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Valgus Legs (commonly referred to as knock-knees)

Posted on 10/08/2017 at 12:03 AM

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In these before and after pictures from a single session you can see my clients weight shift from left to right with her head more down the centerline of her body. Her left lower leg changes its orientation and allows for the left foot to be grounded securely and overall has more symmetry in the angulation of both the lower left and right leg. In the after picture there is more even balance of weight going down her legs into the ground. In the before picture  a disproportionate amount of her total weight is going down the left leg and after the session much more even is the distribution of weight.  Many people feel that the Valgus (my client here) or the opposite pattern Varus (bowlegs) is not amenable to change The Rolfing® Structural Integration process takes a different view of these patterns and others and works toward creating more balance and ease in your body.

Refining the lateral line

Posted on 03/14/2016 at 1:58 PM

You can notice a refinement of my client’s lateral line in these before and after pictures from a third session. By reducing the flexion in his thighs his trunk is better positioned and sits on top of a less anteriorly tilted pelvis. There is more even balance behind and in front of his emerging lateral line.

The Rolfing® Structural Integration process is slow and steady and often results in changes that clients can feel, see, and keep.  I am making it easier for clients to enroll for a series by giving flexibility to choose the sessions for themselves, family or friends in any combination. Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Letting Gravity Flow Through

Posted on 07/26/2015 at 2:07 PM

Here are some dramatic before and after pictures of my client from a single session.  One of the larger concepts in the Rolfing® Structural Integration process is working with clients to make them more aware of the field of gravity and how they are positioning themselves in this field. Rest assured gravity in not neutral it is supporting you or working against you and we want to educate clients to grasp this concept which is one of the differentiating aspects of this style of bodywork. These pictures represent a big shift in proprioception in my client and not everyone has the facility of such movement in a single session. Additionally, when this happens a certain amount of the shift generally will be given back due to your body defending against a shift in orientation of this magnitude. My client continues to do well and I might present another picture of a later session showing more subtle refinement of alignment. And by the way should you be experiencing any foot, knee, hip, shoulder, or neck issues Rolfing® Structural Integration works for relief in these areas exceptionally well as practitioner and client work together toward integration. I am making it easier for clients to enroll in a series by giving flexibility to choose the sessions for themselves, family or friends in any combination.  Contact us and make your appointment today. 

First session release

Posted on 05/24/2015 at 1:37 PM

Take a look at these great animated before and after pictures from my clients first session and notice some of the changes-a little less flexion in her thighs and nice lift in her torso and chest as her head rests more easily on top of her shoulder girdle and her forward head position is reduced . Creating verticality with support, providing education while working together toward common goals, makes the Rolfing® Structural Integration process participatory, engaging and uncommonly effective.  Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Bringing the lumbars back

Posted on 04/20/2015 at 1:53 PM

You can see in these animated before and after pictures from a single session a nice improvement in the direction of the lumbar spine as it moves posteriorly back in space allowing a shift all the way up his body through the shoulders, neck and head. His torso is stacked over his pelvis with more balance and his head is better positioned on the shoulder girdle with a lengthened posterior neck which allows the trajectory of his eyes to be more on the horizontal than tilted upward. In the before picture when the lumbar spine is positioned more anteriorly it makes my client appear heavier than he actually is. One of the benefits of going through the Structural Integration process is that by redirecting the connective tissue clients look better(often slimmer) and feel better, too. I am making it easier for clients to enroll in a series by giving flexibility to choose the sessions for themselves, family or friends in any combination.  Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Proprioception Again

Posted on 04/04/2015 at 2:07 PM

Here are some nice shifts from these animated before and after pictures from a single session.  My client in his profession spends a lot of time on the phone and so the way he holds the phone creates a pattern in his body reflecting some of the imbalance. You can notice in the after picture the different orientation in his left side starting at the foot working all the way up his body to his head. There is less lateral turnout as his leg medially rotates to a more parallel position with support. Some of the patterns in our bodies are helped significantly from our own awareness of what we are doing with them and then modifying and changing positions to repattern our own structure.  Structural Integration suggests to clients that by being more aware with what they are doing with their body in their day to day activities can translate into helping them change some of the issues that have brought them into a session. Structural Integration bodywork combined with body awareness is an intelligent course of action to take.  I am making it easier for clients to enroll for a series by giving flexibility to choose the sessions for themselves, family or friends in any combination. Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Upslipped Hip

Posted on 01/24/2015 at 5:13 PM

Here are some nice animated images from a single session and my client is showing a pelvic upslip on her left side.  She had been using a heel  lift in her right shoe for the last 30 years and is no longer using it after going through a Structural Integration process with me. You can notice her hips become more horizontal and the right side of her body lifts all the way up and her head is better balanced on her shoulder girdle. In my client base I have a significant number of people who have spent a relative fortune on a variety of lifts they can put in their shoes. In the Structural Integration process we come from the belief that we can change or lengthen the connective tissue so that is some circumstances the lift that clients are placing in their shoes are no longer necessary. It is also inconvenient to transfer the lift from one shoe to another considering most people have quite a few pairs of shoes. I have made it easier to go through a series by allowing packages that can be used individually or by families and friends in any combination. Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Boston Marathon in April

Posted on 01/20/2015 at 5:13 PM

Nice shift in these before and after pictures from a single session in my client who is an avid runner and getting ready for the Boston Marathon in April.  In the Structural Integration work we try to create horizontal hinges with the most verticality with support that a client can maintain. In these pictures you can see how his hips become more horizontal and his head moves up and to the right with a much clearer centerline. Creating a more aligned structure should be beneficial no matter no matter what sport or activity you are in involved in. Working with the integration theme requires involvement of the client and a commitment to practice more self-awareness on how they are creating patterns in their own body so that they have more ability and freedom to create new patterns that are more beneficial to all the things they might be involved in- running, walking, biking, swimming and all the things we do in motion including sitting. Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Second Session Considerations

Posted on 11/16/2014 at 2:09 PM

Here are some animated before and after pictures of my clients second session going through the Rolfing® Structural Integration process and in this session the feet are one of the areas of focus. In the before picture you can see how his right foot has lateral rotation and continues up the lower leg where the muscles and fascia of the lower leg compartment migrate toward the midline. The lateral rotation continues up his right thigh into his hip. In the after picture you can see less rotation in the right foot and the muscle and fascia of his lower leg compartment shift back to a better placement and this shift in the right leg goes up the body and his right side has more lift as his head is more centered down the midline. Creating active feet is introduced in a second session and how an articulated foot can greatly enhance the action of walking with more fluidity and economy of motion. Creating awareness and providing education is the ongoing enterprise of Rolfing® Structural Integration. Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Side body length discrepancy

Posted on 10/29/2014 at 2:10 PM

You can notice in these before and after animated pictures from a single session how my client demonstrates the concept of side body length discrepancy in the before picture. In the after picture you can see increased length from her right hip crest to the axilla which creates more horizontality in her shoulder girdle and her pelvis. My practice involves helping facilitate integration from a structural perspective. Creating more balance and verticality with support are some of the key concepts. Going through the Rolfing®Structural Integration process is participatory and engaging and something that you might consider trying if you are looking for bodywork with a unique perspective that is effective at helping you change. Contact us and make your appointment today. 

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