Dancers Anonymous > Rolfing

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by skwiggy, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    I had my rolfing session today. The therapist noticed that I had a little bit of a twist in my posture (my left shoulder was going slightly up and forward), and I also told him that I spend a lot of time on computer, and he worked on my back, chest, neck and arms. I feel so relaxed in my upper part. We'll see if it will have any effects on my dancing.
  2. Josh

    Josh Active Member

    You all have gotten me interested in rolfing and I'm going to try it. Will let you know how it goes!
  3. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Yay, Josh! Do, please let us know how it goes. It's changed my life. And it has fer shure like totally changed my dancing. Or made it possible for *me* to change my dancing. :cool:
  4. Josh

    Josh Active Member

    I called a "certified advanced" rolfer today (also certified in Rolf Movement), and she was booked solid through mid-december (hopefully a good sign), so I scheduled my series through february; I will report back mid December and let you know how it goes!
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    excellent josh...i am currently trying to figure out how to fit trying this out into my life as well
  6. Josh

    Josh Active Member

    From what others have said here fasc, the nice thing seems to be that you do your 10-12 sessions, and then that's it! At least for a long time anyway... this appeals to me more than something I have to commit to doing every week or two weeks or even month (massage, chiropractic, etc).
  7. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    yea...but my schedule is just so weird and unpredictable...and the travelling, that...I haven't devised a plan yet
  8. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    I just went back and re-read this entire thread. I know I originally started it when I was considering Rolfing for my chronic back problems. Since then I have gotten my back problems generally under control through physical therapy, acupuncture, strength training, stretching and lifestyle changes, so I never ended up trying Rolfing.

    Now I find myself experiencing knee pain, the most recent diagnosis for which was patellofemoral pain syndrome, or runner's knee. Interesting, since I never ever run in order to protect my back.

    I have been doing physical therapy, which is helping, but I am looking for something more dramatic.

    I find myself again considering acupuncture, although I need to find a new acupuncturist because of insurance. And I thought more about Rolfing, and would like to consider that as well. For many reasons, the main one being time constraints, I really need to pick just one--either acupuncture or Rolfing. I'm waffling back and forth on which one I think will have a bigger and more lasting impact on my knee pain.

    Reading through this thread again was really quite inspiring. Gave me a lot to think about.

    I actually found one practitioner who does Rolfing out of an acupuncture clinic. Maybe I'll need to go there for a consultation and see if she recommends one over the other for my current issues.
  9. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    How do i find a reputable rolfer?

    Anyone has experience with this in NYC?
  10. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    www rolf dot org
    There's a link on the left to "Find a Rolfer." It's how I found mine.
  11. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Rolfing will not be more dramatic, but ime it has helped things like my knee/elbow/back pain. The impact has indeed been lasting. But I go to Rolf every week. He does not treat knee/elbow every week; in fact, very seldom. The regular sessions, combined with some specific work, have helped long term, so far.

    Sounds like a win-win.
  12. CANI

    CANI Active Member

    The first time I heard about rolfing, in very little detail, was about 5-6 years ago, from a work colleague. I've never tried it myself, nor do I have any plans to in the near future. However, I just started reading a book that happens to reference rolfing. I thought I'd mention it here in the event anyone had an interest in checking it out.

    The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand, and Move In the Modern World by Mary Bond

    The book says Mary Bond has a Master's degree in dance from UCLA and trained with Dr. Ida P. Rolf as a Structural Integration practitioner. She is a movement instructor at the Rolf institute and teaches movement workshops nationally.

    I was intrigued by the following endorsement, "Mary Bond's talent and expertise extended my professional dance career until age 52! Anyone who suffers from body dysfunction and pain must read her book. Actually, it should be mandatory reading from all institutions offering anatomy, kinesiology, and medical courses." Bonnie Oda Homsey, Former Member of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Artistic Director of American Repertory Dance Company.

