done as a client, I had been running 30 years, breathing two steps in and two steps out. After the session, my wife asked about it. I responded that I enjoyed it, but didn’t think it changed anything. Then I went out to run! I caught myself breathing FOUR steps in and FOUR out – sucking that much more air. Now, 20 years later, it’s still working.
Session 2: Stride Length. A lion loping along takes about the same number of steps per minute as one chasing a zebra. But, oh the stride length. Runners typically have a cadence of 160-180 per minute, regardless of linear speed. It’s the stride length that matters. Over-striding doesn’t work, but if Rolfing can increase your stride length by just 1″ with the same effort, you will see a dramatic drop in personal bests.
Session 3: Running Posture. In this session we refine your running posture by changing your structure, not so much your habits. Are your arms synchronized with your legs? Is the psoas muscle allowing you to efficiently push off your toe hinge? Is your foot flexible enough to allow for proper foot plant, or is it acting like a brick on a hinge?
Frankly, I have had relatively few runners actually finish the Runners-3 Series. Most people who have started convert it to a 10-Series, a good choice for all athletes.
In addition to being a dedicated runner (50+ miles per week for 54 years and still going), I am a former high school track coach and have worked extensively with runners and other athletes in my Rolfing practice.