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when the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through; then spontaneously, the body heals itself - ida rolf
Breathe Deep, Stand Tall,
Sit with Ease.
Rolfing® is an approach to releasing tension that is held in the connective tissue of the body, called fascia. Sometimes compared to glue or fabric, fascia gives the body its own unique shape - it literally holds everything together! And when I say everything, I mean - everything. Fascia is found around every cell, muscle, nerve bundle and bone in the body. Through a variety of life experiences this connective tissue can become bunched together (think scar tissue), pulled or twisted, creating an imbalance in the body which can lead to pain, stiffness or a lack of mobility, and possibly even illness.
Rolfers ‘see’ the body in a unique way - in relationship to gravity. This relationship can be as complex as the body itself, so we use a framework called ‘The 10 Sessions’, which aims at resolving the root of the inconsistencies through an embodied educational process. This framework addresses the body's structure (how we look), coordination (how we move) and perception (how we use our senses), giving the client agency to navigate through space from a place of awareness and ease, changing one’s understanding of physical reality.
Embodiment Through Exploration.
The relationship with gravity is a key aspect of the Rolfing process, so it makes sense that the question of how we move through gravity is answered with Rolf Movement®.
A Rolf Movement session highlights movement patterns and asks questions such as how do we orient and resource ourselves? The session might revolve around an inquiry about:
how do we bear weight and rest down in order to lift up?
how economical is the movement?
where does movement placing unnecessary stress on the rest of the system?
is the range of perception regarding the movement?
what might make the movement more balanced and complete?
Sometimes assessing how resourced we are at day to day macro-movements such as standing, walking, sitting and breathing makes sense, but there may be a specific movement that has led to injury or chronic pain, such as swinging through a tennis serve, the habitual gait of a runner, or a sequence of yoga asanas. It may even be that there is an unexplored micro-movement that is the root of the problem.
The session is generally split between work with movement combined with touch to a deconstruct fascial holding patterns, rebuild spacial awareness and refine sensitivity in areas that are under-utilised.
The goal of any movement session is to look for a more efficient, integrated way to relate to gravity, and to restore our innate ability to orient and find direction.
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