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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.

I get this question all the time.  And the thing is, it depends on you.  That’s the beauty of this whole Rolfing thing; it’s customized to you, special one.

First, listen to your body.  Your bod’s been taking care of you as best it can for as long as you’ve been alive.  So pay attention to what it has to say.  If you’re feeling off balance, ungrounded, or just a little wonky, it’s probably time for a tune up.  If you’re in pain, your body is sending you a very clear signal that it needs something.  Maybe a glass of water and a snack is in order, maybe a trip to your local ER, or maybe a trip to your favorite Rolfer’s office.  If you really listen to your body, I bet you’ll know what to do.

When in doubt, ask for advice.  If you’re still not sure, give me a call and ask what I think.  I’m not going to tell you to get Rolfed if I don’t think it will help.  Promise.

Are there general guidelines?
Don’t get too much bodywork at once.  I rarely recommend more than one Rolfing session per week.  Don’t try to be an overachiever and get a session every other day; you’ll probably do more damage than good.  This goes for other types of bodywork as well.  If you’re doing physical therapy twice a week, a massage once a week, and three chiropractic adjustments each week, along with acupuncture and Rolfing, it’s hard to tell what’s working and what’s not.  Also, your body never has time to integrate what’s going on and won’t be able to send you clear signals about what it needs next.

Don’t expect a big issue to be resolved in one session.  If you’ve had scoliosis for 20 years and haven’t done anything about it, don’t expect to be pain free after your first Rolfing session.  Big stuff like herniated discs, reconstructive surgery, and major car accidents generally take five to ten sessions to resolve while a strained psoas may only take one or two.  Have realistic expectations and make the commitment to your health and well being.

Maintenance is just as good for your body as it is for your car.  Life happens and it affects your body, like it or not.  For someone training for a marathon or pregnant, maintenance sessions should be every two to four weeks.  I like to get a session ever six weeks or so, and I’ve got a pretty physical job.  Some people are on the “call me when it hurts” maintenance plan and that’s fine.  Just keep in mind that maintenance is what happens AFTER we’ve gotten to a place of balance and ease; not what happens immediately after that skiing accident.