Balanced Body, Balanced Being

We all have our unique definitions of what it means to feel "balanced."

How do YOU experience balance in your body? For me it's wearing comfortable clothes that allow me to breathe and move. It's a consistent awareness of my breath and how my emotions light up different areas of my body: fear, for example, is a tightening around my heart's pericardium; joy is a feeling of cool air embracing my eyes and the skin on my forehead. I feel balanced when my spine is able to easily stack its vertebrae while I sit and walk; balance feels like the support from my legs and feet as I stand upright in gravity. I feel equanimous after a 75-minute yoga practice, when I stand up from savasana and feel that all is well with the world, if only for a moment. I feel balanced half-way through an acupuncture session when my body surrenders to the stillness that the needles demand and my nervous system finally relaxes. I feel like I can do anything after a great Rolfing session: whether its a handstand or a business interview.

Balance is movement, it is not a static state. The body, the emotions, and our perceptions are constantly in flux though constantly working to return to homeostasis.

"Rolfing does not 'cure' symptoms. The goal of Rolfing is a more resilient, higher-energy system. The organism then is itself better able to defend against illness and overcome stress, and the greater energy does its own beneficial work in healing and relaxing. Rolfing does not achieve perfection; it begins a process. 

Its goal is to establish balance in gravity. The ten-hour cycle is a first step in that direction. Rolfing is an ongoing process that continues long after the work has been completed. Bodies have a natural liking for uprightness, comfort, and ease. Insofar as they can experience it, they try to live in a place of balance.

In this place, the energy of gravity can flow with (not counter to) the energy of the individual." -Dr. Ida Rolf

Are you ready to try Rolfing? Contact me today!

Rolfing During and After Pregnancy

By relieving pain and tension and bringing the body into optimal balance, Rolfing® can be extremely useful in helping expecting mothers and new parents adapt to the physical demands of pregnancy and parenthood. Great news for Moms and Dads!

 

With the proper precautions, Rolfing can help support expecting mothers as they experience profound changes in their bodies. Possible benefits include smoother birth; relief of discomfort in the feet, ankles, legs, hips, back, spine, and pelvis; and the well-deserved satisfaction that comes from self-care and coming back into healthy relationship with the body. 

Some questions to take into account for expecting women are: the general health and activity level; pregnancy/birth history; and familiarity with Rolfing or other bodywork. 
The Rolfer will also take care to use positional strategies (e.g. client laying on her back, side, seated) that are appropriate for that trimester and the client's comfort level.

After giving birth, the body continues to incorporate and adapt to rapid changes. This is an ideal time to consider a Ten Series, ten sessions which holistically treat and effectively reset the entire body. Each session addresses different regions and relationships, such as that between pelvic balance and back health, and evokes order in how those relationships function. For those who had already done a Series, they may choose to repeat it, or to do a series of 3-5 Post-Ten sessions.

The general recommendation is for women to wait 6 weeks and after they've stopped bleeding, before receiving any Rolfing. Breastfeeding hormones create increased mobility and looseness in the ligaments and tendons, so it may be practical for the Rolfer to use less pressure and/or focus on stabilizing rather than opening the joints.

Rolfing can also help parents maintain safe body alignment as they meet the demands of early childhood care. Activities such as lifting, carrying, rocking and feeding can place heavy demands on the body. Rolfing can help to unwind pain, tension and restriction while evoking better economy of movement through client education. That means less tired, happier parents!

For questions and booking, please contact Chelsey