Nice shift in this before and after from a single session revealing the importance of engaging the transversus abdominis muscle a deep core muscle in the abdomen. Connection to this muscle can easily be lost and learning on how to reconnect to it will be part of the process going forward in the Rolfing® Structural Integration process-oriented bodywork. Engaging the transversus abdominis helps my client in stabilizing part of her lumbar spine which was the area of primary complaint prior to her seeking out Rolfing to see if it could help her. As her backline lengthens, there is less flexion in her thighs, and her shoulder girdle moves back, and she is taller. There is more support in her structure without effort which is another goal of the process toward integration.
Nice shift in this before and after picture from a single session revealing the power that feet have in structural issues. The direction of both lower legs shift, derotate and move toward a more parallel orientation. The left hip drops and creates a more horizontal pelvis. The movement goes up the back through the head as my client’s structure lengthens. With the current COVID-19 pandemic underway and our lives shifting dramatically in ways that would have been inconceivable a few weeks earlier one might ask- Are the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration still relevant for all the necessary work you will need to get done when the restrictions on physical distancing are relaxed? To make some of the goals more relatable to your situation think in terms of being more adaptable and resilient, moving with greater ease with less pain into our new world as we navigate through this difficult terrain.
This is a before and after picture from a single session from a client who has come to me experiencing chronic back pain. The pattern he is showing is less common in that his right leg is more laterally rotated and his right hip is more elevated. In the after picturing his right leg has shifted more to a parallel position and his weight shifted more to his centerline which goes all the way up to his head. His hips are more horizontal in the after picture which are one of the main goals in the Rolfing® Structural Integration process. Additionally, in the after picture the right lower leg muscles are more in alignment and not migrating medially toward the midline as in the before picture. My client reports he is pain free in his lower back which is what he originally came to me for. His structure which at times proved challenging to shift was potentially influenced from working in a different industry that was physically more demanding than his current occupation. Rolfing® is process oriented intelligent bodywork and I encourage all that have not experienced it to contact me to see how it can help their current situation.
Here is a before and after picture of my client from a single Rolfing® session revealing a shift toward more lateral integration in her structure. In the after picture you can see less flexion in her thighs as her lumbar spine lengthens and there is less anterior tilt in her pelvis. Her upper body shifts posterior to a better balance and the shoulder girdle comes back to a better alignment. Creating verticality with support, providing education while working toward common goals, makes the process participatory, engaging and uncommonly effective.
In this before and after picture from a single Rolfing® session you can see my client’s head position shift back to a better alignment on top of his shoulder girdle. For every inch forward in head posture a general formula is that it creates an additional 10 pounds of pressure on the spine, so it is not uncommon for the head in effect to leverage twice its weight or more on the cervical spine. His lateral line improves markedly as his head comes back to a better position. A forward head profile can result in loss of lung capacity with its effect on inhibiting the lifting of the first rib in inhalation. It can also cause premature aging of the intervertebral joints causing degenerative joint disease. Changing the tone in his upper trapezius and levator muscles allow space for his head to come back posteriorly. Rolfing® helps clients to pay attention to what they are doing with their body outside of a session to give them the tools in the integration process.
In this before and after picture from a single session you can notice a significant lengthening of my clients torso in the thoracolumbar fascia area. This Rolfing® session is addressing low back pain issues and mid back cramping. One of the goals was to encourage her spine to move more posterior in space to redirect the anterior migration of her spine which is more visible in the before picture. The movement is up and to the left lengthening through her hip area. The rotation in her pelvis is moving right to left as her left leg moves under her to give more support to her new alignment. Creating better alignment and balance, shifting weight to the more beneficial, and working with clients to have more fluidity and ease of movement are some of the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration.
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.
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.
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.
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.