A body’s natural state is one of health, and a body’s natural tendency is to heal. I do not heal bodies; rather, by holding space for a body to express its inherent wholeness, I create a container in which a body can spontaneously heal itself.
One of my biggest influences in bodywork is music. In more than 20 years as a songwriter and jazz musician, I refined skills that are indispensable as a bodyworker. I learned to fuse the theoretical and intuitive aspects of the creative expression, listening and interacting with others on a somatic and technical level to attain a collective transformational experience. This is the essence of music. This is also the essence of bodywork. The complex biological rhythms that exist within us are the music of life, and in bodywork we are both the orchestra, the song, and the audience unified as one.
When it comes to hands-on approaches, I’m heavily influenced by cranial osteopathy. I have mentored within the osteopathic community, and recently completed a course on applying the principles of osteopathy and cranio-sacral therapy to Rolfing. My work is deeply guided by taoist internal energy practices including tai chi, qigong, and meditation. I am also an accomplished yogi in the Iyengar tradition and I am an avid hiker and cross-country skier. I enjoy eating Indian buffet, playing with my cat, and making puns.
“This is the gospel of Rolfing® When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.” — Dr. Ida P. Rolf
What is Rolfing? Rolfing is a systematic approach to therapeutic bodywork with a holistic philosophy that focuses on a body’s relationship to gravity and other forces that act upon it. Rolfing is unique as a modality because it looks beyond static patterns of dysfunction and it addresses how those patterns are expressed through movement, and how movement is the driving force behind a body’s ability to heal.
I practice pain-free Rolfing! I have a wide spectrum of touch and I can effectively meet clients with as much or as little pressure as they need to have a satisfying experience.
Technically speaking, Rolfing is bodywork that manipulates fascia. Fascia is a web of connective tissue that connects every structure in our body, including muscles, bones, blood vessels, and organs. The human body is like a water balloon, and fascia is like the stretchy skin of the balloon. Without it, we would just be a twitching mass of tissue slopped all over the floor. Fibers of our fascia actually reach into every single cell in our body. Fascia has 10 times as many nerve receptors as muscles, and it is the organ that gives shape and structure to our bodies.In short, fascia is really important when it comes to posture and movement.
The human body is what we would call a tensegrity system. Think of it like a guitar. There are tensional structures (fascia, guitar strings) and compressional structures (bones, wood/guitar body). Without the tension, it doesn’t function. When the tension is imbalanced or obstructed, it doesn’t function well. When the tension is properly balanced, the system is “in-tune” and is then an ideal tool for creative exploration. As a Rolfer, I’m helping your body get in tune and stay in tune.
Rolfing is often practiced in a 10-Session Series, also known as “the recipe,” that covers the entire body piece by piece and finishes by integrating all the individuated parts into a whole. Rolfing can also be practiced in individual sessions that are aimed at “fixing” specific issues for the client. I practice Rolfing enthusiastically in both of these paradigms because they are each effective at treating different types of clients. If you experience chronic or acute pain and tension, particularly if it is resistant to treatment. Rolfing might be an effective modality for you.