When the body is out of alignment—for example, when we have ‘knock-knees’ or ‘bowed legs’, or when our feet track out at 45 degree angles from our ankles— gravity’s impact is a burden, contributing to strain in joints, organs, muscles, bones and mind. Over time, the connective tissue around those joints will gradually shorten and tighten, like shrink wrap, like a splint, in an attempt to support this misalignment of joints. This imbalance often results in tightness, discomfort and pain, and we are more prone to injury & premature aging in those areas.
A body integrated in gravity is a body with good posture. Posture in relationship to Rolfing means more than just good posture. It is a body that moves with grace, energy, poise, balance and much more. Integration is much greater than static good posture. An integrated body shows better alignment of its segments. Legs are strait, no longer bowed or knock-kneed. Torso is long, no longer bulging in unwanted places. Shoulders are back no longer rounded forward. Hunch back is gone, no more dreaded Dowagers Hump. Necks are longer, chests floating high and tall. A Rolfed body moves with grace and elegance. Fluid, balanced steps glide you through space and over the earths surface. An integrated body feels light, tall, strong, supple, flexible, comfortable.
An integrated body tends to ease the mind. First of all sleep often improves. You fall asleep faster, sleep deeper and wake up refreshed. Racing, speeding thoughts seam to slow down giving you time to process before reacting. People feel at-ease in their bodies that shows up in their lives. Relationships often improve from the new found space you now occupy. Gravity becomes your therapist. Your Rolfing Practitioner simply provides you with the tools.