"It's amazing, I can see the silver lining!"
"Things that used to bother me just don't anymore."
"You know that movie The Matrix? I'm like that guy, dodging all the bullets, but miraculously I'm dodging stress at work. I have so much more energy at the end of the day. I feel so much better."
I hear it often from my clients who are going through their Rolfing series. It's similar to what I felt when I received my first Rolfing 10-session series back in the 90s: At the time, I was in a double-degree program studying cello and biopsychology in Boston, and as if that weren't enough, I was pushing myself through pre-med, preparing for the MCAT, and applying for a Fulbright Grant at the same time.
Needless to say, the stress was high. A C+ on an exam, an audition that I didn't have time to practice for, a glare from the conductor when I got to orchestra rehearsal late... Life was full of little awful events that made me feel horrible.
But how bad would I feel, and how long would it bother me? Those changed while I was getting my Rolfing series. I remember telling my Rolfer, Aline Newton, "It feels like stress used to stick to me like rain on a cotton jacket. Negative thoughts would hang around for days or weeks. But now it feels like the stress literally slides away. It rolls off me like water." In addition, I told her: "I can see how things are never all bad."
And unbeknownst to me, I had gained a powerful tool for staying young and healthy, longer. In my 20s, I didn't care, but being upwards of 40 now, this is worth gold.