    The book has lots of exercises, which I find helpful. I may come back and comment more once I've finished it, but fyi for now for what it is worth.
  13. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Cani, thx for reminding me it's time to take another look at this one. BTW, I can't believe I've not mentioned this book ever on DF. I lived with it for months, carried it around with me on all my trips. It's an EXCELLENT book. Beautifully written and illustrated, and approachable as all get out.
  14. CANI

    CANI Active Member

    That's so great to hear!!! I'm at the very, very beginning, but I'm impressed so far. I'm all the more excited now that I have a ringing endorsement from you!!
  15. CANI

    CANI Active Member

    Conversation in another thread made me remember this post. Please don't feel -- at all -- obligated to respond, but if you would like to, would be interested to hear of your experiences. You may have already shared this elsewhere on DF -- and if you did I missed it! No pressure, though, feel free to ignore worries...
  16. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    thanks for bumping this up, CANI. i re-read the whole thing and it took me back, and the timing is serendipitous because i've been "checking in" to my body lately and recognizing & appreciating how the changes that precipitated at the time of my 1st rolfing series back in 2008 have had long-lasting effect, and are still revealing themselves. it actually feels like what i did then has solidified now. that's a helluvalotta money's worth...

    also reflecting on how, shortly after i started the rolfing, i was laid off from my job, which precipitated some radical changes in my life, over a few years. and even that is coming to an end-shift now.

    i appreciate the perspective from 3 years later (i recall i finished my last session almost exactly 3 years ago...). my sacrum & pelvis are in very different alignment than back then. i would have wished these shifts to happen all at once back then but...sometimes things Just.Take.Time.

    would love to hear updates from anyone else who has had recent-ish rolfing experience...
  17. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    I think everybody has different experiences with Rolfing depending on how aware they are in their bodies and the particular issue that needs to be addressed when starting sessions.

    I have had some injuries and pain over my dancing career, but in the last year it has steadily grown worse to the point that I had begun to be non-productive in my practicing. I have been managing my condition through out with an osteopathic/orthopedic therapist and a deep tissue/ART therapist. Up until now, they could identify the mis-alignments in my skeletal structure and relieve pain temporarily, but had not been able to affect a permanent fix.

    Quite by accident I ended up with a Rolfer. I had bought a series at a body work place and the deep tissue specialist I was seeing I ended up booked with the Rolfer to use up my credit.

    I have since come to understand that there are at least three areas I needed to be tending to when taxing my body in sports - the bones, the muscles and the fascia. And I now have come to believe, after my experience with Rolfing, that it was the fascia release that I was missing in my quest to heal.

    I have had 5 sessions so far, and the outcome so far has been dramatic (and I think it may be different for everybody depending on the issue etc.). We have not followed the prescribed course of action used in the regular series of rolfing sessions, but have instead targeted the chronic pain since it was beginning to be debilitating.

    The practitioner I see has been releasing the fascia in my body which is bringing both bones and internal organs back to a more natural alignment. The muscles are then allowed to release from compensatory patterns that developed as a reaction to past injuries and the mis-alignments that resulted.

    I have gone from pain that was chronic and debilitating to about 65-70% pain free. And my practices have returned to being quite productive. 5 weeks in and the fixes are "holding".

    I can't say that I've had the same changes as some have had in how they feel their bodies or the flow in them, perhaps because I have always been active and in touch with my body in my life. But I am ecstatic that the pain is going away and I can return to doing what I love most - fully!!!

    I look forward to continuing my sessions and hope that we can get to 100% pain free and back to my normal full range of motion.

    From now on, I'll know to watch for at least three things that often go undiagnosed when treating injury or pain from sports; the alignment of the bone, the efficiency and usage of the muscles, and the elasticity of the fascia!
  18. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    HOW WONDERFUL!!! I am thrilled for you -- chronic pain is no joke, and relief from that must be a real liberation. Many, many congrats!

    And thanks for the timely reminder that I need to go see my Rolfer.
  19. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks j_alex, it has been such a huge relief!

    After every session, well really the day or two after every session, I can feel that things are working differently in the body. Things are going back to their natural patterns.

    I'm so grateful that somebody up there was looking out for me when I chanced upon this rolfing specialist!
  20. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    what a wonderful report, LG! am just delighted for you, that you've found some relief.

    please do share updates on how your experience continues to unfold. you have such an eloquent, detailed way of sharing... :)

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