Rolfing Ten Series: Session Five

I’ve tried physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, Pilates, sacro-wedgies (further info on request), yoga, weekly massage, cortisone shots (well, just one), hip-strengthening machines, ice, heat, and I’m sure I’m forgetting something else. Hip, back, leg: still hurt. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but never gone.

Rolfing feels different, somehow. It felt very different last week, when all my bones and muscles and tendons were complaining. I’ve worked so hard all these years, my body says, to let you walk so stiffly. I’ve immobilized your sacrum, tightened up your psoas, ignored that nutty Atlas vertebra in your neck – and now all of a sudden you want me to loosen up? Well, I’ll show you.

But yesterday when I stood up from the table that tug of war had ended. I felt substantial on my feet. They pressed evenly into the earth; I could feel gravity. And yet, when I walked, I was light, filled with helium. And nothing hurt.

Halfway through. I have one foot in each world, she said, and today that’s just how I feel. A little bit tugged, but in the right direction.



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2 Responses to Rolfing Ten Series: Session Five

  1. Maria says:

    I’ve never experienced rolfing. I tend to believe that words feel like they sound…so…well…rolfing sounds like it would really, really hurt.

    Yoga sounds more peaceful.

    Succulent sounds….mouth watering.

    Copious sounds like a lot.

    Money sounds hard and unforgiving.

    Yeah, I’m kind of odd.

    • bobbie says:

      Everyone, including me before I tried it, thinks that rolfing hurts. Not sure why it’s gotten this reputation. It doesn’t hurt at all (at least with my rolfer) – and, in fact, renders me much more meditative than yoga.

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