Newsletter Winter 2013

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Newsletter Winter 2013

© James McCormack 2013

Welcome to my second newsletter.  As promised, the “Ten Series” in brief:-

1 – Breathing – our rib cages are usually fixed open or closed to a degree, so “freeing the breath” is the goal.

2 – Feet and Legs – tight calves, plantar fasciitis, tight hams, quads, and  IT band – all this stultifies freedom of movement.

3 – Pelvis and Chest – get these two structures balanced better and you are on your way to alleviating back, shoulder and neck strain.

4 – Core 1 – important muscles (iliopsoas) connect the spine to the legs.  This session approaches these core muscles from the attachments at the leg.

5 – Core 2 – this session approaches the core muscles from the abdominal area.

6 – Spine – alignment of the sacrum and spine create a flexible and resilient back.

7 – Head and neck – are re-aligned, and sensory awareness is fine-tuned.  If you have come this far you are likely to be at your tallest!

8 – Integration of structures – getting the spine, pelvis, chest and head alignment optimised.  Vertical support from each leg through the pelvis to the corresponding shoulder in standing.

9 – Integration of movement – getting the body to move naturally through a resilient core.  Diagonal support from each leg through to the opposite shoulder in walking.

10 – Closure – this is where detailed balance takes place – as many remaining restrictions as possible are ironed out.

Congratulations – you will have achieved a lot, and can look forward to progressing even more as the function of the body enables deeper and lasting beneficial changes as gravity does the work.  A balanced body needs nothing more than the effect of gravity to keep it that way.

What next? – more advanced work – re-freshing, moving along the road towards a higher level of integration:-

Backsliding – Re-assessing habits – Keep an eye on tension – do you hold your breath in or out when concentrating? Do you pull your shoulders up, pull your backside in, twist your ankles and knees when sitting – all signs of nervous tension that creates long term problems.

Striving to achieve the impossible – let it go and do your best – the body is not a symmetrical all-powerful thing. Training is good, but watch it doesn’t create a mechanical default mode that overrides the natural scheme of the movement brain.

Slow changes versus step changes – tracking progress can be frustrating, but it is often punctuated by a new change that suddenly seems to open up new opportunities – your breathing might suddenly feel easier or lighter, your ankles knees or hips might suddenly feel as though they are clicking into a new more comfortable alignment.

Nagging pains – can often be a sign that structures are changing for the better.  The trick is to notice the difference between long held tension (often easy to overlook – see habits above) and tension that precipitates the release of a compensating pattern.

Emotional aspects – in the context of Rolfing this can mean “Why we do what we do?”.  In a nutshell, you can observe what you do, and take steps to re-affirm correct habits.  Breaking the habit challenges the emotional response – it can give you time and space to find better options.

New Training School in London – with the first training programme due to complete shortly,  12 or so new Rolfers in the UK will mean even more awareness and more demand.

New website – my website will be updated in April, and be more interactive and informative.

Workshops – In the Autumn I hope to travel to Bologna again for an advanced course in the Axial Integration – spine, sacrum, skull.  More news in the next newsletter.

Re-opening in Cardiff – From April I will also be practising from Physiomatters, in North Llandaff.  I hope that the pattern of alternate Saturdays with alternate Wednesday afternoons/evenings will provide enough opportunities for you to start sessions, or re-fresh and take on the next step in your integration.

Offer – Book a starter series of three sessions at Physiomatters and pay in advance £150 – that is a £75 saving (on the full rate), equivalent to one free session.

Gift Certificates -Why not treat a close friend or family member to a gift certificate for one, three or ten sessions.  The concessionary rate applies.

Next issue – Summer 2013

An introduction to some advanced techniques for generating a more stable core function…., and more news etc.

Current Charges:-

Standard rate:  £60 per session at Carmel (near Llandeilo), or £75 at Cardiff

Concessionary rate (retired, unemployment benefits):  £50 per session; £65 at Cardiff

Under 18 (accompanied by parent or guardian):  £30 per session of 30 – 45 minutes approx. (£45 Cardiff)

If you purchase a gift certificate, the concessionary rate applies.  Certificates are available for individual sessions, or for a series of either three or ten sessions and are valid for 12 months.

The Client Guidance note attached explains more about what Rolfing is and what it does.  Whether you are new to Rolfing or have had some experience of the treatment, the guide is aimed to help you get the most out of this unique form of treatment.  Feel free to pass this newsletter and guidance note on to anyone who you think may be interested in Rolfing.

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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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