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I’ve been thinking about the fourth session of the Rolfing 10-series.  These are the sorts of things you think about when you’re a Rolfer, but not the sorts of things you think about if you have pretty much any other life.  Keep that in mind if you were thinking about a career change.  Anyway.  The fourth hour is big in a lot of ways.  It’s the first of the ‘core’ sessions, after the first three ‘sleeve’ sessions.  This focus of getting the body to relate to ‘core’ is key all through Rolfing and session four is continued through five, six, and seven, all of which wouldn’t be possible without that initial session four.  The focus is on the insides of the legs and the pelvic floor.  Not an area that’s often addressed in your typical massage.  In fact, Ida Rolf said the difference between massage therapists and Rolfers was that Rolfers had the guts to go for the pelvic floor.

Not that I have a problem with massage.  I’m not trying to start a fight here (although Ida might have been).  I think massage is really helpful for relaxation.  It’s great for calming a muscle that’s completely freaked out and won’t let go for all the tea in China.  But Rolfing has more of that get-to-the-root-of-the-problem approach so that your massage can be that much more enjoyable.  If you’re not focused on the pain in your shoulder, it might be easier to relax and enjoy the massage for what it’s supposed to be.

Of course, there are other differences as well.  Rolfers tend to use little, if any, oil, lotion, or other lubrication.  This is because our goal is not to slide over muscles, but to change the shape of the fascia.  We’re more about sinking in and waiting than gliding over the surface of everything.  Also, every session is different in Rolfing.  Even within the confines of the 10-series, there’s a lot of variation.  I’ve never done the same session twice, and I don’t plan to.  We don’t work symmetrically, which can also throw people used to massage for a loop.  It’s just that if you broke your right leg, but not your left, there’s no reason for me to work those legs in exactly the same way.  Rolfers tend to do a fair amount of assessment before and after a session, as well as throughout.  This can be visual, energetic, or tactile assessment, but you’d better believe it’s going on all the time when you’re getting Rolfed, whereas it might not be at any point during a massage.  Also, there’s more client involvement with Rolfing than is typically expected in a massage.  In the massages I’ve received, the most I’ve had to do was roll over from my stomach to my back.  In Rolfing I’ve gotten work while standing, walking, sitting, doing knee-bends and stretches, reaching my arms and legs in different directions, even moving my eyes to look right, left, up, and down.

Rolfers, as a general rule, don’t like being compared to massage therapists.  Which is kinda funny, ’cause well over half of the Rolfers in the world trained as massage therapists first and many of them maintain their massage certifications.  But the fact remains; the Rolfers I know think what they do is VERY different from massage.  I happen to agree.  But when you haven’t experienced Rolfing yourself, it’s hard to understand what could be so different.  You’re lying on a massage table for an hour, right?  Sure, but that’s about where the similarities end.  Now you know.  Go tell your friends.  Please.  I’m tired of meeting people and hearing “oh, Rolfing, that’s like a deep-tissue massage, right?”  No, sweetheart, not really.

Let’s talk about body awareness, otherwise known as your relationship with your body.  I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about someone who’s really “in their body.”  Or maybe it’s phrased as “she’s really grounded,” or “he has great body awareness.”  Maybe you know a professional athlete and their body is pretty much their whole life.  Maybe you are that person.  But for the rest of us, that can be really confusing.  What does that even mean?  In a culture where living exclusively from the neck up is not only acceptable, but is generally admired, something gets lost in translation when we hear about people who are “in” their bodies.

He’s got a good head on his shoulders.  But does he have a good belly beneath those shoulders?  Why should we care?  The thing is, your body is a super-duper-awesome source of information, but most of us aren’t paying attention.  Take a minute and think about all the information you’re getting from your body, not your brain, right now.  You know the texture of the floor your feet are resting on, and whether or not it’s level.  If you were to step on a patch of ice, your body would immediately know the difference between that and the dry sidewalk.  Your skin is telling you how warm or cold it is where you are, as well as if there’s a breeze or not, and what texture and weight your clothes have.  Your stomach is telling you not only if you have to eat, but if you’re nervous or relaxed.  And that’s just the beginning!  You know how you can feel it when someone’s staring at you?  That’s your body, not your logical brain.

Unfortunately, most of us learn to disconnect from all the signals our body sends us pretty early on.  We learn not to cry when that’s all we want to do.  We learn to pour a cup of coffee when our body asks for a nap.  We learn to sit still and get the work done when our body asks for a walk.  And if our body says “this situation is uncomfortable, I’d like to leave now” we tell it to hush up, sometimes with drugs and alcohol, sometimes by simply staying in a place that’s wrong for us.  In extreme cases, like trauma, we sometimes pretend that nothing’s happened and everything’s fine, when everything is exactly the opposite of fine.  And just like a toddler throwing a tantrum, if you ignore your body for long enough, it gets quieter and quieter until you really can’t hear what it’s saying anymore.  What a shame.

The fact is, your brain and your body are one thing.  They’re you.  Trying to separate them, or to pay attention to one and not the other is like saying you’re only going to eat the flour and sugar out of a cake, but not the eggs and the vanilla.  Good luck with that.  Also, even if you could accomplish that, it wouldn’t taste very good, nor would it resemble cake.  And if you’re only paying attention to your logical brain without paying attention to your body, you’re only getting some of the story, and it doesn’t taste nearly as good as the whole story.

