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On the heels of the thrilling decision to strike down DOMA, I find it’s time that I came out of the closet about something myself.  See, when I went to Crestone at the end of April, I got into some pretty out-there stuff.  I started working with Kundalini energy, and got a new animal (King Cobra) in my totem.  Which is not the sort of thing my 15-year-old-self ever thought I would say.  I know I’ve been a hippie, and into some pretty strange stuff for a long time now, but I have this construct of ‘who I am’ that includes words like ‘nerdy’ and ‘freckled’ and ‘Italian’ and sometimes that construct does a double-take when I talk about Kundalini and says, “what did you just say?”

But there it is.  I’ve got some snake energy going on.  Sometimes at the most inopportune moments.  Like while I’m sleeping.  Or in the parking lot of Tokyo Joe’s.  Regardless, I’m excited it’s here and that’s probably a good thing, ’cause it doesn’t seem to be going away.  Why I’m bothering to finally tell you all this, SassyPants, is that it’s shifted my relationship to Rolfing.  I never, ever, ever thought I would tire of Rolfing.  I love Rolfing.  Like, a lot.  But lately, I’ve been feeling a bit hemmed in by the title.  I’ve been wondering if I’ve been limiting myself by only being a Rolfer.  I mean, if someone comes to me for a Rolfing session, and pays me for a Rolfing session, I had better give them a Rolfing session, right?  But who defines what is a Rolfing session?  If I use my elbow at least 51% of the time, does that count as Rolfing?  If I get a vision during a session and say something to the client about it, does that not count as Rolfing?  If I do some energy work during a session, while fulfilling the goals of a Rolfing session, then what?  And it turns out that I don’t really care.  Because I think of myself as a Healer, first and foremost.  Rolfing is just a modality that I happen to know a lot about.  But I also know a fair amount about nutrition, and herbalism, and shamanism, and trauma patterning.  And now, I’m learning a lot about snake energy.

So, what I’m long-windedly trying to say is that I’m looking to try out this new (but not that new) Healer title in addition to the Rolfer title.  I’d like to try working outside the bounds of what the Rolf Institute might consider Rolfing.  And if you’re interested, I’d like your help in that.  First and foremost: if you want ‘regular’ Rolfing sessions, as you’ve had in the past with me, that’s totally cool and no problem and please just proceed as normal.  Secondly, I’d like to do 39 (don’t ask; it makes sense in my head) practice sessions and then reevaluate. In these practice sessions, I’d like to remove the expectations of Rolfing, of goals, of even achieving anything.  I’d like to just see what comes up and what happens.  While I have no idea what might occur in each of these sessions, I can promise you, they won’t be standard Rolfing sessions.

Here’s how I’d like to set it up, if you’re interested in being a Guinea pig.  The first 10 volunteers for an alternate healing session get their sessions for free.  The next 10 pay $20.  The next 9 pay $40.  The idea being that whatever I’m learning how to do here, I’ll get better with practice.  I’d like to allow 2 hours for each of these sessions, even though I have no idea how long they’ll actually last.  It might be 15 minutes; it might be the full 2 hours.

So what do you say?  Wanna help me get some practice in, and maybe get some healing out of the deal?  If so, you can schedule online, as usual.  Select the “Snakey Session” instead of the Rolfing SI or Kick-Ass Rub.  Once I’ve had 39 volunteers, I’ll take the option off.  Or not.  We’ll see.  That’s then.  Not now.

Thanks for listening to my confession.  And thanks, in advance, for your support.

While I was in Chicago last week, I got a good question from one of my clients that I thought I’d share:  What happens when a client comes in with no pain?  Short answer:  I get really excited.

Now, for the long answer…

See, most of the people I see in my office are there looking to “fix” something, as you know because you watched last week’s interview, right?.  Your shoulder; your back; your left pinky toe; they all hurt and you want them not to hurt.  Which is great, and I get it.  Pain sucks; you want it to go away.  I want that, too.  And until we get rid of the pain, you’re not going to be able to focus on much else.

But my “real” goal as a Rolfer and as a SourcePoint Therapist is to allow health to manifest.  I want your true self to come forth and shine in its most vibrant form.  Don’t you want that, too?!?  Getting rid of the pain may be the first step in the process, but once that’s accomplished, we can focus on encouraging health and vibrancy.

So when a client comes in with no pain, I get excited.  It’s rare, you see, for someone to walk in my door just because they’re curious.  Just because they want to see what this Rolfing thing is all about.  Just because they heard that Rolfing could make you more you.  But when it happens, I love it.  Then, we get down to business.  This particular client, who has no pain, is the perfect candidate for the traditional 10-series because it’s such a thorough full-body tune up.  But 10 sessions is a big commitment and until you’re absolutely ready, it’s not the sort of thing you want to rush into.  So generally, we start the same way I’d start any other session, by setting the 4 diamond points and doing a scan.  Generally when people come in with no physical pain, we get to explore other layers of their being, such as the emotional, traumatic, or karmic blockages that may be preventing health from manifesting.  Often, this is tied up in the physical, but they’re not aware of the holding patterns, so we work on bringing awareness and releasing restrictions.

Working with clients who have no pain can throw me a little off kilter, seeing as I’m so used to working with a goal in mind.  But it also leaves a lot of room for creativity and just trusting the energy to lead me to the right place.  With no goal of “fixing the back pain,” I don’t worry that my own intentions or projections are skewing my intuition or the sourcepoint scans I’m doing.  Everything’s on the table, so to speak.  Nothing is too “off base” to be considered.  So, in the end, when a client comes in with no pain, I get excited.

 

Thanks for your help with Demo Day!
Next month there won’t be a Demo Day, but they’ll start back up on June 16th.

Want to learn how to do SourcePoint yourself?
One of the founders of SourcePoint Therapy is coming to Boulder May 18th-20th to teach an introductory class for anyone who wants to take it.  You don’t have to be a bodyworker or healthcare practitioner.  This form of energy work is easy to learn and very powerful for maintaining your own health as well as the health of your family members.  The cost is $375.  For more information, please contact Dave Sheldon at 303-519-2412.

Meditation/Bodywork Retreat
The Posture of Meditation:  Breathing Through the Whole Body.  October 26-November 4th, in Crestone, Colorado with Will Johnson.  Combining meditation techniques with Rolfing.  Participants will receive a Rolfing session every other day for a total of 5 sessions, while spending several hours each day in meditation.  If interested, please let me know.