After My Second Baby
I began the Rolfing 10-series about 5 months after having my second baby. I had begun running again and was experiencing increases in stiffness and soreness. Mentally and emotionally, I was tired and feeling easily overwhelmed by external stressors. The Rolfing 10-series addressed these issues (and many more) so seamlessly, that I could almost not recognize how they faded away. As some of the deep structures, tissue, and underlying problems physically were worked, I was able to address many of the physical stressors that were affecting me emotionally. It was so helpful to have someone balanced and objective to help me to navigate through some of those difficult moments.
My experiences with Rolfing range from regenerative and healing to insight-building and emotionally packed. Through the alignment awareness I gathered from Dixie observing my stance and gait, I realized I had assumed an incorrect and tiring posture as healthy for most of my adult life. Carrying two babies through pregnancy increased the sway in my back and pulled back on my tailbone, creating quite a curve in my lower spine that wore on the muscles in my hips and abdomen. Correcting that posture has significantly reduced the amount of lower back strain I feel on a daily basis. I also benefitted from a weekly time to simply focus on myself and my body. With a family at home and working full-time, the Rolfing sessions were my chance to focus inward, making sure my body, mind, and spirit are aligned and grounded so that I can receive and support all of the needs and stimuli coming at me for the rest of the week. While each session was challenging in its own way—stretching out the bound-up or breathing through thick moments of tension—each session ended with experiencing space and relief where it had not been before, and an awareness to how to keep it, in spite of external stressors.
Rolfing is all about defining my body to myself- increasing the awareness of space and experiencing the postures and movements that will maintain openness and fluidity. My 10-series was an absolute joy to experience!