When I came across Rolfing® I was looking for an alternative way to treat my back pains and to avoid surgery due to Discopathy and Scoliosis in the lumbar spine. I was finishing physical therapy, but the pain was still present.
I did 10 Rolfing sessions and 5 movement sessions with the Rolfer May. I must say it was an incredible experience for me. After each session I could notice changes in my body. I realised before Rolfing that I had no reference of what a body in balance should feel like. It was a brand new discovery for me. For such a long time, I had been accustomed to a body that was struggling to find it's center, compensating weight with muscles and spine that weren't suppose to function for that matter.
The key point, for me, was how I distributed the weight in my body when I stood up, walked and when I sat down. By learning these movements together with the fascia release, my body felt more alive and centered. I felt relaxed after each session, I was definitely more conscious of my whole body and I started to notice the wrong patterns of posture and movements throughout the process.
Today I haven't felt any chronic pain, my walk has more flow, my head feels higher, my feet are always looking for support from the ground and my shoulders are even. I still have the same medical diagnosis, but it doesn't feel like it!
I highly recommend this treatment for anyone looking to improve their body, mind and health. May was amazing, she was constantly guiding me, giving me tips, assisting me in every single way. I'm really grateful to her.
What were my issues: I was struggling with constant muscle tightness in my ankles, calves, hamstrings, lower back and shoulders. I had a major bike accident in Feb 2018 with a number of major injuries to my neck, back, knees and ankles. I had a period of extensive physiotherapy consisting of 2 sessions a week for nearly 12 months. Following this period, I found myself feeling about 90% of what I was prior to the accident.
Being physically active with interests in cycling and running, I was finding myself with extensive muscle tightness, which I never had to this extent, prior to the accident. I found this very frustrating and it was affecting my training. I was picking up constant niggles, if I tried training through the periods of excessive muscle tightness.
Through word of mouth, I was suggested to May. Rolfing was something I had never heard of, but I was interested in trying something different and if I gained any improvement out of it, it would be a bonus.
What were you hoping for: To reduce the symptoms above, better body awareness and range of motion.
What’s been the most interesting thing you've learnt/experienced: Awareness of muscles I didn’t know I had. An understanding of muscles that were working when they should not be working for a particular movement, which was resulting in these muscles getting tight, as they were being overused when not required to be working.
How do you feel after the sessions: Each session was different. I felt great after the sessions and, in particular, those on my back and shoulders. I could really notice a greatly improved range of motion straight away.
What’s been the impact on your life: My muscle tightness has improved, but gaining awareness of the other movements previously not used and putting these to work along with relaxing, and not using muscles when they don’t need to be used for particular movements, was a big take away and continuing to use and be aware of this.
What would you tell people about this: For me, thinking from a sporting perspective and struggling with tightness, I hit the plateau with physio and I was not getting any further. Give this a go, as it might be what you are looking for to resolve your issue.
I requested the 'Rolfing' treatment from May because the idea of gradually re- aligning my body through her therapy made sense to me. I have lived a very active life since childhood. Rugby, boxing, track and field and surfing in my younger years.