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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Guess what I did this past weekend.  You may have gone skiing.  Or snuggled up in front of a fire with a good book and a cup of tea.  Or done keg stands and sung karaoke.  And while those would have been lovely activities for this weekend, what I did was cooler.  I promise.  Well, at least from my point of view; but I’m kinda weird.  I went to a four-day workshop on visceral manipulation!  That’s right.  Four full days of moving abdominal organs around.  Awesome.  Just like I said.  (Though maybe not cooler than keg stands and karaoke, I’ll admit.)

I spent four days with 21 other students ranging from nurses and physical therapists to Rolfers, acupuncturists, and massage therapists.  We drew our livers, stomachs, sphincters and secums (with eyeliner) so we could see where they are and just how huge our livers are.  5.5 pounds for the average liver, people.  Ginormous!  We learned all about listening to those organs (and others) to see if they are functioning optimally.  We learned to release restrictions and to reset normal motility to encourage ideal functioning.  We learned how to drain the gallbladder!  What?!?  Craziness.

More importantly, we learned why we might want to do all of those things.  I mean, obviously, you want your digestive system to work well.  And obviously having a restriction in your small intestine might be problematic.  But did you realize that a restriction in your liver can cause right shoulder pain?  Did you know that a restriction in the ligaments supporting your stomach can cause your neck to hurt on the left side?  Or that appendix or right ovary irritation can make your right knee unstable?  A restricted small intestine can exacerbate scoliosis.  Who knew?!?  Certainly not me.  Not until this past weekend, at least.

But now?  Now I know.  And I’m so excited to share these techniques (as it’s appropriate) with you!  So get ready to have your viscera manipulated.  I promise it won’t hurt.

 

Announcements:

Demo Day is Friday March 15th.  $10 for a 30-minute teaser session.  New clients only.

YIAW (Yoga Instructor Appreciation Week) is March 11th-17th.  $60 sessions for any yoga teachers.  Spread the word!

I’ve been thinking about Core a lot lately, SassyPants. Therefore, I wanted to write about Core. But I thought to myself, “Theresa, you always write about Core. And yeah, it’s important and all, but come on. The masses are tired of hearing about Core.” Turns out, I’ve written about Core twice. Once on January 3rd of last year, I wrote about my favorite Core muscle, the psoas.  And almost two years ago, I wrote about your energetic core, or your golden midline. So I’m going to write about Core again, since I don’t actually always write about Core. I just always think about Core, and I always want to write about Core.

So, ‘the Core’ is something Rolfers are always going on about. A whopping 4 sessions of the 10-series are devoted just to the Core. We’re always rambling about movement being initiated from the Core, and lengthening the Core, and accessing the Core. And while it all logically makes sense, I didn’t know what any of that felt like in my body until I was halfway through my second 10-series in the middle of my training to become a Rolfer. I got up off the table, and could feel my Core. It was lovely! So strong and stable! So long and tall! I felt like I could stand forever without getting tired. My Core could support me and my ‘sleeve,’ on the other hand, could just rest. Physically, I finally knew what Core meant.

In the last few years as I went through my Saturn Return, I had a very real sense of my non-physical Core. This was the essence of who I was as a human being. It felt as though my Core was a ceramic vase, and was being smashed to smithereens. Not exactly a pleasant experience. But among the shards and dust, I felt like a new core, this one made from un-smashable steel, was emerging. As painful as it was, it turns out I’d rather have a steel pipe than a ceramic vase as my Core, and I’m grateful for that brutal smashing. I now have a very clear sense of this indestructible mental, emotional, and spiritual core, to go with that physical core I found back in Rolfing school. Huzzah!

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of yoga. Well…a lot by my standards, which means 2 to 4 classes a week. And those yoga teachers, man, they just won’t stop talking about Core. Engage your Core! Use your Core! And they’re so right. Each pose, each movement feels better and stronger and more stable when my Core is engaged and active. It’s when I forget about my Core that I fall over or tweak something in a weird way.

So, yeah, Core is important. It’s a big deal. I might go as far as to say Core (and your ability to access it) is critical to a happy, healthy life. But learning to relate to your Core can be challenging. In my case, it took 15 Rolfing sessions before I could feel it. It took years of soul searching, and a fair number of tears, before I could emotionally access it in a moment. It took a lot of journal entries and long walks with friends before I felt confident in my Core. So if you’re there…if you know your Core and how to access it on all levels, good on ya! I’m so impressed. And if you don’t, if Core is still a bit of a mysterious concept to you, don’t fret. Little by little you will learn, if you want to learn, how to relate to your Core. And more importantly, how to make sure every movement you make, every word you speak, every spell you invoke, and every thought you think comes from your Core. And that will be a beautiful day, indeed.