The movie Semi-Tough released in 1977 starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, and Brian Dennehy follows the story of pro-football friends who explore raising their conscious through experiencing a training similar to est and other new age endeavors. Even to this day, I occasionally run into someone who remembers the parody in the film portraying Burt Reynolds being Rolfed. Now you can watch the film for free via your computer –https://www.hulu.com/watch/49754/semi-tough. This film added to Rolfing’s rep of being painful.
Watch it. You will see what you are missing by not receiving the “old school Rolfing.” Let us know what you think.
Here are videos explaining Rolfing.
Michael Solberg, MD a Dallas plastic surgeon and Rolfer, describes how Rolfing works. When I had my clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, I had plastic surgeons for clients. These fellows, without really knowing it, had a great understanding of fascia. Back then, fascia was not given much attention in anatomy classes, so not much credit was given to fascia for what it was doing. Yet without fascia surgery, plastic surgery would not be possible. Fascia allows the attachment of tissue; fascia is the web that holds everything together. (An interesting side note: Michael’s father, Ken is an old friend and “old Rolfer”. If Ken is old, that makes me old too.)
An old video of Ida Rolf, Ph.D. is a very good explanation of what occurs when injury (stress) impairs fascia, and how Rolfing releases the adhesion. Here is another old video of Ida speaking of Rolfing. These old videos are entertaining for their ancientness.
YouTube has several videos on fascia, the connective system that Rolfers release and organize. But the 2007 Harvard conference on fascia was its “coming out party”.
An old friend of mine, Robert Schleip, Ph.D, was the driving force behind conducting a conference at Harvard on the latest in fascial research. In this interview, Robert explains that fascia is the proprioceptive organ (provides a sense of the body’s position). Science is realizing that fascia is everywhere, Robert says, influencing everything. Now the forgotten fascia is the thing to study.
Serge Gracovetsky, Ph.D. speaks about his back problem; seven orthopedic surgeons giving him seven different diagnosis prompted him to research why his back was bad. He discovered that, like the circulatory system, the skeletal-muscular system needs to have cycles of rest. This is done by the work being alternated between the muscles and the fascia (connective tissue). One system rests as the other works.
Thomas Findley, MD, Ph.D. Rolfer was another organizer of the Harvard conference. He provides background on why the conference was organized, and exactly what fascia is.