I think of myself as pretty knowledgeable about most body work techniques, energy medicine techniques, etc. So when I met a Rolfer who is new to the area, I said “so I understand that this technique hurts”. Her reaction was: “why do Americans all think that???”.
Andrea Brailsford is our newest practitioner at MIB, starting mid-May. She is a certified Rolfer, Rolfing Movement practitioner and Yoga instructor, as well as a certified massage therapist and doula. Her original rolfing certification was in Germany, with additional training in Brazil. Originally from New Zealand, Andrea spent many years in Saudi Arabia and Dubai as an Executive and Flight Attendant.
So what IS Rolfing? Rolfing® Structural Integration is a holistic bodywork discipline which, due to it’s consideration of the effects of gravity on the human body, is a unique form of fascia therapy. It’s main aim is to improve structure, posture, and movement. Rolfers™ do this through a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity.
Although Rolfing® is considered a deep-tissue approach, it actually works with all layers of the body to ease strain & tension patterns in the entire system. A Rolfer™ will titrate their touch according to need. Research shows that Rolfing® creates more efficient muscle use, it allows the body to be more energy efficient, with more economical and refined patterns of movement. Rolfing® has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress, speed up injury recovery, improve spinal curvature and neurological functioning.
Who might best benefit from Rolfing? Well, anyone who wants to use their bodies most efficiently. Specifically, those people in pain or chronic tension, as well as those with sports injuries.
Andrea will be available on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoon/evenings beginning May 15th.
On Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm, she’ll be hosting a free talk at the office about Rolfing, with a demo and lots of time for Q&A. Plan to come see if this might be a good technique for you!