I practice Sports & Remedial Massage therapy, Rolfing, Pilates, and Personal Training in London.
Sports & Remedial Massage is sought by some people who experience muscle aches, poor posture, or who have injured themselves.
My personal training uses a holistic approach and draws from my own training in different disciplines. It focuses on integrating the principles of Rolfing and Pilates with an awareness of the body’s energy systems, healthy nutrition, and reeducation of the nervous system to transform your body.
Combining my knowledge of Rolfing and personal training skills, my holistic Pilates programmes are tailored to the individual’s needs and adapted as improvements are made. My programmes are designed to help each client achieve the optimal body balance which can enhance posture and create a sense of general wellbeing.
Rolfing is different from massage. Rolfing works with the fascial layer of the body. Fascia surrounds the muscles and organs, and helps to give shape to the body.
Effectively a technique of deep tissue manipulation, Rolfing is said to realign the body to improve functioning and wellbeing. It takes its name from Dr Ida Rolf, the American biochemist who developed the system in the middle of the last century. She recognised that the body is a web-like system of networks of connective tissues rather than a collection of separate parts.
Rolfers themselves take a holistic view of the body and the person. Rather than trying to “fix” symptoms in isolation, a qualified Rolfer will look to optimise the deep structures of the body to organise it with the primary force that acts upon it – gravity. When the body is aligned well, the causes for specific problems can resolve, or at least are easier to work with.
Each hour-long session focuses on one aspect of the body and prepares it to move on to the next one. The ten steps gives practitioner and client a framework for covering all important areas of the body. After the ten steps, clients can continue to take Rolfing sessions on an ad-hoc basis to maintain healthy movement in the face of life’s pressures.
1) The first session aims to ‘free the breath’, creating space between the ribs and pelvis so that the body has the opportunity to breath optimally.
2) The second session is concerned with the use of the legs and feet and how to achieve maximum stability as we walk and stand.
3) The third session works on the sides of the body to integrate the ribcage, waist and back.
4) The fourth session is concerned with the inside legs and pelvic floor, beginning a phase of work which deals with the core of the body.
5) Session five works with the front of the body, freeing deeper pelvic and abdominal restrictions which can inhibit movement.
6) In session six we work on the spine to increase mobility and rotation and improve its relation with the pelvis and hamstrings.
7) The seventh session releases tensions in the shoulders, neck and skull to balance the head on the spine. By working on the mouth and nose, we also release tension in the face.
8) Session eight is devoted to work on the areas most resistant to integration with the whole body in either the upper body and arms or the lower body and legs.
9) Session nine continues the work of the previous session, helping to integrate the body and achieve its ideal posture and functioning.
10) The tenth session works on the whole body in an integrative way to bring together the learning and changes of the previous nine sessions.
The ‘ten steps’ or ‘recipe’ is part of what makes Rolfing so different and effective.
Training, qualifications & experience
Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist (BTEC Level 5)
Rolfing Structural Integration Practitioner (on-going)
Other available therapies
Rolfing (also called Rolfing Structural Integration)
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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