Sarah specializes in Rolfing® Structural Integration. She incorporates into her Rolfing sessions her knowledge and training in Deep Tissue Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Somato-Emotional Release, Viseral Work, Zero Balancing, and Healing with Imagery and Breath. Her goal is to assist people in achieving Deep Mind/Body/Spirit Healing.
Do you need help with recovery from:
- Joint Replacements
- Injuries or Accidents
- Repetitive Strain injuries like Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow and Plantar Fasciitis, Sciatica
- Pregnancy and Birthing
- Headaches, and Migraines
- Back, Neck or Shoulder Pain
- TMJ, Clenching, or Grinding
- Chronic Ear Infections, Colic, ADD, ADHD, in Infants and Children
- Other Chronic Pain Conditions?
Do you want to enhance your athletic performance?
Do you want to feel better overall and move in an easier, graceful and more coordinated way?
What are the Goals of Rolfing®?
The goals of Rolfing® are to help the painful areas of our bodies become comfortable (alleviate pain), to help the places that don't move to move, to help align the body from head to toes so that the force of gravity does not weigh us down, to lengthen the shortened areas, to teach ourselves a new way of moving, standing and sitting which supports the new alignment, and to help our movement become less painful, easier, more efficient, and more coordinated.
Rolfing® is not Massage.
By this I mean, there is no oil used. There is no stroking and kneading of the muscles.
The touch is a slow steady pressure. It is vital to the process of Rolfing™ to convey to me when something is painful.
What is important is to have the pressure I am applying feel good, for it to feel as if something good is happening as a result of the pressure.
What is a Rolfing® Session like?
First, we establish what you would like to get out of Rolfing®, what are your goals, what do you want to be better?
In order to accomplish your goals, it is important to understand why your body is painful, tight, bent over, and cranky. What have you done, or do you still do in your life that contributes to the pattern of dysfunction? It is a pattern not an isolated event, which creates chronic pain conditions.
It is best to wear loose shorts and a sports bra or camisole for women and loose shorts, briefs or boxers for men.
I usually ask you to take a little walk around the office so I can see how you move. I often ask you what you notice about specific parts of your body or the way it functions. For example, I may ask you to notice your breathing and describe it to me, or to describe the sensation of your feet on the floor as you walk.
Then you will like down on the table on your back, belly, or sometimes on your side. It if is cold or you feel more comfortable with a cover, I will cover you. Some parts of the session may be done sitting.
Where we work depends on, what you have told me are the areas of discomfort or dysfunction, what I see when you walk and move, and the other areas involved. Every session ends with neck and head work to help integrate the work done in other areas. In addition, we will talk about things for you to be aware of between sessions, ways to sit or move that will help preserve/maintain the new length and looseness in the body.
How many sessions will you need?
Generally, one session is not enough to undo the patterns which took years to get established or to rectify an injury.
If you have a specific issue which is acute, we can do a series of 3-5 sessions and work on the specific issue.
After that, or if you have no specific acute problem, generally we do what is lovingly referred to as the "10 Series". As the name implies, this is a series of 10 sessions designed to work systematically through all the areas of the body, separating, lengthening, opening, realigning as we go.
Sessions 1-3 focus on the superficial fascia, sessions 4-7 focus on the core/deeper fascia. In the first 7 sessions, we work on differentiating/separating the parts of the body, helping them function independently.
In sessions 8-10, we work on the integration/uniting, helping the body to be functional as a whole in a more comfortable and coordinated way.