Archive for April, 2012

Austin Rolfing: Does Rolfing Hurt?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The short answer to that questions is no, at least not in my office.

Rolfing® Structural Integration has a bit of a reputation for being painful and there are practitioners out there that contribute to that belief. Even though all of the Rolfers go through the same basic training, we all have our own personalities and belief systems and as such, work differently. I believe, and my experience has shown me, that it is much more productive to work WITH the person’s nervous system to help facilitate change in their body in lieu of working the clients tissue to mold it how I want it with disregard to the client’s comfort level. If I’m working too deep, too fast your body will naturally tense up to try to protect itself and we’ll be fighting against each other. I try to work at the appropriate depth and allow the tissue to open up at its own pace. With that said, we are trying to facilitate change in your body so we will be pushing your system some. But the idea is to work at a level so that you’re not tensing your whole body up on the table. The more you can stay relaxed and focus on the sensations, the more change will happen in your body.

Overall, there will be a broad spectrum to how the session feels. When I work with your organs or free entrapped nerves, the work will feel incredibly gentle. On the other hand, you might have patterns in your body that have been held for a very long time and the tissue might be sensitive to accepting change. Persistence and communication will be important in these cases.

At my Rolfing practice in Austin, TX it is always important that we communicate with each other throughout the sessions. I encourage every client to notify me when something is getting too intense. Every client’s sensitivity thresholds are different, so I need you to be my guide as I do my best to read what’s going on in your body. As long as we communicate, there should be no issues.

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Austin Rolfing: Back Pain

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Back pain is the bane of our existence, at least temporarily, in so many of our lives. A quick search on Google had multiple sites estimating that 80% of the entire population will have back pain at some point in their lives. So, pretty much every one of us will be affected by it personally or will know someone close to us who is/was effected by back pain.

One of the problems with treating back pain is that it can come from so many possible sources. Just to name a few, it can come from: a tilted pelvis from sitting too much, pinched nerves from a herniated disk from lifting with poor form, pinched nerves from an aggravated organ that sits on a nerve, lack of core strength creating general fatigue, too much tension up your back-line kinetic chain, the list can go on and on.

As a Certified Rolfer© in Austin, TX I treat back pain on a daily basis with great results. Of course, one of the main keys to getting rid of back pain is to figure out where it’s coming from. I look at the client’s entire structure top to bottom, front to back to determine if there alignment or how they move is contributing to the pain. By reviewing how the client moves and feels, I can see whether it’s a core strength issue and give them simple exercises to do or refer them on to a physical therapist if the case is too severe. I review the general location and condition of the digestive system to see if any of the organs could be irritating the nerves that are tied into the back. I can also help free peripheral nerves that might have possibly become entrapped in the tissue around them and are spasming or not firing as they are designed to do.

In general, back pain is very fixable (more often than not without surgery). If there is any part of the work that we can’t handle in my office, I have a wonderful team of highly qualified professionals that I work with in Austin that I can refer you to. For more information on how Rolfing can help you, please visit This Site.

Local Resources

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Acupuncture, Nutritional Counseling & Nutritional Supplements

Merritt Wellness Center
5750 Balcones Drive, #106
Austin, TX 78731
Phone: 512-495-9015

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Homeopathy with Noel Peterson

Homeopathy is a complete and profound system of healing that seeks to initiate and support the inherent healing intelligence of the human body. Through homeopathy you will heal from any disease, illness, or condition occurring mentally, emotionally, and/or physically. Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and a reliable method of healing without side effects or toxins.

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Personal (Strength) Training with Keith Norris

Efficient Exercise offers one-on-one personal training in a private studio atmosphere. All programs are individually tailored to the client’s goals and abilities; no cookie-cutter programs here! Programs are designed such that one or two 30-minute sessions per week are all that are required to achieve the legion of overall health, fitness and injury-prevention benefits offered via engagement with serious strength training. Get in, get out…and get fit!…the Efficient Exercise way.

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Pilates with Body Springs Studio

3742 Far West Blvd. #110
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 452-0115

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