The Rolfing is over, and it’s just beginning

My 10-session Rolfing is done. By which I mean, it’s really only beginning. There are any number of ways that yoga and Rolfing meet, aspects they share: the body awareness; thoughts of movement and a wholistic approach to the body; being in the moment. But the real similarity they share is this: They are never … Continue reading The Rolfing is over, and it’s just beginning

The worst lesson from the Rolfing sessions

Throughout my years-long adventure in yoga, I’ve received the same advice, over, and over, and over again: Stretch. If that sounds obvious, it is. I’m stiff, I should stretch. I’ve heard it from yoga teachers, yogi friends, people offering unsolicited advice, even Tim Miller. Yes, even Tim Miller.   But it’s a difficult one to … Continue reading The worst lesson from the Rolfing sessions

Rolfing update: Bringing it all together at the heart

Sometime this week, I’ll have my final Rolfing session. (We’re still working on the exact when.) I’ve been skeptical during the past couple of weeks that everything would come together in a neat package. Ten sessions and I’m off into the wild.I figured I’d be the “wild.” Strangely, it seems to be coming together. At … Continue reading Rolfing update: Bringing it all together at the heart

Ashtanga, Rolfing and the science of the esoteric

The latest Rolfing session was the most uneventful. Not the most compelling way to draw you in, I’ll admit. It was focused around mula and uddiyana bandhas, or, to use the precise scientific and anatomical term, my belly. And I guess because that didn’t seem to be a big problem area, I don’t necessarily have a … Continue reading Ashtanga, Rolfing and the science of the esoteric

Rolfing: Which body are we working on?

I knew I was in in trouble when Russ said, “That’s some deep work we’re doing.” The fourth of 10 Rolfing sessions came and went, I wish I could say in the blink of an eye. But there was plenty more sensation as the focus turned toward my core — from my knees to my … Continue reading Rolfing: Which body are we working on?

Rolfing good; wheat very, very, very bad

Last Friday was a rough, toxin-filled day. Just generally miserable, in a feeling-under-the-weather-but-not-bad-enough-not-to-go-to-work/school way. And Saturday ended up worse. But for an entirely different reason. As I noted earlier, Friday was tough because of the after-effects of a fairly intense Rolfing session. The toxins were making their way out of my body, and I was … Continue reading Rolfing good; wheat very, very, very bad

I felt like hell the next day, so the Rolfing seems to be working

My Rolfer on Thursday night went, if I do say so myself, to town on me. I believe I’m remembering the proper descriptions: this was a focus on the “sheath” and later we’re moving on to the core. Apparently my sheath needed some help, especially around my IT bands. If I already hadn’t felt a … Continue reading I felt like hell the next day, so the Rolfing seems to be working

Rolfing homework: Thinking about those feet

Around Monday or so, I was feeling a bit down about the Rolfing I’m going through; not because of our Rolfer, but I felt like I was failing my homework assignment: to pay attention to my feet. The last couple of days have been a marked improvement. My walk may be slightly less lumbering (although I’m … Continue reading Rolfing homework: Thinking about those feet

Midweek Rolfing update: I’m walking like a toddler

If I asked you to imagine a toddler learning to walk, the picture would come easily to mind, right? Stiff legs. Unbalanced. Arms out to keep from falling. Sort of maybe a Frankenstein’s creature*-type look. That’s kind of me this week. Our go-to Rolfer — who understands yoga, and Ashtanga in particular — Russ Pfeiffer … Continue reading Midweek Rolfing update: I’m walking like a toddler