Change your body with Rolfing
Part 1 – Sessions 1 - 3
Rolfing: Case Study
Follow the Rolfing Ten Series
Weekly we have people contacting us to explain the benefits of completing the Ten Series of The Ida Rolf Method or Structural Integration® program.
In case you do not understand what this method of bodywork designed by Ida Rolf is about the best way to describe it is as a hand’s on treatment that can release and reorganise the fascia connective tissue, you can think of it as the web, that supports the bones, muscles, nerves and organs in your body.
As practitioners we can give good reason of the benefits for our clients to go through the process of realigning the body with Rolfing ® but it is not often that we get the opportunity to work with a couple who are committed, well researched, have chosen this method as their preferred therapy to kick start another chapter in their exercise lifestyle and are willing to allow us to document the journey as a case study to share their insights and experiences through each session.
The other unique aspect of this story is that are in these special people are in their early 70’s. I thank them for their trust, confidence and honesty to share frankly their Rolfing ® experience with us all.
C2 – Response to treatment
My first Rolfing session went well.
Santiago is professional and knowledgeable. He assessed my posture and balance before he began the treatment. I could tell he is committed to helping his clients. I was prepared for painful manipulations but I experienced little discomfort. Afterwards I was relaxed and refreshed. I feel my balance is improved and my posture is improved. I have no soreness and I slept well.
I believe my neck issue will be corrected as Santiago advances his treatments.
Session 2 helps give the body a stable foundation by balancing the foot and muscles of the lower leg.
C1 – Response to treatment
My reflections on Treatment Two
· The treatment was a bit deeper and a bit more painful; however, not unbearable.
· Actually, the deep tissue work seems – briefly – to ease a bit stress – too bad that I’ve come into this treatment with some mental and emotional stress which has affected my physical being.
· My neck still feels tight, knotted, and limited.
· For some reason, or another I didn’t realize that I would have to have an active part in the Rolfing process.
· I have mixed thoughts on this process, as I have only experienced the therapist doing the work, while I drifted off into “la la land.” Maybe that is why I didn’t particularly like Pilates because it requires work. Geez, I am not a lazy person – but I am a bit mentally and emotionally tired – thus, the effect is not having physical vigour.
· Just before the treatment started, I had several episodes of “charley-horses,” which is another name for muscle spasm – in my toes.
· When Santiago worked on my right foot and lower leg, at times the pressure and/or pain seemed to register in my right lower back and hip. Again, not unbearable, but noticeable.
· Yet, when he worked on my left foot and lower leg, the pressure (no pain) register in my left cheek area – symptom of a muscle tremor.
· Walking home from the treatment, I was acutely aware of walking with my center core, and not with my hips alone – definitely, not with the knees. The walk was a bit arduous – but I felt more regal. Interesting.
Well, I look forward to Treatment Three. Hoping that my body will have a “Eureka Moment.”
The follow day we received this message…
Dear Mandy and Santiago,
WOW! This morning, although ever slight, I noticed that I have more range of motion in my neck-to-shoulder area. Quite happy about this discovery!
C1 – Response to treatment
Good Afternoon Mandy and Santiago,
Simple report today
- Treatment 3, Santiago manipulated the area around the rib cage.
- Although the manipulation around the waist area hurt a bit, the results was rewarding, as I felt as if the blood flow had free passage to my brain – ha ha, the brain needs aerated blood – makes for clearer thoughts.
- The interesting premise of Rolfing is each treatment focuses on one part of the body, in contrast to a deep tissue massage that covers the entire body in a 45 to 60 minute session. Thus, I am not sure I grasp the concept of the Rolfing segmented approach because I wonder if the un-manipulated parts of the body have a more negative effect on the treated area; or does the manipulated parts of the body have a more positive effect on the un-treated area. Hmm.
- Well. I look forward to Treatment 4.
- Santiago recognizes the points in the body that are knotted. He’s a holistic practitioner.
Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.