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Turning the Legs

Posted on 04/22/2022 at 10:14 AM

Before and after animation from a single session showing very good improvement in the long-term process of reorienting the feet and lower legs toward a more parallel position. One of the challenges to do this is that it is done in a way the more parallel presentation does not create a new strain pattern. My client’s right leg and foot have been injured in the past so right lower leg has a different profile than his left and despite this his right leg is able to make more progress to the parallel in this session. This shift goes up his body creating a more horizontal pelvis and the left side of his body moves upward from his hip crest to shoulder girdle showing more integration, his head sits better on his shoulder girdle and his posterior neck lengthens.

Creating Space

Posted on 04/05/2022 at 10:47 AM

Nice shift in my client in this before and after picture from a single session. Allowing for length in the lumbar spine area which enables my client to come up out of his hips and get space bilaterally between the crest of his hip bones and in the 12th rib area as both shoulder girdles move superiorly, and his head moves to a better position in his new orientation down the centerline of his body. Helping clients move toward more integration in their structure is one of the reasons why you would come to Rolfing Iowa and look forward to hearing from you soon!

Basis of Support

Posted on 03/17/2022 at 10:21 AM

Great example in this before and after animation of my client shifting his weight and reorienting his lower leg and feet moving toward more equal weight distribution into the ground. He is moving to his right to left and in the after picture the left leg is taking on similar weight as his right and his head moves right to left down the centerline of his body. His lower left leg moves so that his gastrocnemius goes to the back of the lower leg where it belongs as his left foot moves more medial and more aligned. There is a shift in his right lower leg, and it has less lateral rotation of the foot and lower leg. Ideally, we are looking to get equal weight going down each leg.

More about the "Line"

Posted on 03/01/2022 at 10:56 AM

In Rolfing we are trying to establish the most verticality with support that has equal amounts of body mass behind and in front of this imaginary lateral line which is not a plumb line and is different for everyone. In this before and after animation from a single session you can see less flexion in his thigh and that brings his waistline back and lengthens his neck and maintains his vison toward the horizon without creating too much flexion or extension in his neck. This movement reveals in the after picture an equal amount of body mass forward and behind this imaginary lateral line. My client reports that even small shifts are helpful in his regular workout routine.


Posted on 02/14/2022 at 3:18 PM

Nice movement in my client in a before and after animation from a single session showing rotation movement in the pelvis. As my clients left foot turns medially his gastrocnemius of the lower left leg moves to a better position on the back of the calf, is less medially rotated and his left leg is more supportive. His pelvis is moving right to left posteriorly. His rotation continues up the spine and is more clearly seen down the centerline of his body. His right shoulder girdle rotates back as his left shoulder girdle moves forward. Helping clients move toward more integration in their structures is what I am dedicated to at Rolfing Iowa!

Refining the Line

Posted on 01/28/2022 at 2:35 PM

Very nice shift in this before and after picture from a single session. Establishing a better lateral line that is easily seen. Lessening the flexion in the thighs allows the waistline to come back and the core to engage creating lift as the lumbar and thoracic spine lengthens and her head is better positioned on top of her shoulder girdle.

Rotation in the Pelvis

Posted on 12/08/2021 at 2:46 PM

Nice shift is this before and after from a single session where you can see nice rotation in the pelvis moving her left to right. What allows this is a slight shift in how the femoral head is seated in the acetabulum of the hip, and the line of the left leg straightens from the foot all the way up to the hip more easily seen in her anterior thigh. Following the movement up the body shows her head repositioned down the centerline of her body and her left side lifts to match more evenly her right side.


People come to Rolfing seeking relief from large variety of conditions that are limiting their ability to move with more freedom or get relief from the variety of ailments that cause pain and dysfunction in their lives. The whole-body integrated connection with a global perspective for the client working in the field of gravity makes it unique in the field of bodywork. I encourage my clients to speak to other people in their circle of friends who might benefit from and embrace Rolfing. Most people have not tried this but have experimented with many other modalities that exist to choose from. So, if you are not a current client, I invite you to experience a session here at Rolfing Iowa and see if it resonates with you and you might find it to be uncommonly effective for your specific issues. I look forward to hearing from you!

Moving Toward a Horizontal Pelvis

Posted on 12/02/2021 at 10:56 AM

​​​Exceptional shift in this before and after from a single session. Both legs medially rotate and move toward a more parallel position and her left side drops to create a more horizontal pelvis which is one of the hallmarks of what Rolfing is trying to establish.

Once we get a person’s structure more aligned in the field of gravity, we try to establish more stability in the many relationships within a person’s structure. Ultimately by paying more attention to subtlety clients become more adept at noticing what they are doing with their bodies and adjusting quicker when doing things that are detracting from what might be more optimal for them. We shape our bodies by our patterns and learning to recognize how we do this will be an important part of the integration process.

Developing the Lateral Line

Posted on 11/16/2021 at 11:04 AM

Very nice shift in my client before her 1st session and after the 3rd session. The gain in height is significant and comes from less flexion in her thighs allowing more extension down to the ground and the Rolfing lateral line begins to emerge. Additionally, there is more span between the hip crest and the 12th rib and visibly more lift. The goal is to get the most verticality that one can support without effort or strain and it is not a plumb line in the sense of anything artificial. We go back to the idea that the more aligned the individual the more gravity is supporting you and a person can have more energy and ease in movement.


Posted on 11/03/2021 at 12:50 PM

Great movement in my client in a before and after picture of his first session. His left foot rotates medially and moves more in alignment which moves his left lower leg, so the gastrocnemius moves toward the back of his calf and shift follows up his left hip and trunk as his shoulder girdle raises increasing the length of his side body from his hip to the axilla.

On his right side the there is a lesser shift on his lower right leg and the gastrocnemius moves to the back to a better placement. Also, on the right side from the hip to the axilla he gets longer, and right shoulder girdle elevates and right and left shoulder are more even overall. 

With the shoulder girdles coming up his trunk narrows, and my client is demonstrating an impressive shift in multiple areas.

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