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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.
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Rolfing Structural Integration

The Domino Effect of Adaptive Forces

From the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Release Restrictions With Visceral
Manipulation,” by Jean-Pierre Barral, in the July/August 2009 issue. Article summary:
There are many reasons for an organ to lose its mobility: physical traumas, surgeries,
sedentary lifestyle, infections, pollution, bad diet, poor posture, and pregnancy and
delivery among them. When an organ is no longer freely mobile but is fixed to another
structure, the body is forced to compensate.

by Bruce Schonfeld

Similar to the underlying mechanics of psychology, where an unresolved issue sits at the center of a complex surrounded by a web of compensation, somatic misalignment is also surrounded by adaptive forces attempting to correct unresolved physical imbalance.
Sometimes this domino-like effect doesn’t stay neatly within one anatomical system. Visceral theory simply contends the musculoskeletal system cannot disengage until the visceral restriction(s) has been improved or resolved. The tension literally
sets the stage for it’s counter-tension.

So, if there is a legitimate visceral restriction in play, then the musculoskeletal system is essentially a secondary reaction, a compensatory mechanism/response to the primary lesion.

This is especially true with long-standing issues where strain has insidiously/incrementally spread outward from the neural and visceral systems into the more familiar articular and musculoskeletal systems.

Let’s say, for example, there are adhesions to the small intestine and peritoneum from an old appendix surgery, both in terms of residual scar tissue and undifferentiated fascial layers, then the transverses abdominus, obliques, Q.L., psoas and iliacus
have no choice but to perpetually relate to the deeper dysfunction. They have to deal with it. Essentially, the body three-dimensionally shortens into the effected area (a.k.a. AGR, or area of greatest restriction) as a protective strategy to contain
the area and prevent new traumatizing forces from doing further damage.

The law of averages plainly states for every action there is an equal and opposite action. A tension sets the stage for a counter-tension. This is especially true with the human body, where the sensory and perceptual systems are basically trying to get
themselves back into anatomical midline so they can more efficiently do their jobs. The body twists and turns to get itself right again. Often the injury or illness heals, but the pattern of compensation remains. Allopathic medicine sometimes refers
to this state of right as pathological neutral, the relative balance within patterned “dysbalance.” The goal for the body, like psyche, is to be differentiated and in healthy relationships.

There is a good chance the greater omentum might be at the scar tissue or surgical site in the form of an adhesion. The greater omentum must always be considered in terms of pelvic and abdominal daptation—it likes to go where the trouble is/was. The
spinal-visceral connection becomes more obvious perhaps in dissection. Many membranes, mesentery and fisceral attachments connect directly into the anterior aspect of the spinal and articular systems.

Visceral manipulation developer and author Jean-Pierre Barral has been known to strongly state a large number of spinal subluxations or fixations are in fact reflexogenic from visceral issues.

Especially with tricky clients who have received quality care, visceral restrictions are often the anatomical elephant in the room.

Bruce Schonfeld (www.advancedrolfing.com) teaches and practices Body Analysis, Structural Integration & Integrated Manual Therapies in Los Angeles California. He’s studied Visceral Manipulation since 1997 and directly with Jean-Pierre Barral since
2001. Fascia is the common denominator of his systems anatomy approach.

Similar to the underlying mechanics of psychology, where an unresolved issue sits at the center of a complex surrounded by a web of compensation, somatic misalignment is also surrounded by adaptive forces attempting to correct unresolved physical imbalance.
Sometimes this domino-like effect doesn’t stay neatly within one anatomical system. Visceral theory simply contends the musculoskeletal system cannot disengage until the visceral restriction(s) has been improved or resolved. The tension literally
sets the stage for it’s counter-tension.

So, if there is a legitimate visceral restriction in play, then the musculoskeletal system is essentially a secondary reaction, a compensatory mechanism/response to the primary lesion.

This is especially true with long-standing issues where strain has insidiously/incrementally spread outward from the neural and visceral systems into the more familiar articular and musculoskeletal systems.

Let’s say, for example, there are adhesions to the small intestine and peritoneum from an old appendix surgery, both in terms of residual scar tissue and undifferentiated fascial layers, then the transverses abdominus, obliques, Q.L., psoas and iliacus
have no choice but to perpetually relate to the deeper dysfunction. They have to deal with it. Essentially, the body three-dimensionally shortens into the effected area (a.k.a. AGR, or area of greatest restriction) as a protective strategy to contain
the area and prevent new traumatizing forces from doing further damage.

The law of averages plainly states for every action there is an equal and opposite action. A tension sets the stage for a counter-tension. This is especially true with the human body, where the sensory and perceptual systems are basically trying to get
themselves back into anatomical midline so they can more efficiently do their jobs. The body twists and turns to get itself right again. Often the injury or illness heals, but the pattern of compensation remains. Allopathic medicine sometimes refers
to this state of right as pathological neutral, the relative balance within patterned “dysbalance.” The goal for the body, like psyche, is to be differentiated and in healthy relationships. There is a good chance the greater omentum might be at the
scar tissue or surgical site in the form of an adhesion. The greater omentum must always be considered in terms ofpelvic and abdominal adaptation—it likes to go where the trouble is/was. The spinal-visceral connection becomes more obvious perhaps
in dissection. Many membranes, mesentery and visceral attachments connect directly into the anterior aspect of the spinal and articular systems.

Visceral manipulation developer and author Jean-Pierre Barral has been known to strongly state a large number of spinal subluxations or fixations are in fact reflexogenic from visceral issues.

Especially with tricky clients who have received quality care, visceral restrictions are often the anatomical elephant in the room.

Bruce Schonfeld (www.advancedrolfing.com) teaches and practices Body Analysis, Structural Integration & Integrated Manual Therapies in Los Angeles California. He’s studied Visceral Manipulation since 1997 and directly with Jean-Pierre Barral since
2001. Fascia is the common denominator of his systems anatomy approach.

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.

Rolfing Structural Integration

“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.

Advanced Rolfing

“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.

Rolfing Movement Education

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.