“I think Rolfing can be a great way to get more in touch with your body and change long-standing problems of bad posture and chronic pain (like back pain). It can also release repressed emotions as well as dissipate habitual muscle tension”
– Andrew Weil, M.D.
Rolfing is a body therapy system of hands on manipulation and education designed to improve whole body alignment, balance, flexibility, and use. Anatomically, Rolfing addresses the connective tissues of the musculoskeletal system. Like a unified web; muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones seamlessly attach to each other. Their beautiful interweaving reveals that the whole, truly, is greater than the sum of its parts. Rolfing seeks to return these myofascial relationships to their natural order and integrity.
Rolfing aims to restore normal range of motion to motion restricted tissues with mobilization techniques and practical structural strategies. Holistic in design, the work is also helpful for many orthopedic conditions including back and neck pain, headaches, TMJ, scoliosis, spinal curvature, sciatica, carpal tunnel, shin splints, scar tissue, sports injuries, unresolved accidents, trauma, and whiplash injuries. Many people also find the benefits of Rolfing to expand beyond the body.
Bruce completed his Basic Rolfing training with the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado in 1994.
“Given the choice the body will choose ease over dis-ease”
– Ida Rolf
Advanced Rolfing both compliments and departs from basic Rolfing with additional training designed to refine the practitioner’s body, mind, craft, and clinical effectiveness. Advanced Rolfing further deepens into underlying philosophy, palpation, energy, intention, biomechanics, and technique.
If the methodology in the Basic Rolfing style is outside-in, in terms of reorganizing the body’s fascia, then the methodology of the Advanced Rolfing style (as per Jan Sultan & Michael Salveson) is inside-out. They compliment each other and are two sides of the same coin.
The body’s individual structural needs dictate where and how the Advanced Rolfing work begins. The intention is to start at the center(s) of the body’s restrictions and holding patterns and then work out from there. After mobilizing each client’s most primary restriction(s) they are then contextualized within their whole body. The core concerns of flexibility, alignment, and body awareness are the same. The approach is customized to the individual’s body instead of being formula or recipe based. Advanced Rolfing also addresses what is often asymmetrical in the clients body. Often similar results to the Basic approach are achieved in less time and sessions using this methodology.
A dedicated practitioner, Bruce completed Advanced Rolfing Trainings in Laguna Beach, 1997, with Jan Sultan, and again in Berkeley, 1998, with Michael Salveson. He assisted an Advanced Training in Santa Monica in 2001 with Jan Sultan and Michael Salveson. In 2012, Bruce audited the Advanced Training in Santa Monica.
Often the seemingly most mundane or habitual activities are the places in everyday life where a little movement education and/or ergonomic adjustment can help minimize or eliminate ongoing tension. Empowering clients to understand how they are doing what they are doing and teaching them to listen to their bodies are crucial steps in helping people to improve their own health. By discerning underlying structure and postural preferences one can create, compliment, or modify an exercise, yoga, or weight training program to specifically stretch, strengthen, and train in the direction of anatomical balance.
Bruce offers tailor-made workouts for alignment, rehabilitation, and cross training.
Integrated Manual Therapies (IMT) also helps diminish stress by deconstructing repetitive motion activities like sitting, sleeping, the work environment, and personal ergonomics. Addressing these different functional components is quite often the cutting edge of IMT, as modifying or changing old patterns can be challenging on many levels. Dedicated to supporting health beyond office appointments, IMT further empowers proactive clients.
Bruce completed his Rolfing Movement Integration Training in 1994 in Boulder, Colorado.