is a system of connective tissue work developed by Dr Ida P. Rolf.
It consists of a series of 10 sessions that cumulatively organize
the body, each session focusing on a particular area, with the
goal and intention towards greater structural integration, balance
and a sense of ease for the person.
has been Rolfing since 1990 - a graduate of The Rolf Institute
in Boulder, Colorado and a current member, she also uses a number
of complementary modalities that assist in the Rolfing process
of the whole person approach.
Overtime, she has found that an awareness and sensitivity to the
cranio-sacral rythym and visceral motility, help to locate and
address related restrictions that further assist in achieving
stability and integration. In addition, tension of an involuntary
nature may be a holding or bracing coming from the autonomic nervous
system. Bringing the clients awareness to the different sensations
and qualities in the tissue acts as feedback to loosen and release
the holding that is often a residual effect from some past traumatic
approaches, as well as Rolfing from an advanced perspective and
using Rolfing movement awareness, all contribute to treating each
client individually. In general, the focus is working with the
client in a way that addresses their particular structure and
concerns so they may experience greater ease and movement and
is also a graduate of the method that Peter Levine, the author
of ‘Waking the Tiger’ developed called Somatic Experiencing,
and is a Practitioner providing personal sessions since 2003.
In addition, she completed the Touch Skills Training for Trauma
Therapists in 2009 and the Somatic Resilience and Regulation after
Early Trauma in 2014, both trainings offered by Kathy Kain, a
senior teacher for the Somatic Experiencing Institute.
describes the Somatic Awareness work:
somatic experiencing work helps to release energy that is held
in the body. Often from a fight-flight or freeze experience, the
body has not had an opportunity to discharge the activated survival
energy that was stimulated for a life threatening incident. One
where it felt as-if death were a possibility, the physiology is
likely still stimulated and set for alert. Or, it can be more
like the vector of impact from a fall, where the bone is stressed.
Or, the range of motion is affected, and the tissue is holding
due to the attempted prevention of impact, a thwarted defensive
response. Learning to sense ones own tactile sensations within
the body reveal possible avenues for release and softening of
the tissues from the inside out. The more practice, the more fluent
one becomes. The assistance of touch for the client then becomes
an aide to sense themselves, an aide to coming home, an embodied
sense of self. This added touch brings a sense of support and
containment. For some, it begins a healing process for either
receiving the touch that was not given at an earlier time of trauma,
even a time when the physiology, the central nervous system was
not fully formed and able to regulate on its own.
For the body-mind, all traumas are accessible now and linked together,
therefore, healing can take place in the present moment through
this holographic storage container of our living experience. Advanced
training in the somatic experiencing involves additional training
and practice in the sense of touch. This includes further refinement
of the ability to focus and fine tune awareness into different
layers of tissue. Areas of focus are the skin, superficial fascia,
muscle, deep fascia, bone. Systems of focus and practice are the
lymph system, blood, endocrine system, internal organs. It is
possible to single pointedly focus into these living systems of
movement and flow and feel the pulses, waves, constrictions, shocks
and roller coaster rides and with awareness, and in relationship,
a witnessing support to help loosen, and become more resilient
and more in accord with the present moment and environment, i.e.
out of the past response. What a wondrous way to be with someone.
and witness their fullness.
My goal is to assist people in becoming more at ease with themselves
be it physical, emotional, spiritual. A kind of freedom. My path
has been one of service, healing, and self discovery, and sharing
this with compassion and lightness.