Rolfing, what to expect
What is Rolfing SI? Rolfing™ Structural Integration is a holistic approach at finding balance and harmony within the body primarily through the influence of fascial tissue manipulation. Ida Rolf is the woman who created the method of what is known as the “10-series”. Dr. Rolf discovered that when a body is better balanced in gravity, it has the adaptive capacity to move effortlessly and without pain. When out of alignment with gravity, the unseen force will continually pull the body further from alignment, and it is experienced as pain and discomfort. Using a formulaic approach with each session to move the body into better alignment with gravity allows the person to experience the feeling of freedom and relief, sometimes even from chronic pain. This is accomplished by retraining the muscles and fascial tissue to hold and move the body in the most economical way possible.
What should I expect during a Rolfing Structural Integration session? Please come prepared in your “Rolfing uniform”. The Rolfing uniform is clothing you find comfortable, such as underwear, sports bra (please no “super strappy” sports bras) and shorts, or any item of clothing that is loose and able to be moved to work directly with the skin. As a Rolfer, I am able to work best if I can see the changes that are happening with the fascial tissue, so clothing that allows for skin to skin contact but also is comfortable to the client. If you have any questions about what is an acceptable uniform please feel free to ask your Rolfer or check in with the front desk. Following sessions you may experience some general “soreness” similar to a good workout, staying hydrated and stretching will help to minimize discomfort.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch approach to therapy that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, and improve whole-body health.
Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system. And few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system that the craniosacral system— the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord.
A typical CST session lasts either 60 or 90 minutes. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded massage table.
What can you expect?
Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your head and body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of work fluid flow or tissue motion, your practitioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas, and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.
craniosacral for seniors
A variety of conditions that are inflammatory in nature may begin to develop in adults from their 30s onward. What may seem like minor issues at first, can gain momentum and cause more severe problems and complications as we age. Conditions that may be avoided or reduced by craniosacral therapy include the following: osteoporosis, cardiac symptoms, diabetes, headaches and migranes, arthritis, scoliosis, autoimmune disease.
According to the American Brain Foundation, evidence on the effectiveness of treatment modalities, such as CranioSacral Therapy, is bringing renewed hope to millions of people suffering from dementia and Alzheimers.