My profession addresses human
balance. The balance of the body.
Balance of the arrangement of the human body in respect to the dictates of gravity.
The work is called Structural Integration, originated by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. It is
a stand alone approach. Peerless and definitive. Not an alternative or
substitute for appropriate medical attention or therapies. Complementary in
Dr. Rolf recognized how chronic
symptoms such as pain and stress, fatigue, poor self-image, early aging may be “.
. . signals pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure,
as well as others, that it has been ignored.
They are at war with gravity.”
Structural Integration offers
personalized assistance to enlist the force of gravity as a prime foundational
factor for living pain and stress free. Balance is key if you want to attain
high levels of physical performance and fullest creative expressiveness. Who
doesn’t want to live effortlessly upright, stress free, self-supported,
graceful, and powerful? It not only possible. It’s easily available.
Imagine that. Talk about deep
ecology: The force of gravity itself is a vast untapped natural resource for
human health and wellness.
A friend of mine when he got it (finally!)
about gravity, said, “It’s amazing that with all the interest in ecology and
natural living nobody’s talking about gravity.”
(Much less doing anything with it, I would add.) We certainly wouldn’t buy that house if the
foundation was off, the walls were cracking, the doors and windows didn’t work. Or, put up with driving down the street struggling
to keep straight because the suspension is out of alignment. At Pisa I’ll let you take my picture next to
the tower; but, no way am I going up there.
Yet, when it comes to the body,
mostly we take how we are for granted, as a given. After all, how the body ends
up being shaped is a product of years of use, a mix of good and bad patterns
that slowly but surely get fixed into our very flesh.
My friend suggested that I write
a piece on “Gravity and Aging”. So here we are. (Thanks, buddy.)
There is a problem with talking
about gravity as such. Gravity is the single most prominent physical force the
body has to deal with. Yet, it is also so constant its presence in our everyday
life goes unnoticed. Of course, perhaps we’re reminded it’s there when we drop
something, or take a spill ourselves. Every
architect, structural designer and building trades worker knows the
rule: vertical and level. To get that rocket to Mars scientists surely had to
take gravity into consideration. Insofar as our body is concerned mainly it
Perhaps it’s as Ida Rolf
observed, it is so commonplace we don’t notice it. It’s like if you asked a
fish, “how’s the water?” (And if fish
could talk . . .) “What water?” Imagine if human beings were adapted to gravity
to the same degree as the fish are to their sea. If dolphins can leap into the air, can we
even imagine what leaps might be possible for us humans?
So what about gravity and aging,
you ask? And the significance of bodily
balance. Simply this . . . doesn’t it make just plain common sense that if you
are not spending energy holding yourself up, keeping yourself together, that
you have more of it for living? You got
to be in it to win it, though. It takes
doing. And when your body is in balance along the lines of gravity you will
discover its inner secret: It uplifts
you. It is supportive, nourishing. It energizes. You feel great. You live well. And, you last longer too. A balanced body
self-reinforces itself through balanced posture and balanced movement. It puts
you on the path of constructive growth in every way.
Now that you’re all convinced that
you should have more gravity in your life, now what to do?
I do offer motivated clients
personalized assistance to balance their bodies along the simple line of
gravity. My aim in writing this, however, is to open you to the question and to
give some pointers that will get you started.
Should you want a helping hand, there are qualified practitioners in my
field you can call on.
My Rx: This may seem a little
strange to you at first; but try it.
Just like when you drive your car you pay attention to your vehicle and the
road (unless you’re one of those with a cell phone glued to your ear), so from
now on — are you ready — feel your
feet. That’s right, feel
Your feet are the foundation of
your body, literally. By being mindful
and including feeling your feet in your awareness you will start creating the
habit of paying attention to your body as a whole. Such mindfulness will soon become an
ingrained habit. It will grow to the point where you will become conscious of
the felt sense of your whole body and the feelings that are moving
through it. That’s when you will also be
able to be aware of the signals your body gives when it is out of balance in
gravity. Then you can make the necessary
Easy, comfortable, relaxed is the
hallmark of living in balance. It’s in you. Go there.
David D. Wronski has been working
exclusively with the traditional approach of Dr. Ida P. Rolf since 1981. He enjoys living in the historically charming
gravitational field in Montclair, New Jersey. Call him at 973.518.2222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org