Archive for the ‘Rolfing Movement’ Category

Links for further Research and Information

Friday, December 15th, 2017

More information about the work I have studied, and where I studied it:

  • International Association of Structural Integrators
  • Guild for Structural Integration
  • Rolf Institute
  • Dr. Rolf herself!
  • Trauma Healing
  • Resources

    Friday, December 15th, 2017

    As a quick reference to the people and places I go to get myself taken care of, or have heard great things about from trusted sources, I offer you this list. I have gone into more detail about them here.

    Christina Pappas– Craniosacral Therapy, deep tissue Swedish massage
    Eve DeRooy– Craniosacral Therapy, Swedish massage, Somatic Experiencing/Organic Intelligence
    The team at Banya 5– for sooner-rather-than-later needs

    Kate Bradfield– Certified Advanced Rolfer
    Michael Hahn– Visceral Manipulation, Hellerwork
    Ron McComb– Certified Advanced Rolfer
    Lisa Torrison O’Neil– Structural Integration Practitioner

    Chiropractic Care
    Jared Kohler– super gentle, does very specific atlas/axis work as well
    Michael Ross– Active Release Technique and more traditional cracking

    8 Limbs Yoga Centers
    Kinesia Pilates
    Vitality Pilates
    Heroics Personal Training
    Crossfit RE

    Physical Therapy
    Heidi Gans
    Footworks Physical Therapy
    Movement Systems Physical Therapy

    Michelle Schwartz

    Primary Care
    Dean Chier, MD– Seattle Healing Arts Center has a great reputation.

    Stack Your Bones

    Thursday, March 30th, 2017

    I just found this little gem, an embodiment/movement practice in app and book form put together by fellow Guild graduate Ruthie Fraser. I have downloaded the app and am itching to explore!

    Help for the neck

    Monday, August 15th, 2016

    A client just asked me if there was something he could do to help his chronically stiff and achey neck on his own. Of course! I made a short playlist of YouTube videos to help this goal.

    First, my Somatic Experiencing training tells me that orienting is hugely important for the neck, as the desire to point our most-used information-gathering tools at objects and scenes of interest is crucial to our sense of safety, and that desire can help unlock movement potential.

    Next, from Mary Bond, a Rolfing Movement teacher, some physical cues to help ease the subtle movements at the top of the spine.

    Finally, if you are looking for a slightly longer exploration, a short neck-releasing Awareness Through Movement class by David Zemach-Bersin of the Feldenkrais Institute.

    Movement is life! When it comes to the neck, the more subtle the release, the more powerful– if you can get the strong muscular ribbons on all sides of your spine to let go, even just a little bit, the big movers will have more freedom to let go, too.

    Self-massage for foot mobility

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

    I just did this nice little self-care ritual of Mary Bond’s. I spend a lot of time in my bare or socked feet at work, but as she points out, that flat surface isn’t particularly interesting to my feet, and just threading my fingers through the toes as she suggests was a revelation.

    This past weekend I was up by the Hamma Hamma river on the Olympic Peninsula and was walking barefoot on the sun-warmed river rocks, massaging my feet on the old logs, and allowing the forest floor to stimulate all of the receptors on the bottoms of my feet. So good! It makes me appreciate how my son Huck has toughened up his feet with a mostly barefoot summer and now his steps don’t have to be so tender and tentative when he walks the earth that way.

    What is fascia?

    Monday, October 5th, 2015

    One of the common questions I get about my work is “What is the difference between massage and Structural Integration?” The primary difference is intention and the systems we are working with: massage therapy is great for stress reduction and getting the blood and lymphatic systems moving, Structural Integration is aiming more for engaging long-term patterns in the connective tissue of the body. This connective tissue system is something we call fascia.

    For a long time fascia was just the stuff the anatomists cut through to get to what they were studying, but over the past decade or two there has been more interest in the material itself. Several years ago I attended the very first Fascia Research Congress at Harvard University, where researchers and clinicians gathered for the first time to share their findings with one another. The fourth Fascia Research Congress was held just last month. I’m not a research wonk, but I did find the scientific process fascinating– ask a question, create a test, isolate the variables, collect the data, present your conclusions.

    Last time I checked in with the wonks, there was no consensus on the exact mechanism of change for fascia– i.e., why does it respond to Structural Integration, what is the physiology, what is the best way to get a response? The answer I got was that they only knew it was not strictly applied pressure. To create connective tissue change with pressure you have to load one spot with a tremendous amount of it, a force so great even the most heavy-handed Rolfers are not capable of doing it.

    The search continues, of course, and my curiosity lies with what they might find out about the nerve fibers and contractile tissue in the fascial matrix. There seems to be a place in connective tissue where the person (or the nervous system) is engaged, sometimes over-engaged, and if they can be met there and convinced that the grasp on that tissue can be loosened without dire consequences… well, it’s probably another post entirely to go into that, but let’s just say I’m interested to hear what the researchers find out.

    Here is a lovely, graphically detailed and illustrated description of fascia with Robert Schleip, a RolferĀ® and researcher in Germany (subtitled in English):

    Straighten Up and Fly Right!

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

    Vintage Stranger Ad, unfinished
    Vintage Stranger Ad, unfinished
    It’s Summer in Seattle! The best time of year, and you should be feeling your very best. To help keep you flying through these long and lovely days, I’m offering a mini-series of Structural Integration for a reduced rate: Three sessions for $300. (That’s a savings of $75 for the set!)

    If you have never received Dr. Rolf’s Structural Integration work, three sessions is a perfect intro, and should leave you feeling light on your feet, longer in your spine, and either completely satisfied or aware that you need more.
    If you have done a series in the past, three is a great tune-up set.

    To take advantage of this offer, book three appointments here and use promotion code SUMMER!. Offer ends August 31, 2016.

    Fascial Research

    Monday, April 1st, 2013

    This is a longish video from a German TV documentary about back pain. Good stuff!

    Connecting body to Earth and energy

    Monday, July 30th, 2012

    Dr. James Oschman has been a friend of the Rolfing community for a long time. He has theorized that fascia is the primary energy conductor of the body, and written a couple of books explaining how “energy medicine” is a real thing and not just an airy-fairy new-age wish.
    This article is about receiving positive electrons, which are powerful antioxidants, from the surface of the Earth by walking barefoot outside, a practice called “Earthing”.
    One of the primary goals of a Structural Integration series is to help people find support from the earth– or the ground– so that they can find the length that comes from having a nicely rooted foundation. Waking up the soles of the feet to sensation and discovering their inherent ability to adapt to the varied surfaces of the earth gives us an all-over feeling of greater security and lightness of movement.
    Here, Mary Bond, a wonderful Rolf Movement teacher, has several exercises designed to wake up the feet and lower leg.

    Movement Cues from Mary Bond

    Monday, October 31st, 2011

    Mary Bond is the Chair of the Rolf Institute’s Rolf Movement program. She has authored two books, Balancing Your Body and The New Rules of Posture, and numerous magazine articles on bodywork and movement. Her teaching emphasis is on the practical sensory and movement awareness that contributes to sustainable improvements in mind and body functioning.

    Here is a preview for a DVD that should be available November 1, 2011 that shows how to do a regular household chore with less strain: