Ida says... #14

You can't talk just a little about Rolfing. You have to tell it all. People don't know they have never seriously thought about that level in which the essence is relationship, where the noumena go looking for the phenomena. (Write that down; I want to remember that; it's true.)

Ida says... #12



This is the gospel of Rolfing:

when the body gets working appropriately,

the force of gravity can flow through.

Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.

Ida says... #11

There are two types of people who come to a Rolfer.
One has what I so elegantly call a bellyache, and wants you to get that bellyache out. The other’s ache is an overly absorbing recognition of the fact that he is unhappy. He is unwell, uneasy. He wants to know why, he wants to move on, he wants to know more.

Ida says... #10

Fascia is the organ of posture. Nobody ever says this; all the talk is about muscles. Yet this is a very important concept, and because this is so important, we as Rolfers must understand both the anatomy and physiology, but especially the anatomy of fascia. The body is a web of fascia. A spiderweb is in a plane; this web is in a sphere. We can trace the lines of that web to get an understanding of how what we see in a body works. For example, why when we work with the superficial fascia, does this change the tone of the fascia as a whole.

Ida says... #4

I'm dealing with problems in the body where there is never just one cause. I'd like you to have more reality on the circular processes that do not act in the body, but that are the body. The body process is not linear, it is circular; always, it is the circular. One thing goes awry, and its effects go on and on and on and on. A body is a web, connecting everything with everything else.


Ida says... #3

Old religions used to teach you to sit or kneel and always rock, gently but definitely rock. When you rock, you swing from prevertebral to postvertebral muscle. You'd see the same thing with sailors in the more active days of the ward. You'd go down the street and you'd see a man in uniform, but you'd know without checking the uniform whether that man was a seaman or a landman. The landman went down the street boomp boomp boomp; the seaman went down rolling - from the prevertebral to the postvertebral, the prevertebral to the postvertebral, He may not have had what we would call a really balanced gait, but he did use that alternation which kept the whole body at its peak. And they do this in many religious rituals, So much of ritual, if you look at it in the light of what you know of physiology, can be seen as a form of preventive medicine.
For more on posture in traditional lifestyles, check out this NPR piece...

For more on posture in traditional lifestyles, check out this NPR piece...