Announcement Regarding Coronavirus:

I hope each of you is well and safe amid the sudden uncertainty. May those who are vulnerable among us receive protection and timely treatment.

I’ve made the decision to stop seeing clients for now, because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We don’t know enough to be sure there are any precautions that will absolutely ensure safety, and I don’t want to risk being a vector for spreading the coronavirus to my clients. I’ll reevaluate as we all learn more in the coming days and weeks. Once we see how the first spike in sick people develops, and once testing is widely available, I hope it will be safe to resume with extra precautions.

I’m more than happy to be a resource for you in the meantime if I can, as far as strategies and cues for posture, movement, and coping. I love what I do, and I will be missing sharing it, so feel free to reach out any time!

Let’s all take care, and whenever we can touch in with a sense of peace and courage, let's share it with those who need it.

Paul

About Rolfing

Rolf­ing engages with the pat­terns that shape your body to dra­mat­i­cal­ly improve the way you feel and move.

How Rolfing Helps

For more than 60 years, Rolf­ing has been a great help not only to peo­ple look­ing for relief but also as a cat­a­lyst for peo­ple of all walks of life—athletes, musi­cians, yogis, and others—to make strides in the mas­tery and ease they feel in their bod­ies.

Rolf­ing is able to help clients with a great vari­ety of prob­lems and goals for their bod­ies. A Rolfer will con­cen­trate on prob­lem­at­ic areas but always seeks to build order, ease and bal­ance through­out the body to sup­port the release and relief of the areas that are under more stress.

Here are a few of those issues that respond well to Rolf­ing:

  • relief from chronic tension and pain

    Pain, ten­sion and strain result when your body isn’t han­dling the forces com­ing through it properly—in action (walk­ing, run­ning, lift­ing) and in activ­i­ties as seem­ing­ly triv­ial as hold­ing your head erect or typ­ing all day.Of course, we’ve named many of the kinds of chron­ic issues that peo­ple expe­ri­ence. Among those, Rolf­ing has helped clients with issues like back pain, neck pain, ITB syn­drome, plan­tar­fasci­itis, spine com­pres­sion, some recur­ring headaches, TMJ syn­drome, and a vari­ety of oth­ers.

    If there is a par­tic­u­lar issue that you’re deal­ing with and you’d like to know if Rolf­ing can help, don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me.

  • improved alignment and posture

    Sit­ting or stand­ing “straight” does­n’t have to be an effort a chore. Any­one can ben­e­fit from build­ing bet­ter sup­port and align­ment in every­day life, includ­ing peo­ple with align­ment issues and sco­l­io­sis.

    By orga­niz­ing the body to be sup­port­ed eas­i­ly all the way down through your feet, Rolf­ing aims to make the sim­ple act of sit­ting or stand­ing upright eas­i­er and more pleasurable.Practitioners of move­ment arts like yoga, dance, Pilates as well as seat­ed med­i­ta­tion also find that the detailed atten­tion Rolf­ing brings can help them make shifts that they had­n’t yet been able to make in their own prac­tices

  • recovery from injury, trauma and overuse

    Your body changes when it has gone through some­thing trau­mat­ic, such as an acci­dent, injury, surgery, overuse or var­i­ous kinds of emo­tion­al or psy­chic trau­ma. The body builds scar tis­sue around wound sites, mus­cle tone and fas­cia short­en and con­tract to pro­tect the body in var­i­ous ways.

    These pat­terns of heal­ing, pro­tec­tion and com­pen­sa­tion are important—they’re about survival—but they can also out­live their use­ful­ness, reshap­ing the way your body holds itself togeth­er. Rolf­ing works well in these cas­es to sup­port recov­ery of free­dom and full range of motion.

  • more powerful and efficient movement

    Many ath­letes have ben­e­fit­ed from the boost to per­for­mance and effi­cient body mechan­ics that the work of Rolf­ing pro­vides. By help­ing the body align and orga­nize at a fun­da­men­tal struc­tur­al lev­el, Rolf­ing frees up mus­cu­lar ener­gy and coor­di­na­tion that oth­er­wise would have been wast­ed.

  • improved balance and motor control

    When forces are bal­anced more even­ly through your the tis­sues of your body, you not only have more ener­gy avail­able to you, you also increase your pro­pri­o­cep­tion— your abil­i­ty to sense bal­ance, posi­tion and space as you move.

  • greater comfort and ease in the body

    Rolf­ing is essen­tial­ly about ease—bringing a lev­el of order to the body that allows you to be in it with less effort and strain—and deal­ing with the issues that are get­ting in the way.

    When you’re more bal­anced and orga­nized, your joints and spine decom­press, you feel less strain and more open, stronger, and at home in your body.

How Rolfing Feels

A typ­i­cal Rolf­ing ses­sion starts with a short assessment—movement and per­haps a walk around the room—to see pat­terns that are show­ing up in the client’s struc­ture while mov­ing and how they might have changed since last time.

Most of the ses­sion after that takes place on the table as we work hands-on with the rel­e­vant restric­tions, and the hour typ­i­cal­ly winds up with anoth­er short assess­ment as well as some move­ment cues and sug­ges­tions to help you feel what’s changed in your body and to take those changes out into the world with you in a clear­er way.

You’ll leave a ses­sion feel­ing relaxed, aligned, and often hav­ing learned some­thing new about the kinds of move­ment avail­able to you.

The qual­i­ty of touch in a Rolf­ing ses­sion is gen­er­al­ly slow, with a clar­i­ty and pre­ci­sion of con­tact that clients gen­er­al­ly feel “met by” and very com­fort­able with. The pres­sure can range from rel­a­tive­ly strong to very gen­tle, depend­ing on the areas being addressed.

Some peo­ple have the idea that Rolf­ing is very painful, or that it should be painful if it’s going to work. Nei­ther of these is true. See the FAQ page for more my per­spec­tive about the dif­fer­ence between effec­tive work, deep work, and painful work.

Because struc­tur­al work like this devel­ops over time in a person’s body, Rolf­ing tends to be most effec­tive in a lim­it­ed series of ses­sions, each one build­ing on the progress of the next. Sin­gle ses­sions can be very effec­tive, but build­ing ses­sions togeth­er in series tends to help the work take shape stronger and last longer. Dr. Rolf taught a stan­dard series of ten ses­sions (known as the Ten Series) which works method­i­cal­ly through the major rela­tion­ships in a client’s body.

How Rolfing Works

Named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolf­ing orga­nizes your body struc­ture by work­ing with con­nec­tive tis­sues (or fas­cia).

Fas­cia per­me­ates your entire body. This com­plex and ever-chang­ing web deter­mines the range and lim­i­ta­tions to your pos­ture and your move­ments. Your entire mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem is embed­ded in and shaped by fas­cia. Any change to any part affects the entire arrange­ment of the web.

By work­ing with the fas­cia, we’re work­ing with the way your body is con­nect­ed togeth­er on a fun­da­men­tal lev­el. Rolf­ing is able to make last­ing changes in the ten­sion and bal­ance in your mus­cles as well as the rela­tion­ship of your bones, the shape of your spine, and more.

This allows for last­ing relief of areas of ten­sion and strain, along with an over­all bet­ter orga­ni­za­tion of the body that brings about a whole new lev­el of ease.

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