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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hey there, how ya been?  I’ve made it 4 weeks on this cleanse (with one break for sour cream and cheese on my burrito bowl), and I’m pretty thrilled, since I was only planning to do 21 days.  I’ve been fascinated lately by the idea of having a practice.  I typically think of people as having a yoga practice or a meditation practice.  But there’s also the idea that doctors “practice medicine” and lawyers “practice law.”  I like to think that medicine and law, as well as yoga and meditation, are things that you never truly master.  You get better and go deeper as you practice.

I’m trying to apply the idea of practice to my whole life.    A practice of healthy eating means that while I’ll occasionally have a cheeseburger and a milkshake, the next day I’ll have a green smoothie for breakfast and a big salad for lunch.  I’m practicing mindfulness with what I physically consume.  A practice of active living means that some days I’ll hike a 14er while others I’ll just walk around the block, but I’m committing to my fitness.  I can slip-up here and there, and that’s okay, because I’m practicing.  Always.

Then there’s obviously the practice of healing.  I go into every session curious about what I’ll learn this time.  How can I take what I’ve learned from the last client and apply it to this one?  I take classes, attend workshops, and read books to expand my skill set, increase my understanding, and expose myself to new concepts and information.  There will always be more to learn, more to put into practice.  That’s what keeps this work so interesting and appealing.

So here’s to practice, not perfection.  Here’s to improvement, and learning, and growth.  And here’s to being gentle with yourself when you stumble, ’cause the practice itself is more important than perfection.  What about you?  What are you practicing these days?

I’m hosting a Demo Day!

What is a Demo Day? It’s a day full of demonstrations, of course!  I tried this about a month ago with some close friends and family and it went so well that I’m going to try and make it a regular thing.  Let me tell you how it works.  People come in to my office and get a 20-minute taster session for $10.  It’s like the Taste of Colorado, but without the face painting, or the bands, or the crowds, or the food…okay, it’s nothing like the Taste of Colorado.  But for those who have never experienced what I do, it’s a great way to sample it, without committing to a 90-minute session.  They get a little Rolfing, a little SourcePoint, a little Theresa-love and then go on their merry way.

Who can participate in Demo Day?  Anyone who’s never been a client of mine is welcome to participate in Demo Day.  Friends, enemies, your mom, your newborn (although their taste would be free), your favorite guy at the pizza place down the block, as long as they’re new to my office.

When is Demo Day?  Wednesday, August 31st (of this year, not 2012, in case you were confused); a week from tomorrow.  There are 19 spots total, and like I said, last time it was a huge hit (all spots were taken).

Where is Demo Day?  At my Denver office, 662 Grant St., on the second floor.

How would one go about scheduling a demo on Demo Day?  I’m so glad you asked.  That person should give me a call at 303-261-2568 (better, faster, easier), or shoot me an email at (worse, slower, and harder, but hey, if that’s what works for you, I get it) and mention their interest in Demo Day.

Yay hooray for Demo Day!  I’m super duper excited to try this again!  Thanks in advance for your help in spreading the word.

I’ve been listening to Lungs by Florence & The Machine lately, and I can’t get enough.  Also, I just worked with a client through a very powerful first session, which is focused on the breath, and it got me thinking about lungs and breath and how most of us aren’t living up to our potential in that department.

So why don’t we try a little exercise?  Take a breath and notice where you feel your lungs inflating.  Is your breath in your belly or more in your rib cage?  Do you breathe more in the center, close to your throat or further out to the sides?  What about the front versus the back?  The fact is that your lungs take up a huge amount of space in your thorax and most of us are only using a little piece.  That’s fine for watching TV, but if you need that lung capacity, you should know how to access it.  After noticing where your breath is going, try inhaling to the places where it’s not reaching.

Two thirds of your lungs are behind your midline.  I most commonly see clients who have forgotten that their back can breathe as well as their front.  Are you one of them?  Next most common is ‘narrow’ breathing, only in the center, behind the sternum.  Can you push your right ribcage out to the side with your inhale?  Now try the left.  If you’re struggling with any of these, go ahead and spend a few extra breaths on that area.  Next we’ll move to the tops of your lungs, which go all the way up to the place where your neck and shoulders meet.  You can poke a finger down there and touch your lungs.  Can you breathe all the way up there?  What about down to your hips?  Go ahead, fill that abdomen, front to back and side to side.

The lungs can hold a lot of trauma, so which may be the issue, if you’re still struggling to access an area.  Grief is commonly stored in the lungs and the diaphragm.  Ever have the wind knocked out of you?  Your lungs may still be hanging onto that.  And if you’ve ever had an asthma attack, bronchitis, or pneumonia, your lungs may still be cranky about it.  When you break your leg, you do physical therapy to get back to normal after it’s healed.  Same thing should be true with any lung trauma, but it’s just not expected in this culture.  If you’re having a hard time getting your breath to an area, we can work with that in your next session to get it to finally open up and let you breathe.

