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Our Battle With Gravity

Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening environment.  Those over forty may call it old age.  And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: they are off balance, they are at war with gravity.  ~ Ida P. Rolf

 

 

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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.