Michael graduated from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration® in Boulder, Colorado and is a Certified Rolfer®. He has had the opportunity to study and mentor under some of the great first generation Rolfers including Ray McCall, Gael Rosewood, and Jim Asher. Michael sees Rolfing as a way to look at relationships and compensation patterns in the body as it functions upright in gravity. He is deeply interested in functional movement and postural alignment, and how they play a role in our daily lives, and our sense of self.
Chronic pain from old sports injuries led Michael to Rolfing. In the process of seeking relief from pain he discovered the multidimensional therapeutic power of bodywork.
What is Rolfing?
Rolfing is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education/awareness that organizes the whole body in gravity. Rolfing affects the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial system, i.e., connective tissue. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing creates more efficient muscle use, allows the body to conserve energy and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement. Rolfing has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress, reduce spinal curvature in subjects with lordosis (sway back), and enhance neurological functioning.
Who Uses It?
People seek Rolfing as a way to reduce pain and chronic stress, generally caused by physical or emotional traumas. Rolfing is also used by professional athletes, dancers and entertainers to improve performance. Employers implement Rolfing to decrease workers’ compensation costs due to repetitive stress injuries. Rolfing is also used to facilitate injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness and muscle tension, improving movement and circulation around joints, and attending to both the injury and any secondary pain that may develop from favoring the injury. Based on the mind/body connection, counselors and therapists are incorporating Rolfing in their therapeutic approach; greater physical support and flexibility ultimately influences emotions and energy levels.