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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.

Embrace Change

Posted on 10/27/2021 at 3:14 PM

Nice shift in this before and after image from a single session showing significant shift in height.

Working with increasing the span of the 12th rib to iliac crest relationship can in certain situations allow clients to reclaim more verticality that they have lost resulting effectively in measurable change. If one’s job requires considerable sitting this pattern can be a common one that Rolfing can most certainly address.

Rolfing helps you by steering you toward more adaptability and the process is steady often resulting in changes that clients can feel, see, and keep.

Rolfing Iowa remains a premier choice for those who are seeking full body integration in their structure and are involved in the quest to feel good again in their body. Change that builds session upon session allowing more fluid movement and less pain that can be felt and taken out of the individual session room and into the world you live in!

Engaging the Transversus Abdominis

Posted on 09/08/2020 at 6:11 PM


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.

Aim Low To Go High

Posted on 04/12/2020 at 2:52 AM

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.

Uncommon Patterns

Posted on 02/09/2020 at 11:42 PM

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.

Emerging Rolfing Line

Posted on 01/21/2020 at 10:00 PM

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.

Forward Head Position

Posted on 12/19/2019 at 12:54 AM

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.


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