Our earliest awareness of being alive is intimately connected to our senses of touch and movement. Learning what it is like to touch and be touched, to reach out and hold things, to take our first steps and know the wonder of exploration: these fundamental experiences shaped how each of us feels and behaves today. We may not realize it, but the way in which we stand, sit, walk, or gesture with our hands expresses a sense of who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Likewise, damage to our bodies, either from normal wear and tear, trauma, emotional stress or learned patterns can have profound effects on our health and sense of well-being.
Language (mind) and movement (body) are so entwined with our sense of purpose in life that we describe life as a “journey” and speak of “running into trouble” or “falling into despair”. When we talk of “tension” or wanting more “freedom” or needing a “lift” we are connecting on an intuitive level to feelings of stretching, reaching and bending. Through using touch and movement, the Rolfer™ is able to tap into this vital mind-body link and provide the opportunity for change.