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Rolfing Structural Integration returns to Cardiff

To mark my return to practice at Physiomatters in Cardiff this ApriI, I am able to offer a reduced rate for new and existing clients.

Details are on the Prices page of my website:, and in the Winter 2013 edition of my Newsletter (posted on the Blogs page of the site).

What Rolfing can achieve:-

  • Helps busy people restore their posture when the computer and driving or standing for long periods take their toll.
  • Keeps golfers and tennis players in the right swing – increasing range of movement and strength.
  • Gives rugby players more sense of using the ground to increase power.
  • Enables dancers and athletes to find the inner core that gives strength, balance and grace to movement disciplines.
  • Allows yoga practitioners to breathe more evenly and deeply, and have more supple joints and muscles.
  • Switches on an appreciation of the space around you and the opportunities within it – activating your sense for noticing what is good around you.
  • Gives you a flatter stomach, more youthful face and a longer back.
  • Keeps aging at bay, and even turns back the clock on niggling restrictions that make gardening and pottering about uncomfortable.
  • Makes you more youthful, energetic and ready to tackle the daily stresses from a position of power.
  • Makes life more fun!

How these things are achieved depends on the individual client‘s circumstances.  Awareness of most restrictions is often absent, as we have got used to the pattern.  It is the resulting pain that gets to us!

If frozen shoulder or sciatica are the problems, then the work is adjusted so that special techniqies are applied.  Both of these conditions respond remarkably well to the manipultaion techniques.

Stiff necks are usually easy to solve – by clearing restrictions in the supporting structures below – around the shoulders and chest.

Similarly, most low back pain is very treatable, by clearing restrictions in the legs and abdominal areas.

Whiplash injury takes some time as the effects go deep within the body cavity – so  the diaphragm/spine relationship often need to be improved.

If you have an injury or condition that holds you back – e.g the knee, pelvis etc, the work can improve the relationship of the injured part to the rest of the body by de-compensting the patterns that arise from pain, imbalance and physical stresses.  This can aid recovery from surgery, or make less drastic surgical intervention a possibilty.

I work with clients over a series of sessions.  I assess the client and discuss what they want to achieve and give a realistic idea of what is achievable.  I review this with the client as the course progresses.  Often clients achieve far more than what they originally set out to do.

Coaching in natural movement patterns forms part of the work, and yields surprising results, in addition to the hands-on manipulation that forms the basis of the work.

The manipulation is gentle, and, as far as possible, is pain free.  The aim is to restore plasticity and ease of movement in a co-ordinated and natural way, so that e.g. when you reach for something you do not unconciously hold back in order to keep stability.  Your nervous system learns how to let go of holding patterns, and to let movement happen.

Whatever your age or background, you can un-do the unconciously learnt habits that create stability at the expense of so much.  Rolfing gives you a great opportunity to discover so much and achieve more than you think.

For technical stuff there are many resources I can let you know about, such a current research on myo-fascia.

My Background:-

I graduated from the European Rolfing Association training programme in Munich in 2010.  I previously practiced as a Solicitor in Wiltshire before my wife and I decided to move to Wales in 2008 seeking a more relaxed lifestyle and to pursue our dream to change careers.  Our goal was to reduce stress and to learn more about the fascinating field of complementary therapies.  My interest in manual therapy was sparked by my experiences in long distance cycling events for charity, and later in golf, fitness training, running and country walking.

A keen interest in Rolfing was inspired in me by the benefits of a series of Rolfing sessions.  I can breathe more easily while cycling, increasing my speed and power output, and reducing fatigue.  I no longer have recurring strains in my knees, lower back and shoulders.  Relief from neck and shoulder pain caused by a whiplash injury many years ago means I am now able to play golf again with more ease and strength.  In general, I feel better able to adapt to life’s physical, mental and emotional challenges.

A two week long intensive introductory course in Rolfing held in Germany provided the inspiration for me to study further and train to be a Certified Rolfing practitioner.  The training programme was intensive and provided plenty of opportunity to learn techniques of manual manipulation of muscles and connective tissues in order to relieve a variety of common strain related conditions.

My particular interest is in the realm of the individual’s potential for optimal strength, efficiency of movement and body awareness in physical activity.

How Rolfing works:-

The body is more at ease and functions most efficiently when its structure is balanced in gravity.  The field of gravity can accentuate any imbalances in the body and diminish flexibilty.  Tension patterns can cause painful symptons to arise in joints, muscles or nerves.  This is often the result of strain caused by compensatory patterns that can arise from accidents, illnesses, trauma, repetitive motion, aging or strain arising from everyday activities, sports training programmes etc.  Reducing gravity’s adverse effect is the goal of Rolfing.  The release of tension patterns optimises the individual’s capacity to breathe and to move free of unnecessary restrictions.

How many sessions are needed?

To restore alignment of the body in gravity, improving posture and freedom of movement, requires an initial series of ten sessions.  Each session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and is usually spaced 1-2 weeks apart, or up to 3-4 weeks dependng on the individual.  The goal of each session is to address the relationship of all of the muscle groups of the body and their relationship with each other through the connective tissue web that holds and transmits strain patterns.  Each session builds on the the results of the previous one.  To ensure the structural changes are maintained, movement training is an important element of the series of sessions.

Do the benefits last?

Yes, and often clients go on to find further improvement occurs as the body is in a better position to continue re-adjusting itself in response to the corrective effect of gravity.

Further information, clinic times and prices:

Further information about Rolfing, details of prices and clinic times are available on the web-site, or phone 07966 869182 /01269 841859, or e-mail

© 2013 James McCormack, Certified Rolfer™, Member of the European Rolfing® Association

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About the Author:

Following a career in legal practice in England, and later in Wales, James trained at the European Rolfing Association in Munich and qualified as a Certified Rolfer in 2010. His interest in manual therapy was sparked by his experiences in long distance cycling events for charity, and later in golf, fitness training, running and country walking. His particular interest is in the realm of the individual’s potential for optimal strength, efficiency of movement and body awareness in physical activity.

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