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In the last week I’ve gotten two very sweet texts from two very sweet women who have both gone through the 10-series with me in the past.  Both were saying ‘thank you’ for the experience because of the effect it had on their lives.  And so, I thought it might be time to once again rave about how awesome the 10-series is.

Luckily, I have a stockpile of before and after pictures from several clients I still haven’t shared with you.  So today, we’re going to talk about Dave and his experience with the 10-series.  When Dave came in, he’d been dealing with chronic back pain for about 10 years that had initially started with a football injury.  He also had occasional numbness and tingling in his leg and pain in his shoulders and arms.  While Dave is super active, the pain in his low back prevented him from moving with the ease and confidence he used to enjoy.  We went through the traditional Rolfing 10-series pretty quickly, averaging only 1-2 weeks between sessions.

Let’s take a look at Dave’s before and after pictures from the front and back, shall we?  (Before is on the left and after is on the right.)

Can we just start with Dave’s face for a second?  Because, seriously, his face just looks so drastically different in the two pictures.  The second one looks so open and clear and wide, if that makes any sense.  It’s almost as if in the first picture, his facial features are a little smushed together and in the second one, they’ve been set free.  Then we can move down to Dave’s neck, which seems to have lengthened by about an inch post-10-series.  Dave the Giraffe, we’ll have to call him now.  Then scan down to his shoulders, where Dave starts out with his left shoulder much higher than his right.  In the after picture, there’s still an imbalance, but it’s greatly reduced.  Next, check out that six-pack.  See how the right side and the left side of Dave’s six-pack don’t match?  We want them to match.  And while they’re not perfectly symmetrical, after 10 sessions, the horizontal lines are much closer to actually being horizontal than diagonal, don’t you think?  Lastly, let’s check out Dave’s feet, which are almost  pointing straight forward after the 10-series, instead of out to the sides a bit.  Yay!  In the pictures of Dave’s back, we can again see that long neck and those even shoulders.  Take a look at his shoulder blades.  In the first picture, his shoulders are rounding forward, making his shoulder blades flare out, like little wings.  But in the after picture, those shoulder blades can just lay flat on Dave’s back, giving him broader shoulders and more openness through his chest.  And check out the quality of Dave’s back as a whole, before and after.  Doesn’t the second one just look…better?  Smoother, straighter, and longer?  As we look at Dave’s legs we can see again that some of the outward rotation is gone, but also that Dave’s legs are more under him, not splayed out wide.  Just by changing his posture, Dave’s gotten taller.

Now let’s take a look at Dave’s profile to see if we notice any changes there.

Personally, I think this left profile of Dave’s shows the most dramatic changes.  Just look at him!  We’ve already talked about the face, neck, and shoulders and you can see all those changes here again.  But look at Dave’s low back in the first and second pictures.  See how he has that extreme curve in the first one?  See how long and tall he is in the second one?  Crazy!  And his chest over his abdomen looks so much more proportionate in the second (and fourth) pictures.  As we take a look at Dave’s legs, we can see that more length in his hamstrings allows even his legs to get longer and taller.

However, all of my excitement over Dave’s improved posture and structure is useless if Dave doesn’t feel any different himself.  So what did he have to say about his 10-series experience?  Here are just a couple phrases from a little exit interview we did:
“I would recommend it to anybody.”
“I don’t feel any pain.  Like, I don’t feel that constant, nagging, sharp pain every step, and every time I sit up, every time I sit down.”
“I used to only be able to use the elliptical at the gym…because it was easier on my back, easier on my knees.  Around the 4th or 5th session I was able to start running again, regularly.”
“It was just smooth, it was natural, there was no windedness, no tiring in any part of the body, it was just like a complete machine, working as it should.  It felt great.”
“Six months ago I was contemplating going to see an orthopedic surgeon because my back hurt so bad.  It was literally constant pain.  Sleeping, walking, sitting at my desk, anything, it hurt.”
“This past week at the gym I felt like Hercules, it was fantastic.”
“I feel fortunate to have been exposed to this, this early in my life.”
“I feel like I haven’t felt in ten years.”

So there you have it.  Two lovely women and one lovely Dave, all big fans of the 10-series.  And me, too.  I just keep coming back to how great it is.  That Ida knew what she was doing when she designed the thing, that’s for sure.

