Bob Craven Rolfing
Rolfing is a form of deep manual work on the body to improve balance and flexibility and eliminate the physical trauma of misuse, tension, injuries and the general stress of life to which we are all subject.
The woman who invented this technique, Ida P. Rolf, was a doctor of biochemistry who was especially interested in the connective tissue system of the human body. Connective tissue, known technically as fascia, is the material that literally holds us together. It attaches bone to muscle, wraps organs in position, and provides the framework for all of our nerve fibers, blood vessels, and every other part of our anatomy. Dr. Rolf discovered that this is the tissue most affected by injury, prolonged misuse, disease and just plain old stress. She also found that the judicious application of pressure can deeply affect the quality of this tissue—changing it from tight and hard to flexible and resilient. Amazing benefits follow.
This is nicely illustrated by the accompanying illustration that is the trademark of Rolfing. It is two pictures of a little boy—before Rolfing and after a 10-session series of the work. The profundity of that type of change is our goal.
As Dr. Rolf observed: “When I talk about the upright placement of the head on the neck, I am also talking about using the evolutionary possibilities of human structure. Only by getting verticality in the body do you explore these possibilities. The minute you lose verticality, that minute you have lost the something plus that is available to humans.”
On a more mundane level there are other benefits:
I have been a Rolfing practitioner since November of 1977 and plan to continue doing it for the rest of the time, so to speak. I first heard of this stuff at a weekend workshop at Esalen Institute in Big Sur in 1972, and that was the beginning of the end of my career as a newspaper reporter. I’m sure all the work I’ve received has kept me much stronger and healthier than I would b otherwise. I just turned 81 in February.
My office is located at 5100 Marlborough Drive 92116, in the San Diego community of Kensington. My one and only phone number is 619-280-0062. My e-mail address is email@example.com.
Feel free to contact me with questions or to make an appointment. I try to keep regular business hours, but I don’t mind coming in on Saturdays if that’s what it takes to help someone feel lots better.