By Justin Farrell, Certified Rolfer
What is Rolfing?
Rolfing Structural Integration is a manual and movement-based therapy that focuses on releasing adhesions in the connective tissue and joints of the body. The goal is holistic in nature, meaning that we are professionals at alleviating root cause of dysfunction whether that be pain or range of motion. The backbone of this work relies on understanding the role that posture plays in the performance of a human being. Do you feel out of alignment in your body and chiropractic adjustments don’t seem to be holding? Do you feel you have lost height and experience compression of the spinal column? Do you notice your knees roll in or out in your step? Do you seek more length in your low back and hamstrings? Chronic tension in the shoulders and neck? Rolfing might be your answer for long term change…
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
As a practitioner of CranioSacral Therapy, I work with the nervous system to expedite the healing process of the body. This is an amazingly effective therapy for those who carry high levels of stress which shows up as pain, headache or sleeplessness and agitation. By using light touch and relaxation techniques, a CranioSacral therapist is trained to monitor the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (or nerve food) to locate and alleviate areas of restriction and bring the body into more harmony. An effective one-off treatment or in adjunct to Rolfing.
How does this fit into Pilates?
Both Rolfing and CranioSacral therapy offers the client education on how to sit, stand and walk without pain. The client will also have novel experiences of their bodies and the areas that need strength work are identified. This is where Pilates comes into play…
With newfound awareness, muscle release, and space in the body the pump is primed for focused exercise to further one’s experience of optimal alignment and movement. Pilates will help strengthen new and healthy movement patterns as identified in Rolfing and create core support around the spine to keep you feeling long and strong!
*** Keep your eye out for an adjunct video of an exercise that I often use with Rolfing clients to increase mobility and decrease pain and tension in the neck shoulders…
Justin Farrell, a Colorado native, is a Certified Rolf Practitioner from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration® in Boulder, CO. He also holds a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University. Justin serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Structural Integrators® (IASI).
Justin was led to a career as a Rolfer™ to provide a manual therapy which addresses the root cause of symptoms to create more long term change in the health of body and mind. He works to free restrictions in the connective tissue matrix, therefore improving posture and creating more smoothly functioning relationships in the body. Client participation is incorporated into Rolfing® sessions to retrain the brain to find easy and energy-efficient movement. He enjoys guiding clients to subtle yet profound experiences by utilizing strong communication skills. Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) is not painful and may bring dramatic results including injury recovery, pain reduction, stress relief, sleep improvement, increased flexibility and freedom of movement, headache relief and better balance and ease. Justin works to meet individual goals with the understanding that true and honest change comes from within.