Sunday, April 16, 2017

Emotional Complexity, Longevity, and Your Posture

"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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Study: Rolfing Improves Neck Pain, Range Of Motion

This is from a 2009 article from Massage Magazine. I've been practicing for over 17 years at this point and can say that increased range of motion (ROM) from Rolfing applies to much more than just the neck, as many of my clients move more gracefully and more efficiently than before the 10-session series. "I use a lot less energy to walk, so I'm not exhausted by the end of the day" is a common thing I hear in my office.
And the article...
"Completing 10 sessions of Rolfing® structural integration (RSI) was shown to decrease pain and improve range of motion among people who sought treatment for complaints of neck pain and limited neck motion.
The study, “Rolfing structural integration treatment of cervical spine dysfunction,” was retrospective research that involved a total of 31 patients, six males and 25 females, ages 22 to 66, with a median age of 52 years.

Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Gift Certificates

       Hurray!  You've survived 2016!       

It's been a muckier year than most, so you might be feeling an above-average accumulation of energetic gunk. Now, we just have to get through the holidays before we can flop past the finish line into a nice, fresh, new year. Right?

Treat your loved ones or yourself to a Rolfing Gift Package to re-align, cleanse energy fields, and get ready to take on 2017 with cat-like grace. 

Standard Gravity Rolfing 2016 Gift Certificates
3 Rolfing Sessions $415 (Reg. $450)
10-Session Series $1,395 (Reg. $1,500)

Head/Neck/Shoulder Sessions
40 Min. $60 (Reg. $75)
3 Sessions $210 (Reg. $225)

Inner space is the key to peace.
Because some problems don't get smaller,
but the space around them can increase.

Please email me at to get a Gift Certificate in either PDF or paper form. 

      My Re-Opened SF Rolfing Office       

As most of you know, I just returned to the Bay Area after 3 years living abroad. I've re-opened my Rolfing practice in Downtown San Francisco. Currently I'm working Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays. Here's my address :

220 Bush St #1084

5 minutes from Montgomery BART

Happy Holidays!
I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Certified Advanced Rolfer

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Back Pain: S-Curves, J-Curves, and Childhood Nutrition

A naked woman walking. Notice the S-curve of the spine.
Collotype after Eadward Muybridge, 1887. wikimedia commons

In the past few days, I've been seeing NPR's report on Esther Gokhale's work on spinal curves appear on my newsfeed. Gokhale traveled the world to study societies that don't suffer from back pain and discovered that these peoples have a J-curve of the spine, rather than the assumed "healthy" S-curve that we in western, back-pain plagued cultures know.

I have my own theory about this: Unnatural early childhood nutrition causes the prevalence of S-curved spines in developed countries. Some of you know that I've been obsessing about teeth lately, and here I see the connection.