Releasing the Hurt That Hides Your Perfection

A shift towards greater physical ease creates noticeable changes in your thoughts, emotions and social interactions.

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Sigh... there is nothing like a deep bodywork session - or a juicy yoga class - to reveal how much “stuff” you’ve been carting around with you in your body. Two days ago I received that kind of deep bodywork, the kind I give to others as a Rolfer, the kind I didn’t even know I needed. And since then I’ve felt so much different, that I had to explore this and share it with you.

My shoulders and neck and hands felt like new body parts. My posture and walk was easy, light, aligned. Free, mobile, yet strong, a perfect balance. 

Would it be any surprise to you that I also felt kinder and calmer and clearer the next day? I mean, it was the behavioral equivalent of going from typical NYC hustlin’ and schleppin', to warm southern hospitality. 

I liked myself better. I liked other people better. These are good things. :)

The fascinating part of it is... you ARE already perfect. Yes, right now, as you are. What yoga can reveal to us is that at our core, we are limitless. Harmonious. And if you will, divine. Then, in the same flash of insight we also discover that we’ve let go of the physical, psychic, energetic "gunk" that had been layered over our perfection. 

You know what I’m talking about? That on again off again tension in your shoulders, that holding in your belly. The hurt you experienced years ago that still overshadows your relationships. Seemingly it’s always there, like a friend who has become toxic. Like rust on a once-smooth and perfectly reflective surface, that gunk gradually takes over until it becomes your identity. You've become your hurt.

You don't need to psychoanalyze yourself to death to get rid of this hurt. You just need to find out how you can feel safe enough to let it go.  Mindful movement, a great yoga class, and skillful bodywork can help. I think that 95% off the time, you no longer need that layer of “protection” - the stuff you are carting around. You may think we need it, or more commonly, you might not even know it’s there!

TRY IT OUT

This week, how can you take the best care of body? I encourage you to choose activities that support you as you need to be supported. Take a walk in the park, practice yoga, dance, rest, run - Whatever it is, if it makes your heart sing, go for it! Notice how the joy of movement colors your perception and affects your interactions with others. Mind-body-spirit are only different sides of the same dice. 

I am here to support you if you need me. Wishing you and yours only the best.

With Love,

Chelsey

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