Who’s ready for more comparisons?  I know I am!  Today, we’re taking a look at Marissa, who also did a 5 series.  Thank you Marissa, for your willingness to be photographed through this process.  Now, let’s take a look at Marissa’s before (on the left) and after (on the right) pictures.  What do you think?

See how Marissa’s shoulders are uneven in the first pictures?  Look at how level they are after 5 sessions!  Her head is even tilted to the side at first, but straight up after the work.  And her neck looks longer as well!  We can start to see Marissa’s arms coming further back, too.  If you take  a look at the pictures of her back, you can see so much more of her forearms and hands after the five sessions than before, eh?  Then, let’s take a look at Marissa’s legs.  See how her legs come in at the knees and go back out at the ankles?  Notice how they are closer to parallel in the ‘after’ pics?  Her feet are more parallel, too.  And if you look at the pictures of her back again, notice the creases in the back of her knees.  See how they’re coming closer to horizontal in the after pictures?  Yeah, you sure do!  Lookin’ good, Marissa!

Now we can look at her pictures from the side.  Oh boy!

Just like with Steve, we can immediately notice how Marissa’s ears are coming back over her shoulders and how her head is more on top of her body than in front of it.  Hooray!  We notice her shoulders are less rounded forward, allowing her shoulder blades to rest flat against her back.  There’s an easily visible smaller curve in Marissa’s low back, making her taller and more upright in general.  And we can see the same changes we saw in Steve’s legs, where they are more relaxed and balanced looking after 5 session, making them look less ropey than before.

Pretty thrilling, don’t you think?  And for those of you who are always asking me, “yeah, but does it last?”  These ‘after’ pictures were taken two weeks after Marissa’s last session.  Still pretty dramatic in my book.  So what do you think?  I’d love to hear your feedback, when you get a chance.

Who doesn’t love some good before and after pictures, eh?  I’ve been pretty excited about this whole photo/video project I’ve been working on for the past couple months.  And I’m excited to share that two people are finished with their 5-serieses.  Serieses?  That can’t be right.  Whatever the plural of 5-series is, that’s what I meant to say.  Regardless, today we’re going to do a little visual analysis of the before and after pictures of Mr. Steve.  I hope you’re ready, ’cause it’s going to be absolutely thrilling.  Let me tell you.

Okey dokey.  To get started, let’s take a minute to say thank you to Steve for his willingness to be photographed in his underwear.  What  a champ!  Then, let’s take a look at Steve’s before and after pictures with him facing forward and backward.

So, when I look at these photos, the changes from before the first session (on the left) and after the 5th session (on the right) are pretty dramatic.  But, I look at people’s structures all day long.  Just ask my friends.  I can’t go anywhere without pointing out people who need Rolfing.  I’m pretty annoying.  Let’s get back to Steve, though, shall we?  Let’s take the first two pictures, of Steve’s front.  Can we just look at those shoulders?  I mean, wow.  Not only does he look 6 inches broader, but those shoulders are pretty damn close to even in height in the second picture…not so much in the first.  Yay!  And look at that head!  It’s like the turtle has come out of his shell in the second picture.  As we take a look at Steve’s back, we see that same breadth across the shoulders.  Gorgeous.  Now, take a look at Steve’s feet.  Notice how much more parallel they are in the ‘after’ pictures?  Yeah, I bet you do.  Ready for more?

Let’s move on to a little side action.  This is where it gets really crazy.  I hope you’re prepared.

Check out that neck!  Steve’s probably an inch taller, with his head over his shoulders instead of out in front of them.  And again, there are those stunning shoulders.  Rolled forward in the first pictures, and not so much in the after pics.  Love it!  And take a look at his chest.  In the before shots, there’s a bit of a shortening, or a collapsing of his rib cage.  In the after pictures, he’s all puffed up like a robin on the first day of spring.  As we take a look at his abdomen, we notice that just from postural changes, it looks like Steve’s lost 5 pounds of belly.  No sit-ups involved!  Through his legs we can see that the muscles look more balanced and relaxed after the 5-series and less ropey than they did beforehand.  And then we’ve got one last look at those much-closer-to-parallel feet.  Huzzah!

