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Do you want to breath more openly? Have better posture? Move with greater ease and feel like yourself again? Resolve a chronic or acute pain situation? Do you want your intentions in life to be clear and have better results? I begin most of my clients with the Ten Series of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration however I blend many other modalities that improve the health of the body. This work is equally an education for your body and your self-development as it is solidly good bodywork that makes real and lasting changes. You will leave each session feeling lighter, more grounded and more in touch with who you are.
My work is a client-based therapy facilitating your greatest health. Through Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral therapy, Visceral and Neural System work and Energy Healing, I am helping your body and your sense of yourself respond to the innate ability to self-correct, release pain patterns and come into a greater alignment structurally and vitally. My work includes manual therapy, analysis of movement patterns, and therapeutic skills based in depth psychology and spiritual transformation psychology
My main modality is the Rolf Method of Structural Integration developed through the work and gift of Dr. Ida Rolf. The first step is a "Ten Series". This is comprised of ten consecutive sessions that systematically align the posture-structural and fascial organization of the body. (Sometimes we use 12 sessions,) Each session will release strain patterns that you developed in response to an injury, trauma or basic living. As these patterns release, you move with more ease and flexibility. You will stand straighter and gain height. You feel more like yourself.
With each session, there is increased integrity in the overall structural alignment of your body. You will also find that you feel better, have more energy, your thoughts are more coherent and clear. Often people experience a sense of maturation and understanding who they are in the world. Usually you will also feel more connected to your body and notice that you are listening to your body responses better. For example, you pay more attention to how you stand, what you eat, and what sleeping patterns actually work for you.
I often continue working with my clients past a Ten Series focusing increasingly on cranial sacral work and other modalities that help you address significant personal issues. My goal is to help you create a healthier, more fulfilling and balanced life. I have strong sense of integrity . . . meaning trying to help you find your stronger sense of inner truth, inner wisdom and how to move and adapt in your life from that sense of truth self.
You are welcome to come try one session and see if I am a good fit for you as a therapist, Structural Integrator and “healer type”. Your comfort and a having a natural sense of trust together with me is really necessary for you getting the most of this type of work. You are engaging in a deep personal process of movement toward more freedom, more peace, more self-knowing and more health. These are really wonderful and important steps in your life. It should feel right!
My sessions for adults are about 1 3/4 hours in length. We will spend some time talking about your life and what you are wishing to change or create. I will watch you walk and analyze movement patterns. I will also "listen" to your tissues usually through the sagittal suture in your head to feel where your body has the least movement and the greatest restriction. If I can help this place release its compression, you will begin to move in new ways that are more resilient and adaptive. You will spend from 60 to 75 minutes on a low massage table for treatment. Sometimes the work will be done in the seated position on the table, bench or chair. After tablework I will watch you walk again and make some gentle adjustments so you can feel the new LINE around which your body is moving and spiraling. We adjust your feet and hips to help your body settle into a new pattern. We will schedule your next session and take care of payment. In general, "Rolfing" sessions are done with underwear on. Some people prefer to wear a swim suit or swim trunks.
In terms of the feeling of this work and space, I work in my home-- a refurbished barn. It is a rustic-elegant Montana kinda thing! I heat with wood and the table is set up in front of the wood stove. The radiant heat is comforting, natural and alive. It's a place for you to let stress go, relax, and feel your body and your own sweetness of heart. It's a time to actually "hear yourself think" and feel your own truth. It's time and space for letting go of old patterns that don't support your bigger picture of health, and time and space for something new to begin to organize and crystallize in your being. You begin to heal by spending time getting to know yourself more sincerely and also by being witnessed. We honor the deep processes of nature, growth and that sense of inner truth through these sessions together.
Philosophical Thoughts on Body Work
The body and your life is a Whole Thing. The body, spirit, emotions, the things you think, the ways in which you move, are all part of you and you are part of a bigger pattern as well. "The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts." For example, you might experience injury or pain in one part, like a knee, yet that affects the entire body, including your emotions! Physically, a knee problem will affect the ankle, bones in the feet, create hip adjustment and possible nerve tension, possibly pull on an organ as the body tries to rotate or adjust or move around the injury. This in turn affects the spine, the neck, the way you move the shoulder girdle, and even the tilt of the head (the eyes must stay horizontal). As you compensate, the whole body is challenged to adapt. Hence in the Rolf Method Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral work, and other osteopathic-based work, the intent is to help the dysfunctional or restricted part to re-organize into the entire system of your body and your overall environment. Through this work I am addressing the system of the living body which helps the entire person, YOU, resolve issues that you might not have been able to heal with other modalities.
The work moves from the outer layers of organization of the fascial system to the innermost core alignment through the pelvic girdle, legs and feet, spine, shoulder girdle and head. I work with every part of the body from the foot to the head because the body and you are a whole system. With the Cranial Sacral movement, I am listening to what the late Dr. Upledger termed "the Inner Physician". I will sense what the innermost healing part of you needs to do to become self-corrective. Hence my "doing" something is in coherence to a deeper wisdom that is built into the natural body. The more I "follow" your tissues the more you will feel a deep sense of relaxation and expansion. Quite often "Rolfing" is thought to be painful, but that is not the experience of my clients. When I listen to the tissues and move in ways that your body wants, you experience a great sense of relief and peace.
In general with each session you will feel:
Please call me or write a message below if you would like more information or to schedule a session. Thank you so much for your time, your interest and your willingness of heart to grow!