August 2009

In the August 2009 issue of Nylon Magazine deputy editor Luke Crisell and beauty director Holly Siegel describe their experience receiving three Rolfing sessions from a Rolfing practitioner in New York City. Apparently Siegel suffers from a lower-back problem and Crisell wanted to go along for the entertainment factor. What they found out was that Rolfing really works!

Not only can Rolfing make you more flexible, alleviate stress, and increase energy levels, it can recalibrate your whole body. Show us a spa that (really, truly, actually) does that. . . . we immediately and surprisingly feel these benefits (we practically skip to the Oak Room afterwards), and after three visits, we are pretty certain an extended course of treatment would continue to yield positive results.

To read more of Crisell and Siegel’s humorous account and why you might not want to wear your thong for a Rolfing session check out their story on page 109 of Nylon’s August issue. Thanks for giving me something to smile about!

And now, The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a story about the University of Minnesota Gophers’ Jeff Tow-Arnett. Tow-Arnett, a senior center for the Gophers football team, is happy to be back at training camp. Last season he injured his right knee, underwent surgery, and endured an infection at the surgical site. Tow-Arnett decided to try Rolfing as part of his rehabilitation and worked with the same husband and wife team who are known for their work with the Minnesota Vikings.

Just before camp started, Tow-Arnett underwent a Rolfing session, a technique of deep tissue massage. Tow-Arnett was worked on by a husband-and-wife team.

“Walking out of there I could feel a difference,” he said. “It was unbelievable.”

To learn more about how professional football players are using Rolfing to help them get ready for the game and heal from injury watch this segment from Vikings Game Day.

© Carole LaRochelle, 2009.


The Body Has a Mind of Its OwnI just returned from The 2009 Annual Membership Conference of The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration. Award-winning science writer for The New York Times, Sandra Blakeslee, presented material from her newest book The Body Has a Mind of Its Own. Her explanation of body maps reveals new explanations for why structural integration works. Blakeslee’s book opens with the 1930s research of neuroscientist Wilder Penfield who mapped the brain’s somatosensory and motor cortexes, creating what we know as the homunculi, and covers up to the moment cutting edge research on out-of-body experiences, mirror neurons, and phantom limb phenomena.

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own was published at an opportune time for the structural integration community. It coincided with the first ever Fascia Research Congress held in Boston in October 2007. The Second International Fascia Research Congress is happening in Amsterdam, October 27-30, 2009.

Blakeslee herself, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was motivated to receive the Rolfing ten series because of a knee injury she sustained that left her unable to fully flex or extend her knee. Kudos to Sandra Blakeslee for inspiring us in the structural integration community and providing us with such valuable and timely information.

© Carole LaRochelle, 2009.