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Monthly Archives: September 2018

No.  I’m not pregnant.

So, I’m back from hiking the Colorado Trail and finally feeling settled back into my ‘normal’ life.  And, I have news.  Big news.  Are you ready?  Okay.  I’m expanding my practice to include another Rolfer!  Enter Emily Kolb!  Emily is an amazing human who just finished her training at the Rolf Institute® and she is ready to rock and Rolf (I’m sorry, I can’t help myself).  Emily studied under some incredible teachers and did an internship with me and I’m confident that you guys are going to love her.  Not to mention the flexibility that’s available, because you can now get Rolfed at my office 7 days a week.  So if you want an appointment on a Tuesday morning, you can get one, which hasn’t been true with me for ages and ages.  Also, Emily will be offering sessions for $110 for her first year in practice.  If you’ve been wanting to do the 10-series (or a set of any number of sessions) this is your chance to save.  Or, your chance to try someone else’s Rolfing since every Rolfer has their own style and flavor.  Regardless of the reason you try a session with Emily, she could be the perfect fit for you!

Without further ado, let me just give Emily the mic so you can meet her:

Hi, everyone! I am so excited to be joining Theresa’s practice and look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you. First, let me tell you a little about me and my particular path to becoming a Rolfer.

I was born and raised in East Texas but spent most of my adult life in Austin. It certainly would have been easy to continue living in the comfort and familiarity of that city and the people who I came to know, but I felt drawn to start a new chapter in my life. I decided to give Denver a shot, mostly because I was seeking a city with four seasons, something I had never had the pleasure of experiencing before. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with this city and all that it offers, particularly the mountains.

I have worked primarily as a dental hygienist for the last eleven years. While I always enjoyed this line of work, I soon began pursuing other trades, both personally and professionally, after I suddenly developed work-related back pain that limited my performance and quality of life. After experiencing the life-changing benefits of massage, I instantly fell in love and became fascinated with body work, and I was drawn to a second career as a licensed massage therapist. I spent several years doing body work but gradually became more interested in long-term pain management. I vividly remember when I first learned about Ida Rolf and the 10-series, after which I quickly decided it was, once again, time for another change. I suppose the old adage, “third
time’s a charm,” rings true for me because, after learning and practicing three different trades, I feel that I have finally found my calling.
I feel incredibly privileged to have personally experienced the transformative power of Rolfing, and my goal is to be able to share this gift with others. I have never been more excited about my professional work as I have been about my new career as a Rolfer.

This practice is profoundly rewarding, as I get a front-row seat to witnessing others grow, transform their minds and bodies, and become the best versions of themselves. My philosophy is that every client is unique and that optimal results are only achieved when we work together collaboratively and I support each client in reaching his/her desired goals.

When I’m not working as a Rolfer, dental hygienist, or massage therapist, I spend my free time outside being physically active. I mostly love climbing mountains or trail running with my two dogs, Sambo and Zeyda. Sambo is a quirky golden retriever, who always keeps me laughing, and Zeyda is my newest rescue, who I met in the Costa Rican jungle and later decided to bring home to the States. I love to travel, explore local restaurants, and connect with new people. I feel happiest when I’m on a lake and love water sports, and I plan to pick up snowboarding soon.

I look forward to meeting and learning from you as you invite me along on your journey to wellness. Please don’t hesitate to call (704-775-2067) or email me (emilykolbisdale@gmail.com) if you have additional questions or if you are interested in discussing your interests and goals.

So, when you’re ready to schedule a Rolfing session with either one of us, feel free to click here.  We both want to work with you whenever it makes sense!

As part two in our sleeping series, let’s talk about pillows.  Everyone wants to know what kind of pillow they should use.  Cervical pillow? Body pillow? Memory foam pillow?  Buckwheat hull pillow?  And how many? One? Two? Three?  Six?  Here’s where I’d like to reiterate that getting a good night’s sleep is more important to me than what sort or how many pillows you’re using.  So if you’re sleeping well and happy, keep doing that.  But ya’ll keep asking for my opinion and now you’re going to get it.