Well, this all might not be as exciting to you as it is to me.  But as you know, I don’t normally take before and after pictures in my practice.  So it’s been fun seeing the visual results of these sessions.  Maybe, with practice, or enough time spent hanging out with me, you too can annoy your friends by pointing out strangers who need Rolfing!  Fingers crossed.

Next up, we get to check out Marissa’s pictures.  I’m on the edge of my seat.  Until then, enjoy this beautiful spring, SassyPants!

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1. Where are you located? Why? Because if you have to spend 90 minutes getting to your 90 minute appointments, you’re less likely to go. Just like a gym membership, Rolfing is more effective the more often you utilize it. While I know one person who took the bus 3 hours each way to his Rolfing appointments and went through the entire 10-series, most of us just aren’t that dedicated.

My A: My main office is at 662 Grant, on the second floor, in Denver, CO. I have a secondary office at 489 US. Hwy 287, inside the Baseline Chiropractic office in Lafayette, CO. I occasionally visit Chicago and when I do, I practice out of the Relaxation Station at 10655 S. Hale.

2. How much do you charge? Why? Because if you can’t afford it, there’s no reason asking any other questions. The average price range for Rolfing sessions varies widely by location, from $100 to $400. Again, Rolfing is more effective with more sessions, so plan for at least 3 visits. Rolfing is almost never covered by insurance.

My A: My fee is $120 per session. Children 10 and under are free. I don’t bill insurance companies, but am happy to provide treatment notes and receipts if this is an avenue you’d like to pursue.

3. What forms of payment do you take? Why? Because most Rolfers only accept cash and checks. You don’t want to show up with plastic and feel sheepish.

My A: I accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

4. What is your style of working? Why? To know who’s a great or terrible fit for you and your body. You can learn a lot about a Rolfer by asking this question. -A “traditional” or “old school” Rolfer will tend to be very rough. Ida Rolf was not gentle, nor were the Rolfers who trained with her. This may be a good fit if you like super deep pressure, or are a masochist. -Someone who blends massage and Rolfing may used fascial release techniques in a traditional massage. This may be a good fit if you enjoy massage, but want a taste of Rolfing as well. -A movement practitioner is someone who’s completed an extra training to become movement certified. Movement work can be very powerful, but requires a lot of participation and involvement from the client. Not for those who are planning to sleep through their sessions. -Cranial-sacral work is very subtle, using very light pressure but with huge potential for change. Perfect for those afraid of “old school” Rolfing and awful for those who want an elbow in their quads.

My A: I use a broad spectrum of touch to get the maximum change with the minimum discomfort. While moments may be intense, most people find my work to be relaxing and enjoyable. I combine SourcePoint Therapy and Rolfing in a customized blend to fit your body and your needs. If you don’t want any energy work, or any hands-on work, I’m probably not the right fit for you as I have a hard time eliminating either completely. Oh, and you get to keep your clothes on during your session.

5. Do I need to do the 10-series? Why? Whether or not you want to receive the 10-series, you should know what your Rolfer has planned for you before you walk in the door.

My A: No; how many sessions you do is up to you. I do offer the traditional Rolfing 10­series if that’s the route you’d like to pursue, but it’s not expected. I’m happy to do targeted, customized sessions instead of following ‘the recipe.’

6. Where did you do your training? Why? Because Rolfers who trained in Brazil will have more of a movement emphasis in their work than people trained in the US or Germany. People who trained at the Guild for Structural Integration will be more traditional than people trained at the Rolf Institute®. Hellerworkers tend to integrate more talk therapy into their Structural Integration sessions. Neither Guild practitioners nor Hellerwork practitioners are considered “Rolfers” but are Structural Integrators.

My A: I trained at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO and have done all my continuing education there as well, except for one class in Santa Fe, NM.

7. How long have you been in practice? Why? This one’s a catch-22. Rolfers who have been in practice a long time obviously have more experience, which is a good thing. But there’s been a lot of research and new technique development in the 40 years that Rolfing’s been around. A Rolfer who hasn’t stayed on top of their continuing education may be working in an outdated way. Then again, a newer Rolfer may not have the experience needed to handle extremely complicated issues. And some people are just ‘naturals’ at Rolfing, whether they’re new or old. So it’s kind of a toss up, but it’s still good to know.

My A: I’m in my second year of practice.