Did you know NFL players use Rolfing® Structural Integration to get themselves ready for game day? Wayne Henningsgaard is the Rolfer(tm) for several Minnesota Vikings.
From the article “Rolfing brings woman relief from disorder” in The Oklahoman on July 15, 2008:
Muscle spasms and pain have racked an Oklahoma City woman so severely that her friends have described her body as a human pretzel. After 14 years of searching, she’s finding promise in a relatively unknown muscle treatment.
I’ll ruin the surprise and tell you that the treatment is Rolfing® Structural Integration. Read the rest of the article for more of this woman’s story.
In a previous post, I talked about Starkey Laboratories. Here’s the news story as covered by WCCO-TV.
“I’ve progressed in my poses over the past six months, no doubt,…but whether that’s down to the rolfing I can’t say.
It has had an impact off the mat though. I have greater length – I look longer and leaner in the mirror. Also I feel that I’ve gained an inch or so of height next to colleagues and acquaintances – It’s maybe not so much that I’ve actually added height…but more a matter of standing straighter and therefore getting my full height. In the past, I’d occasionally become conscious of my slouching stance and would force my head up…but it felt unnatural. Now standing tall actually feels right and natural. I also walk differently – [Read more…]
Here’s a testimonial from a yogini, a blogger going by the moniker donutszenmom.
From her post “Rolfing works:”
The verdict is in, after this morning’s practice: Rolfing works. I first noticed something when I got to Prasarita Padottanasana B. I usually sail through A, because I can pull with my hands to get my head on the floor. But B and C pose more of a challenge. What I noticed today was 1) my head was on the floor, no problem, in all Prasaritas, and 2) I was strangely, and just slightly, off-balance. As if my shoulder/neck area was “too light.” It took me a few moments to figure it out, but I realized that usually there is a ball of tension in my upper back, between my shoulders, and it kind of makes this tangled ball of tension that “sticks” my shoulders, upper back, and neck all together. And all of that was missing. It was like I was empty inside, and lighter. And it affected my balance ever so slightly… [Read more…]
Executive editor of Real Health – the black wellness magazine, Hilary Beard, shares her experiences with Rolfing:
When I got up, the pain was gone and I haven’t experienced it since. At the end of the session, when I went to put on my shoes, he told me I’d need to throw out my orthotics (that she had gotten from a podiatrist when she complained of heel pain).
“But I paid $500 for them!”
“They will lock your feet into the painful position,” he said. “I just freed you of the pain. Why would you put yourself back in it?”
His explanation kind of made sense, but I wasn’t convinced. My motherwit told me not to throw out something I paid $500 for. So I held onto them for years. But I never needed them—I never experienced any pain again!
– I have much better alignment in from my knees to my ankles. This may not sound breath-taking at first, but before all of this, if my feet were in ballet first position (think a ‘V’ shape), then my knees would go out straight. If I placed my feet together, facing straight, my knees bent in toward each other. This made yoga, Pilates, skiing and rollerblading all but impossible to do without some sort of corrective for my foot pronation. Not any more. Now everything works the way it is supposed to. Knees and feet go out straight – together! [Read more…]
Interesting find on the ‘net today. I’ve never heard of Randy Gage, but he wrote an interesting bit about his Rolfing experience on his website. He went in with concerns about his deviated septum and a herniated disc. Randy’s Rolfer was Jorge Gonzalez in Florida. Click through to read an excerpt. [Read more…]