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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. 

Weight through the midline

Posted on 10/19/2014 at 2:13 PM

In these animated before and after pictures from my clients first session you can see a nice shift in her weight distribution left to right so the weight is more evenly distributed through the midline of her body and her left leg and right leg have more equal weight distribution into the ground. Her left shoulder is much less rounded and the shoulder girdle more even. There is less rotation in the pelvis and it is more horizontal- one of the hallmarks of Rolfing® Structural Integration’s paradigm. Contact us and make your appointment today. 

Creating Horizontals

Posted on 09/24/2014 at 5:12 PM

In these animated before and after pictures from a single session you can see some shifts in my client-in the before picture you can see a that her left hip is up-slipped and after the session her pelvis is more horizontal and the weight more evenly distributed down the body through each leg. Also, her right side is less compressed up the body and allows her head to move toward the midline and is better positioned. Rolfing® Structural Integration bodywork is process oriented and builds over time to help balance a person in the field of gravity. Check out my website's internet special calendar page and take advantage of special pricing on a variety of time slots for past and current clients.

2 Months Postpartum

Posted on 08/25/2014 at 5:13 PM

In these before and after pictures from a single session you can see some nice shifts in my client 2 months after delivery. She had been suffering from chronic neck tightness and from this session you can see a much better neck alignment with a more normal cervical curve and her head more properly on top of her shoulder girdle with significant lift in the torso. Her upper back muscles were very tight and the hypertonicity created a situation of driving her head forward and by releasing the fascia in some of these areas it allowed room for her head to come back into more alignment. Rolfing®  Structural Integration is cumulative and gets better with time and shows to be an effective way of working with your body. Check out my website's internet special calendar page and take advantage of special pricing on a variety of time slots for past and current clients.


Posted on 08/13/2014 at 2:14 PM

In these before and after pictures from a single session you can see some nice shifts in my client’s structure. There is much less flexion in his thighs which allows his torso to stack nicely on top of his pelvis and by releasing some of the upper back fascia we made room for his head to be better positioned on top of his shoulder girdle. Most clearly seen in the pictures is his neck repositioned so the posterior neck is lengthened and correspondingly the anterior neck is shortened with his vision more on the horizon. Part of the challenge is proprioception where sometimes what feels like the right position is actually not supported by your structure and creates an unbalanced relationship. Part of the challenge is paying attention to what you are doing with your body so is awareness based. Paying more attention to subtlety in your body and combining that with the Rolfing® Structural Integration fascial work prove to be a powerful combination. Take advantage in October and buy a package and use it for yourself, family and friends!

Avoiding Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Posted on 04/07/2014 at 5:10 PM

My client who is 60 years old has been active in the trades most of his career which was very hard on his body. Prior to coming to me he had been considering a lumbar fusion for degenerative discs. Since coming to me has been feeling better and reconsidering the surgery which he thought he was not going to be able to avoid. Since surgery is such a big decision with uncertain outcomes it is nice to be able to take time to consider all your options. Rolfing® Structural Integration bodywork can help in some of these situations to allow more time to evaluate if indeed surgery is the necessary road to take. His pain situation has improved markedly as we move through the process oriented Rolfing®Structural Integration process. Viewing the animated before and after pictures of this session you can see a more horizontal pelvis and the head more centered down the midline and  a more even length on the left and right side body. This kind of bodywork can give clients a “toolkit” to take with them long after the session has ended encouraging them to be the proactive agent toward their own health.

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