Rolfing is a complete approach to building your body's foundation and an effective way to reduce pain from the weight of gravity. Experience a session and feel how it can help you.
Rolfing Structural Integration is a process-based approach that explores the possibility of change in how you use and experience your body through skillful touch and movement therapy.
Through the use of therapeutic touch, movement education, and awareness, you can release painful patterns of tension, replacing effortful habits with comfort and ease.
Rolfing systematically addresses your body as a whole, usually over a series of sessions. Skillful touch brings relief from pain & discomfort, & awareness to how you're holding & using your body. Together, we engage in an inquiry around how you relate with your body & environment.
My role in this process is to help you:
Recognize patterns of tension that no longer serve you.
Discover new options for movement/posture.
Explore useful ways of thinking about your physical experience.
Apply relevant self-care strategies to support your well-being.
The prescription of SI — the Recipe — is a map shaping the intention of the journey by systematically processing structural anatomy from superficial to deep, head to toe, front to back, side to side, and inside to outside. It is a distillation of knowledge, wisdom, and experience that is immediate, direct, and economical. Rolf recognized that a body is organized in concentric layers, that body function can be understood only by realizing the interrelationship of these layers.
By addressing layers, the series has a cumulative effect greater than the impact of one session or another. Each session generates a wave of change to the fascial network, affecting all systems of the body simultaneously. In sequence, each session predicts the need for the next, inviting random disorder to surface, unwinding years of habituated compensation that has become painfully normal and all too familiar.
The map leads practitioner and client into a voyage of discovery and the promise of personal evolution. This series is a field for exploration into the nature of being in time, space, and gravity. Structure becomes a metaphor for function, breath a window to resilience moving through the system. The Recipe is a koan, the series an odyssey approaching the whole person, affecting body, mind, psyche, and spirit through structure.
The Recipe is a seven-step process — a sequence of myofascial manipulations perturbing unconscious postural patterns, moving from superficial to deep layers, exposing underlying compensatory holding and tension. Principles of the work are encrypted, woven into the Recipe. Work in the front of the body is in service to the back; back work is in service to the front; work above is in service to the base, and base work serves structure above. As above, so below.
Every session addresses the necessity of bringing the pelvis into a horizontal state by organizing, stabilizing, and mobilizing that most central of segments. By addressing the relationship of pelvis to ground through the base of support (and pelvis as the base of support for the spine, cranium, arms, and shoulder girdle), a new gestalt emerges around the line.
Clients coming for the series are ready for a change. First, we see how the body is ordered in space. Random bodies move toward disorder by falling away from the center, which begins a cascade of splinting and compensating expressed as chronic flexion or extension. We look for what is right and make space for that to get better. Our intention coheres in a vision of postural integrity, symmetry, and equipoise by evoking, rather than imposing, order. Everybody has an implicate order awaiting space for expression. The series is a ritual of centering, like clay on the potter’s wheel becoming a ceramic pot. Balanced pottery is a container of space organized around its center. The art in this craft is knowing when less is more.