Rolfing with SerafinaMay 12th, 2011 by Leyla Ali
I’ve been trying to see different holistic practitioners to learn about what kind of conditions they treat and how they treat them. Fortunately, I often seem to have some issue that the alternative healthcare practitioner can work with and I can see some results. Currently I have a bad left heal, it hurts to walk or stand for long periods of time, my foot gets sore and eventually I’m limping until it goes away. I’m not sure if it’s caused by bone spurs or a type of fascitis.
I went to Peaceful Waves Holistic Health Center to see Serafina for a rolfing session. There are connective tissues called fascia that surrond, support and penetrate all the muscles, organs, bones and nerves. Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes these connective tissues.. Rolfing works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body.
To start the session, Serafina watched as I walked. She noticed that I was off balance as I had been putting more weight on my right foot and as a result other body parts are off balance.
So when there’s an injury, or a reason to be off balance, then we’ll naturally walk differently, or run differently or sit differently to compensate and to avoid the pain. If we keep compensating, then eventually the body will start to shift to stay that way. The foot is now at different angle. As a result, some muscles must be used more, and a ligament is tighter than it should be, and another part of the body is twisted, which causes the muscles further up to be tighter. Bad posture, or sitting in a desk day after day with incorrect posture may also cause problems.
According to Serafina, there is tension within this connective tissue that surrounds all the organs,muscles, and bones. She works to redistribute the tension. To rebalance a patient after an injury, or after years of sitting at a desk, or having poor posture.
She worked on me for about an hour. After, I was able to walk straight, without the imbalance that my bad foot had created and my body had compensated for by redistributing the weight and that I had grown adjusted to. Her regular clients come with all types of problems, but many of her clients are professional atheletes. Rolfing is good to help with flexibility and motion and to keep the body aligned. One of her favorite client’s story is a 90 something year old woman with a hump on her upper back from leaning over too much. Her posture was hunched over and she walkeed with a shuffle. Serafina was able to help get rid of her hunchback and also allow her to walk upright and help her her prevent needing to use a walker.
Peaceful Waves is a holistic health center in Naples, Long Beach, it has been here for over 10 years. Other services provided include Gyrokinesis® and Pilates. Traditional chinese medicine, esoteric acupuncture, and meditation instruction is also available on the premises.
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