Rolfing Structural Balance
Think of a neglected building in need of repair due to wear and tear. Similarly the same occurs with the human body. An alternative for balancing the structure of the human body is Rolfing.
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Balance And Gravity
Aging, high stress and the environment play a big part of why our bodies can structurally become out of balance.
To be resilient an in balance requires the body to be flexible with gravity and the environment. Yet we see gravity as a losing battle taking over everything.
The aging process is perceived as a time when gravity takes over. The body no longer has the same structure and there is a lack of flexibility and resilience. Then there are the aches and pains, along with feeling tired just to get through the day.
All these symptoms point to the fact that the body is screaming to be balanced.
So the question is, can the human body be supported and lifting by gravity?
Being Out Of Balance
The body is constructed of flesh, bones, connective tissue (collagen), nerves and fluids all inter twined. Then there is the spiritual connection that shapes how the body interacts with the surrounding environment.
The body all to itself is a miracle but when illness, injury, and physiological stress enter the picture this often will alter the structure of the body.
The Body Holds Injury
The body holds on to injury in a way to protect itself. Even with a simple sprain, the first thing that happens is pain followed by swelling. The body is putting our alert signals to protect and immobilize the injury.
Adapting when injured is complicated. While healing the body will favor the strong area, over compensating, and the muscles along with the bone structure is struggling to maintain balance.
Mental trauma from being in abusive relations, lack of self-esteem, fears, metal anger and work stress also contribute to breaking down the body structure.
Symptoms of pain, breathing disorder, poor posture, poor eating are ways that the body will compensate to deal with these issues.
The Special Relationship Of Rolfer
Rolfer And Client
Rolfing is mainly an educational process, and thus there is an ongoing communication and trust between Rolfer and client. The client is often asked to make certain movements while the Rolfer is working. This helps the client to find and feel new alternative patterns of movement.
Rolfing For Body Balance
Rolfing and Rolfers work to release and free the body from pent-up and rigid structure. The goal is to balance and set the body back to a vertical line.
Rolfing works on the connective collagen tissue that holds the body together. If injured the tissues tighten the body. This can be due to an injury or from holding stress. It is similar to harden plastic that needs to be melted to become liquid again.
The Rolfer’s hands, uses warmth and pressure to release the fibers. This is done to realign the points, reset balance and to put the body back to vertical line. The pressure is controlled to loosen the fascia fluids surrounding the muscles releasing the tissue around the joints. Rolfing takes more than one time for healing and it is a very personalized, alternative form of therapy.
Often a good Rolfer will release tons of toxins from the body and the experience of being emotional released and feeling lighter can occur.
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Angela Ledington‑Fischer is a licensed physical therapist on the island of Kauai. She has extensive experience working with those who suffer from acute and chronic pain with excellent results.
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