All of the parts of our bodies develop in appropriate relationship to each other when we are embryos. These relationships are still present in the adult. (all together now ….“The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone, …”) When the relationships are disturbed due to injury, habits, cultural expectations, etc., then aches or pains, worn out joints, stiffness, poor posture and fatigue result. The purpose of Structural Integration/Rolfing® is to re-establish these primal anatomical and functional relationships. When this happens, many aches and pains disappear as balance, ease and efficiency return to our movements.
Rolfing® also known as Structural Integration (SI) can create a dramatic improvement in posture and appropriate anatomical relationships.
We don’t, however, stand around like trees. We are the only creatures on earth who are vertical while moving. Rolfing® and Structural Integration facilitate more than good posture. It is just as important that we can carry our balanced and supported bodies into our activities and movements with grace, fluidity and efficiency.
Most of us are out of alignment
All injury is inherently shocking and disturbs the body’s order and coherence. In response to injury the body contracts, it seizes up. This retreat from harm is a well known biological fact present in all living creatures and plants. The consequences of injury and our largely unconscious response to it are embedded in the body as an historical record of Compensation.
Our memory and our response to injury are not only locked in our flesh and bones, but also in our nervous systems.
SI/Rolfing releases the physical memory of trauma, the holding and compensation within the tissues, allowing reestablishment of the original relationships. The nervous system will also start to normalize as the present time truth of well being begins to replace the anxiety of past defenses and coping strategies.
Our bodies are a record of our life’s traumas, of how we posture ourselves, and even of our births. Trauma is a fact of life. It does not have to be a life sentence. The body is so changeable that it can come into balance at any time in life.
Dr. Rolf was adamant in stating that to improve the human being, one needs to have a vertical, well balanced, freely expressive and adaptable body. A favorite quote of hers:
“When the body gets appropriately aligned, .. the energy can flow through and spontaneously the body heals itself.”
All of our parts develop in the womb with optimal relationships and organization. When this is disturbed, many maladies may develop. Supporting and helping the body’s self organizing force to find expression can have profound whole body effects.
Meet Our Practitioner
Most of Sarah’s work involves resolving old injuries and their compensations. A broken leg or sprained ankle as a child can lead to lack of support and inefficient movement resulting in back pain as an adult. Through highly skilled manipulations, her work reestablishes anatomically normal alignment and bio-mechanically efficient movement patterns. In so doing, the major segments of the body – head, neck, shoulders, chest, pelvis, legs, ankles, and feet are brought towards their optimal organization.
Many of Sarah’s clients come to her after receiving some sort of manual therapy (physical therapy, chiropractic, etc.) which was effective for a short time but didn’t last. (“I felt great until I walked to my car”). A useful analogy is – if the drywall is cracking on the 3rd floor of your house, you can patch the drywall. If it keeps cracking, you need to patch the drywall and look at the whole structure all the way to its foundation. This is what she does.