Somehow, I got the name of a “rolfer,” which – rolfing being one of the only treatments I have left to try to heal or at least give relief to my ailing body – I was happy to get a recommendation and give it a try.
Rolfing is a form of body work that supposedly “reorganizes the connective tissues called ‘fascia’ that permeate the entire body.” Like acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy, there is no real proof that it really works. But also, like those treatments, if you believe your body is a life force, a tangle of nerves, or a group of muscles that are not strong enough, that need to be recentered, re-aligned, or retrained, then you’re likely to believe that you’re doing the right thing for your body.
In my case, I felt that I needed to get alignment back by loosening the muscles that have tightened up due to old age, resisting the urge to stretch for fear that it would hurt more than I already hurt, and fixing my gait so that I break the cycle of my poor alignment and the ensuing tightening of the muscles.
I spent my first session clenching my jaw as my spine and other points were massaged from below as I lay on my back. It was a weightlessly comfortable massage and yet seemingly pressurized and right to the point. I could feel the effect of each touch on another part of my body, releasing tension and bringing home the point that everything is connected. As I write this, I am feeling a bit of relief along with a bit soreness…
All in all, I look forward to seeing how I feel in the next few days and after my next session.