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Subtle Shifts Toward Integration

Posted on 09/06/2022 at 9:43 AM

Very nice shift in this before and after picture from a single session. My clients right leg comes under her and adds more support to her structure starting at the right foot as it slightly rotates to a more parallel position which shifts the right lower leg's connective tissue, and that shift goes up and into the right hip as the entire right leg becomes more supportive in her pelvic girdle. This right sided shift allows more span or space into her left hip between the hip crest and 12th rib area which reveals a more horizontal pelvis which is one of the primary goals in Rolfing®. This movement in her left hip move all the way up to her left shoulder girdle area and her head shifts from tilting left to more down the centerline of her structure. This whole-body shift starts at her right foot and goes up her body to the head moving toward more integration in her overall structure which is the process-oriented bodywork of Rolfing®.

Making Gravity your Friend

Posted on 08/09/2022 at 3:48 PM

Moving to a better lateral line in this before and after animation from a single session. The flexion in my clients’ thighs is greatly reduced creating a more aligned profile. The lumbar spine lengthens and extends to give a little more length and support to the natural anterior tilt in her pelvis. The shoulder girdle moves posterior and allows her head to move back and have a better position in stacking the various segments of her body in a more easy and refined profile. This new line is more supportive to my client and creates more energy for her system as the force of gravity is allowed to flow through her structure more easily with her new alignment. A person wants to make gravity their friend and creating a more balanced lateral line will do just that!

Releasing Compression

Posted on 07/18/2022 at 4:13 PM

Likeable shift in this before and after animation from a single session. My clients left leg shifts to be more supportive. The left posterior lower leg moves from more lateral to more medial and that movement continues up her left leg allowing more space between the hip crest and 12th rib on both sides of her pelvis. The right lower leg shifts less than the left, but the slight shift creates more balance in supporting her weight more equally down each leg which is one of the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration. Her lumbar spine moves left to right all the way up her body toward the centerline and continues through her cervical spine and a slight rotation in her head which is moving left to right.

Shifting Weight

Posted on 06/27/2022 at 4:15 PM

Nice shift in my client in this before and after animation from a single session. My client had a significant injury many years ago to her left hip and knee. You can see in the after picture how my client shows more confidence in bearing weight in her left leg which transfers up her body into her thoraco-lumbar region that gains length. The length continues up her body bilaterally into the shoulder girdle and she gains height! My client is fit and has no extra weight and I mention this only because most of us are overweight to a lesser or greater extent which makes the integration process more complicated and more necessary. We are trying to get inside outside balance in a person’s structure with the most verticality with support that they can maintain without any artificial posturing.

Connection through the Foot to the Head

Posted on 06/08/2022 at 12:40 PM

Nice shift in my client in this before and after picture from a single session. The shift starts with her left foot rotating medially toward a more parallel position in relationship to her right foot. That movement follows in her lower left leg as her movement continues to move medially through the left thigh and elevates the left side of her pelvis creating a more horizontal pelvis which is one of the major goals in the Rolfing Structural Integration process. This left sided lift continues up her body into the left side of her shoulder girdle creating more evenness across her entire shoulder girdle. This left sided lift continues upward as her head moves to the right more down the centerline of her body and there is more even weight distribution into both legs into the ground.

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.

Rotations

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!

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