5th Rolfing Session mentoring by Sara Soltau
August 27th, 2013 by Joachim Creten
Required by the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Boulder, CO before to enroll in the Unit 3, I have to present min. 3 Rolfing Session with one of my client mentoring by an established rolfer. The client decided to go through the 10 sessions. Here what she had to say after her 5th session: “The focus of this session was on the muscle that runs up and down inside the spine at the lower back. I guess I figured that all the muscles were on the outside, and never gave it any thought about muscles on the inside, where the organs are. Because my left kidney was removed when I was fifteen, internal organs have shifted to fill the gap. I was fascinated by how Joachim and Sara could locate various organs and move them to get to the psoas muscle in the back by my spine. The muscle is larger than I could imagine and when Joachim asked me to move my leg up, down, rotate in or out, that psoas muscle was very much involved. I have had a fair amount of lower back discomfort, which Joachim and Sara traced to this muscle. It seems to be involved in standing, sitting and getting between those two positions. They had me sit, then stand numerous times, showing me how to keep from flexing my back. Joachim also showed me an exercise to do while walking in the sand at the beach that will stretch and flex the psoas muscle.
In addition, Joachim worked on realigning one of my floating ribs that has “stuck out” in the front for many years, making lying face down on a hard surface (like around a pool) very uncomfortable. He worked with assorted tissues (he can name them all) and moved the rib back a bit. I assume that he will work on this in future sessions too. This session did include more work on my left shoulder, giving me near-complete range of motion, an enormous change since before these sessions began. Working diagonally from my left shoulder, he went back to work on my right foot, which has considerable scar tissue. I am able to walk across a hardwood floor now without pain in my right heel.
Each session includes a “review” of parts that were addressed in previous sessions while going forward to additional tissues. I never knew I had this many muscles, tendon, ligaments, facia, and bursas! Not only do I have all these and more, but Joachim knows their names and where they connect and what they do. I am very impressed by how thoroughly he has studied human anatomy and physiology.”