Alignment - Strength - ResilienceIntegrated Body Therapies
Current technology and the convenience of modern life have created both benefits and problems for our body. Simply put, modern life does not require us to move enough to keep our body’s soft tissues hydrated and to burn off excess energy from an ample diet. It’s that simple and that tragic. We are 80% water or fluid and movement is required for the body’s fluid hydraulic systems to function. The soft tissue–what we call the Neuro-Fascial web–requires hydration through movement to maintain its health. The body requires healthy neuro-fascia for optimal communication, strength, balance and general performance.
Over two thirds of the population of the USA is obese or overweight. Of the normal weight population two thirds are over-fat–even though we’ve been suffering through fat restricted diets–with fat surrounding the organs!
It’s suggested that forty percent of Americans are running on 5 hours of sleep a night. By running we mean the type of mental running between our phones and computers chasing after an endless stream of to-dos, under constant stress.
We spend money on drugs–prescription, over the counter, recreational–with their inherent side effects in a misguided attempt to be Healthy and relax.
Organizing movement and intelligent nutrition are the start. We need to start moving again but not in just any way. We need to move in a way that promotes hydration to the body’s Neuro-Fascial web. Unfortunately some of us have stopped moving for so long we’re too stiff to move without fear of getting hurt from it. Or worse we move in a single cyclical way–bike, run, swim–that we get “sore” from multi-planar movement and decide that this isn’t the answer. We need to hydrate the tissue and re-introduce gentle functional body movements back into our life.
We need to make gradual changes to our nutrition to support our body’s needs. The changes are gradual to make sure we develop the habit of healthy nutrition. How many times have you decided to start eating healthy in January to be back where you were by March?
The combination of Rolfing, Functional Strength/Conditioning and Nutrition are powerful ally to support our high stress lives.
Rolfing is a whole body manual therapy that works through manipulation of the body’s neuro-fascial tissue to return adaptive capacity to the body. Unlike therapies that look to treat symptoms, Rolfing is based on the belief that where we may feel our pain is not necessarily the source of the pain and that working with the whole body brings it back into alignment with gravity.
We are all born with a genetic capacity to adapt to our changing world. This can be likened to a checking account. Our birth checking account holds so much adaptation, each time we ask the body to adapt we write a check and reduce the adaptive capacity. Throughout our life we naturally do things that return capacity to the account. However there are those times where we write a check our body can’t cash and things break. We can try to “re-hab” after that bounced check event and often we are able to, but sometimes we just put enough back in the account to be able to keep going.
What’s great about the body is that it has this wonderful capacity to re-new if we just tap into it. Advanced Rolfing is designed to help us tap into this.
Advanced Rolfing® returns adaptive capacity to the body through the systematic return of hydration to the Neuro-Fascial web. Once we are moving freely we can build on this change through specific exercise–it takes about six months of fascia specific exercise to restore Neuro-Fascial resilience.
Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate!
We have found that Rolfing is a start on our journey to a more subtle, agile body. But it may not be enough to counter the way we sit, talk/text on cell phones and drive our cars. We need to build strength/tone in our body through functional exercises that utilize movements in multiple directions—think tennis vs running. While simultaneously building responsive neuro-muscular agility to handle those unknown, un-planned movements like slipping on ice.
We’ll not only show you how to do these exercises, we’ll develop training plans that are tailored to your needs. We start you with an in depth assessment of your movement and physical condition. This can include:body composition, movement and work capacity analysis–depending on your athletic goals. From the assessment we’ll develop a training program tailored to you and your goals. Whether you’re a recovering Couch Potato or an Elite Athlete we can customize a training program for you. Find out more about Personal Training with a No Sweat Introduction. Or to schedule a movement assessment click the button below. The assessment fee is waived if you sign up for any of our programs.
If we only understood how much work we need to do to burn off one can of Coke, we’d never let our children near it again.
We created Structural Fitness to provide a place where people can get the best of Rolfing and Personal Training tailored to their specific needs. You’ll gain a more subtle body, that moves with grace. At the same time your strength will increase allowing providing the agility required to adapt to movement challenges.
Animal Structural Integration
Animal Structural Integration was developed by Jim in 1994. While he was being certified as a Rolfer he was thinking of ways to use this new knowledge with his horses and dogs. While most previous attempts at this were simply using the human 10 series, Jim’s knowledge of equine, canine anatomy and movement pushed him to develop a protocol that was different from the human one for work with animals. A year of developing this new way and 3 years of testing it resulted in the first course being taught to Advanced Rolfers at the Rolf Institute in 1997. Ten years later his first book on the subject was produced.
For an appointment for your horse or dog, click here.
To find out more about the Equine or Canine Training with Jim, tap the button below.
Find out more about training to work in Animal Structural Integration click here Animal Structural Integration Training.