This is part of the reason we see so many ailments that are normal in our culture today.  If you stop listening when your stomach says “I’m full,” you end up overweight.  If you don’t pay attention when your bones say “I’m tired,” you end up with colds and flus and depression that force you to finally lie down.  And don’t get me started on all the anxiety disorders that are so popular today.  Perhaps your body is telling you that something’s not right in your life.

If you’re one of the people who believes they’re a head with some other stuff below it, maybe you can try checking in with that thing carrying your head from place to place.  I know, that can be unfamiliar and strange just to think about.  But there are some really simple things to try to get you started.  First, take off your shoes, and take that body for a spin.  Think about all the information you can get from your bare feet.  What’s the texture of the ground you’re standing on?  Temperature?  Hardness?  Can you feel what’s underneath the floor?  Another thing to try is meditating on, or bringing your awareness to one specific body part.  Meditate on your stomach for five minutes before eating.  What is it really craving?  Protein? Sugar?  Fat?  Does it need a bowl of ice cream, or would two bites be enough?  Bring your awareness to your pelvis.  Can you sense the front and back?  Are your sit bones contacting your chair evenly, or is one more solidly connected than the other?  What about your breath and your lungs?  Does your breath fill only the front or only the back of your rib cage?  Maybe it only fills your belly or more of your right side than your left.  To start with, just notice these things.  This is your body talking to you.

Oh, and a couple more things:

Body Awareness is one of the big goals of Rolfing.
I know my ability to live “in my body” went through the roof with my first trip through the ten series.  And since then, I’ve been able to stop worrying about my weight for the first time since I was little, since my body takes care of it for me.  If you’re struggling with your own body awareness, schedule a session or three and let’s see what we can accomplish.

Thank you so much for your help with Demo Day!
Yesterday was my first ever Energy Work Demo Day and it was awesome!  Thanks for coming in yourself and/or sending in your friends!  Next month’s Demo Day will be a “normal” Demo Day where each mini-session will be a blend of structural work and energy work and it will be on Wednesday, December 14th.

I know you’ve been dying to know what’s on the menu, so without further ado, here you are:

Energy Work Demo Day

A prix fixe tasting menu for those curious about SourcePoint Therapy with Theresa Zordan

Starters
Diamond Points: setting four points around the body to provide an energetic container for the session  
Blockage Scan: a thorough scan of your body’s energy to find the primary blockage to the flow of information

Entrees-Please Choose One   
Rectangle Points: setting and balancing four points relating to the body’s physical energy; great for pain or after chemotherapy, radiation, or any trauma.  
Navel Point: supporting and encouraging the flow of healing heaven energy in the universe and the body      
Sacral Point and Sacral Diamond: supporting and nourishing the vital life force energy within the body; helpful after any bad falls to the tailbone and for TMJ
Guardian Points: acknowledging and invoking the inherent guardian energy at 15 specific points on the body; stimulating the physical and psychic immune system
Extraction: removal of foreign energies from the body
Stick Figure: reestablishing the basic energetic lines around which bones form; good after having any broken bones or surgeries.
Crescent Moon: creating left-right balance as well as grounding.  Goddess energy for those that are lacking.
Trauma Scan: locating blockages specifically related to traumatic events and addressing the largest of these   
Emotional Scan: locating blockages specifically related to the emotional body and addressing the largest of these  
Karmic Scan: locating blockages specifically relating to karma while addressing the primary blockage of these
Chakra Balancing: addressing all 7 major chakras, from crown to root in order to balance, clear, and awaken
Chef’s Choice: the most necessary of the above entrees, based on the chef’s intuition

Desserts
Sacral Hold: supporting and nourishing the vital earth energy within the body; settles and integrates the nervous system
Diamond Points: reestablishing the four diamond points to bring closure to the session

30-minute sessions.  $10 each.

So what’s your fancy?  A karma scan?  Maybe a sacral diamond?  Call me at 303-261-2568 to schedule your 30 minute energy session for just $10.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

SourcePoint Goodness

This is only the tip of the weird ice berg

But we’re mixing it up this time.

This Demo Day is going to be 100% energetic.  SourcePoint Therapy without the Rolfing aspect.  Little or no hands-on work; all energy, all the time.  Oh, and this isn’t just for new clients; this applies to anyone and everyone who’s interested in trying out some energy work.  The other aspects of Demo Day will remain the same.  30 minute sessions, $10 each, in Denver at 662 Grant St. on the second floor.  Call me at 303-261-2568 or email me at t.zordan@gmail.com to set up your appointment.

This is a great opportunity to dive a little deeper into the stranger part of what I do.  Ask the woo-woo questions.  Get your chakras balanced.  Get a scan specifically focused on karmic blockages.  Receive a crescent moon hold and bring in the energy of many goddesses.  What?  I told you it was strange.  This is Demo Day gone granola.  And I know it’s not for everybody.  But if you’re curious, why not give it a try?

This is also perfect for people who aren’t comfortable being touched.  Most people who come to see me for Rolfing are familiar with and comfortable with body work.  But there are a lot of people out there who aren’t thrilled with the idea of a stranger touching them.  This Demo Day is perfect for those people to experience some body therapy without the uncomfortable somebody’s-touching-me thing.  Most people who have some fear around being touched are the very people who need it most.  And this can be a comfortable way to step into that scary place without all the fear.

So, if you’ve got a little hippie in you, come on in for Energetic Demo Day on Monday November 14th.  Next week I’ll be posting a menu of about 10 options for you to choose from for your energy work.  Get ready for the weird, pick the one that speaks to you, and give me a call!  Oh, and as usual, tell your friends!