Why Folks Don't Wanna Get Rolfed

It's been 34 years since I first put up my shingle as a Rolf Practitioner. 

Rolf Structural Integration was originated by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. It is the peerless and definitive training to raise the level of human balance according to the dictates Gravity. In physical terms, this means fostering an arrangement in the makeup of the body structure where the major segments stack up neatly and comfortably, everything nice and even and level.

Not this ...


Like this ...


Part of the challenge for practitioners in our profession has to do with our pioneer status. Even though living with a body balanced to cooperate with the action of Gravity may make sense on paper, it is a new idea for most people. Add to that the observable fact that living with imbalances in the makeup of our bodies is so commonplace it goes unrecognized. It passes for "normal".

It seems that one reason people don't come in droves for Structural Integration is that the very idea of "structural body balance/imbalance" itself. This is not a familiar concept. Part of the contract with new clients who come to see me is getting it clearly across up front that the main goal of Structural Integration is to balance the body along the lines of Gravity. Relief of stress and pains is a by-product. Not to mention improved physical performance and creative expressiveness. Once the work begins, however, the actual experience of living in a more balanced body arrangement becomes palpably clear. It feels good. It feels right. 

The other reason people don't rush to Structural Integration is that it involves making some real changes. We don't seem to opt for making such a shift until the wolf is at the proverbial door, and the painful signals of imbalance just can't be ignored. Until then, though, we seem to be content to make do. Maybe this is human nature. But, the problem can be, that when the pains reporting that something needs to be done, Structural Integration may not be the first best option. 

If there's a lesson here, it's this: Don't wait for something to happen.

I agree ... don't fix it if it ain't broke. But, just like if you own a home. Certainly the car your drive. Maintenance as a part of ongoing ownership is the best approach. 

Consider making Structural Integration part of your regimen ... now.

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