If you’ve heard of Rolfing, you’ve probably heard two things: it hurts, and you have to do 10 sessions.  If you’re a client of mine, you already know that neither is necessarily true.  Rolfing can hurt, and you can do the 10-series, but neither are required.  I’ve talked quite a bit about pain, and how Rolfing doesn’t have to hurt, but I haven’t said much about the traditional Rolfing 10-series.  So what is this mysterious beast?  Let’s get into it.

Strangely enough, the 10-series is a set of 10 sessions, each with a specific goal.  (Weird that it’d be called the 10-series, I know.)  It’s also known as ‘the recipe’ and it was created by Ida Rolf herself, back in the 60′s.  See, Ida had this magical ability to look at a person and see where all the issues started.  She could watch someone walk, then say, okay, I’m going to start with their right shoulder, then go to their left knee, work a little on their tongue, and finish with their lower abdomen.  And the client would get up off the table and look great; their walk would be effortless.  When it came to teaching her students to see like she did, however, she ran into a bit of a problem: not everyone had this gift.  In fact, most people just couldn’t see the way she could, at least, not without several years of practice.  So, she developed the 10-series as a step-by-step way to go through the entire body.  This way, everything would get addressed and her students could be sure they hadn’t missed anything.

And what a beautiful recipe it is.  The first three sessions are called the ‘sleeve’ sessions and work with the surface, or outer layers of the body.  The next four are the ‘core’ sessions and get deep into the juicy bits.  The last three are the cleanup crew and the integration where we pick up any pieces that we missed and tie it all together.  Also, the sessions alternate between upper and lower body, so your whole being is moving forward together.

Unfortunately, the 10-series isn’t for everyone.  Don’t get me wrong; I think everyone can benefit from receiving a 10-series.  But it was designed for healthy people as a full body tune-up.  If you’re dealing with a serious leg injury, you might get frustrated when I spend 5 sessions nowhere near your legs.  It’s a very general recipe, which I do my best to tailor to each client’s needs, but if you have a major issue going on, it might be best to address that first, then go ahead with the 10-series.  Also, once you start a 10-series it’s very important to finish.  It’s a pretty big commitment and not for the faint of heart.

All in all, though, I LOVE the 10-series.  As part of my training, I’ve gone through the whole thing twice, which is not something that’s generally recommended, unless you’ve had 10 years or so in between (I had about 10 months).  I experienced huge, amazing, life-shifting changes with each journey through.  And a 10-series was my introduction to Rolfing, which obviously sold me on the whole experience.  So if your body feels good, but you want it to feel so much better, think about trying a 10-series.  I’d be happy to answer any other questions you might have about it, before you make that leap and jump into this wild ride of healing.

So I’m doing this cleanse.  It’s day two of 21 and I’m feeling pretty excited.  Getting clean and lean always feels good and last time I did this cleanse my energy was really lovely, clear, and present.  So Yay! to three weeks without meat, dairy, gluten, sugar, or anything white and refined.  No ‘food products’ or artificial flavors or colors or fillers here.  I’m cleaning house, physically.  Along with the dietary changes, I’m making some life changes in an effort to clean up some areas of my being that have been neglected in the past.  I’m committing to exercising every day.  I’m meditating every day.  And I’m taking a look at what I’m thinking about, how I’m acting, and what I’m saying all day, every day.  This is the stuff of my life, after all, and if all I do is complain, what beauty am I contributing to myself, let alone the world?

This whole experiment has got me thinking, (and I’m only one and a half days in, imagine where I’ll be in three weeks!) about pausing and taking stock every once in a while.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day stuff; go to work, mow the lawn, do the dishes, that sometimes we find ourselves wondering, how did I get here?  Is this the path I want to be on?  Is this the life I would choose for myself?   And if something’s off, if the answer is not quite clear, then what do we do about it?

I’m such a physical person that for me, when something’s off, I generally look at my physical body first, for clues as to what needs to change.  It’s true for me that I also get clues that something’s wrong from my body.  Two weeks ago, I got a rash out of nowhere and then some swollen glands in my neck.  I knew something needed to shift.  I start making that shift by looking at what I’m putting into my body.  After that, what am I doing with my body?  After adjusting my diet and exercise, I start to think about a deep cleaning.  I’m going to get myself some concentrated Rolfing sessions (one a week for five weeks) to hit the reset button and deal with some nagging hip pain.  I’m meditating with the intent of bringing up and dealing with some very old stuff in that little head of mine.  But I’m also doing some more menial things, like cleaning the basement and donating clothes to goodwill.  It’s almost like I’m nesting, in preparation for a new baby.  Getting things in order, so that the chaotic genius that’s on the way will have the space to do what it needs to do.

What about you?  What do you do when you feel like it’s time for a change?  How do you know you need a change in the first place?  Got any house cleaning tips you want to share?