I’m anti-pillow.  I know, this is hard to believe, given that I’m anti-flip-flopanti-high heelanti-shoeanti-arch support, and anti-bra, but it’s true.  I’m anti-pillow.  And I’m pro-hugs, pro-goat, pro-sunshine, pro-hiking, pro-nap, pro-chocolate, and pro-garden, just so you don’t define me by the things I’m against.  But when it comes to pillows, I like to sit on them, but not sleep on them.  Let me tell you why.

I have been one of those lucky people who never really gets headaches.  And by that I mean I get about 2-3 headaches a year and each time I think I’m probably dying because it’s the worst pain ever and how do people go through life getting headaches all the time and I can’t even imagine what a migraine must be like oh my god just kill me now.  And after a few hours it goes away and everything’s fine again.  For my whole life.  Until a few years ago when I got a headache that wouldn’t go away.  It was dull, and low-grade and annoying.  I didn’t want to die or anything, but it was still weird because I so rarely get headaches.  And then I still had it the next day.  And the day after that.  And three weeks later I still had a headache.  And I was exhausted and cranky and no fun at all to be around.  And then I listened to a podcast from Katy Bowman about how she’s always suffered from headaches, but then she stopped using a pillow and now she has way less headaches.  And so I thought, I should give that a try.

Over the next few months, I weaned myself off pillows.  I have to say that I had a distinct advantage here over a lot of people in that I’ve always been a one-pillow kind of girl, and a fairly flat, thin pillow at that (as compared to my husband’s 3-4 pillows a night habit).  So I only had so work down from one, thin pillow to a folded towel, to a less folded towel, to a sweatshirt, to a t-shirt, to nothing.  And now sleeping with a pillow is pretty much not an option for me, unless I’m super sick and fall asleep while reading.  And even then I tend to wake up after 10-20 minutes and toss the pillow aside.

What I noticed in the weaning process and since then is that my neck had to become more flexible to accommodate my new way of sleeping.  I sleep in all the positions and initially, sleeping on my side with less of a pillow was challenging.  But now, my neck is flexible enough that side sleeping is comfortable and in fact, is where I get my best neck stretching done, reducing the tension in my head.  Oh, and I’m back to not getting headaches almost ever.  Which is my preferred way to go through life.

So, to answer your question, in my opinion, no pillow is the best pillow.

A common question I get (at work, not while I’m just walking down the street) is “How should I sleep?”  And let me just preface this by saying that getting a good night’s sleep, consistently, is more important, in my book, than what position you sleep in.  So if what you’re doing is working for you, do that.  Being well rested makes everything else better and easier.

However.  If you really want to know how you should sleep, keep reading.

First of all, there’s no “right” way to sleep.  Other than with your eyes closed.  Because those of you who sleep with your eyes slightly open are creeping out the rest of us.  Knock it off.  But as far as body positioning goes, all of the positions are good to some degree and bad if they’re the only one you ever use.  The truth of the matter is that we were never supposed to lie down in one position and then maintain that position for the next 7-10 hours without any change. In fact, lying in the same position without moving is how bedsores happen and I don’t know anyone who wants bedsores.  While humans have been seeking soft places to sleep for a long time now, it’s only with the advent of these pillow-topped, memory foam, sleep-number, super mattresses that it’s even been an option to lie in one position for 7-10 hours.  Can you imagine your prairie grass or buffalo hair mattress would be comfortable enough for you to lie still on all night, every night?  No, me either.

What I’m saying here is it’s okay to move while you sleep.  In fact, I’m encouraging you to move while you sleep.  Whichever side you’re sleeping on will be compressed, while the side that’s up will be allowed to lengthen.  Let all the sides (and the front and the back) have their chance at both.  Movement is your friend.  So go ahead, stick your legs and arms out at weird angles, spoon your bedmates, and stretch your neck by sleeping on your stomach now and again.  Just keep it varied and you’ll be good to go.

And if your body needs some encouragement to move while you sleep, you might try a firmer or less comfortable mattress.  Yes, it will take a while for you to adjust, but it’s probably worth it to avoid the damage done by repetitive positioning.  You don’t want to be that person who has to go around telling people they got hurt in their sleep by not moving, do you?  That’d be embarrassing.