Rolf Movement Therapy
Facilitates your body to regain its natural integrity of form which enhances posture, mobility and vitality. While the goals of Rolfing and Rolf Movement are global, the methodologies are very individualized. Rolfing Movement Therapy assists in sustaining/embodying Rolfing sessions into every day life.
What is Rolf Movement Therapy and How Does It Help?
Sustainable transformation of your body structure can be enhanced with new forms of movement and suggestions to positively shift your perception of movement 'in the world' from current perceptions/proprioceptions that underlie imbalances.
Rolf Movement Integration, a sensory-motor approach to movement education, enhances Rolfing through balanced movement behavior resulting in ease and more efficient functional movement.
Dr. Rolf originally believed that movement education was a valuable adjunct to the hands-on structural work. Rolf Movement Integration has evolved into both a therapy in its own right, and an inherent feature of the Rolfing structural integration proces
First developed in the early 1900’s by Dr. William Sutherland and further significantly developed over the past 35+ years by The Colorado Cranial Institute & John Upledger, Craniosacral Therapy has gained rapid acceptance among health practitioners due to its non-intrusive nature and how it works with the entire structure, physiology, mind and spirit.
As a Rolfer†® and a Craniosacral Therapist I consistently integrate the Craniosacral Therapy into my Rolfing sessions. I find it provides an enhancement to my Rolfing work as well as solid grounding and a ‘clearing of the cobwebs’ at the end of each Rolfing session.
What Is Craniosacral Therapy?
Cranio refers to the cranium, or head, and sacral refers to the triangular shaped sacral bone at the base of the spine. These are connected by the spine and surrounded by a continuous membrane system housing the brain and spinal cord. The spinal fluid is pumped through the membranes and creates a quality and rhythm which can be monitored and balanced. It can be palpated (felt) most easily on the head, but can be perceived anywhere on the body through the movement of the fluid between the cells of the body.
How Can It Help?
Restrictions that result from injury (including head injuries), inflexibility of the joints of trhe spine and cranium, or from dystunction in other parts of the body, can cause abnormal motion in the craniosacral system leading to stress in the system which can then lead to dysfunction and poor health.
How Does It Feel?
As your craniosacral system comes into balance, you will usually feel a release of accumulated stress and a general sense of well-being. Through Craniosacral Therapy techniques, I check the movement of the system as a whole by locating specific points of restriction in the cranium. When abnormal motion is detected, I then locate the point of restricted movement and bring about a release by gently tractioning which elongates the continuous membranes throughout the craniosacral system.
How Can You Benefit From Craniosacral Work?
Infants and children as well as adults benefit. The manipulation of these bones of the craniosacral system can affect ease and relief from stress, head injuries, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) , headaches (yes, migraines too), sinus congestion, recurring ear infections (especially in children), and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Victims of spinal cord injury, stroke, and head injuries can also receive a degree of benefit from Craniosacral work.