Rolfing Los Angeles: Session Two
So it has been 12 days since my first Rolfing session in sunny beautiful LA. I feel so great the Rolfing has stayed with me on like when I go to get a massage and I feel great while am getting in and maybe an hour or two afterwards but then by the next day it’s as if I never even went.
The second Rolfing session centers around the legs and, especially, the feet. Working on the foundation of the body. It’s about balance and equilibrium. Order and support in legs and pelvic girdle precede order in the core.
So the second Rolfing session was all about my lower body specifically my calves and feet. Now keep in mind that rolfer is will adjust the intensity specifically to the individual and also keep in mind that I told Al (my Los Angeles rolfer) that I love hard pressured intense massages and that he can Rolf me as hard as he once — ha ha that sounds pretty funny typing out but again it’s the reason why went to have Rolfing done.
Well let me tell you everyone, be careful what you wish for!
My calves felt like the muscles were being separated. If you ever looked at a poster of the human body you’ll see that the Muscle has two muscles side-by-side with with spacing between. During my second Rolfing session I’ve literally felt those two muscles separate open and begin to release.
While working on my legs Al asked if I ever played soccer as a kid. Why yes I said in fact I played all the way up until college, why do you ask. He said that many athletes carry tension in parts of their body but because they’re so used to attention they don’t even realize how constricted the muscles have become.
Apparently I carry lot of tension in my lower body and especially my feet…
And speaking of the he must suspense at least 20 minutes on each foot. I guess if you want to get a foot massage they would spend the same time but unlike a foot massage where they’re simply doing long strokes and slight pressure on the balls of the feet the arch and the heel, Rolfing releases the muscle fascia and all the itty bitty muscles and bones and ligaments.
Yes. It was a little intense even for me I was reluctant to mention that because it might discourage someone from getting Rolfing work done but I wanted these posts of my experiences to be as true and detailed as possible to help make your decision.
So with that said it was a little intense but only for a short moment and after that short moments something pretty interesting happens. The muscle begins to relax it almost gives up struggling and just goes with the movement. I’m not talking about it relaxes and feels good when the rolfer’s hands are removed (like so many of us experience when you get a massage me hold the muscle that deep pressure and then when they released her hands the most releases). I’m talking about while the rolfer was working on a specific part of the body and holding it there for any extended period time the muscle and the mind kind of give in to the newfound freedom.
When the session was complete and I stood up for the first time my entire body felt lighter! Every time you step at a awesome jolts rushed through the bottom of my feet atop my head. This lasted for a few days and even when that jolt was gone my feet and calves continue to stay open.
Two nights later I decided to do some stretching and I noticed that I could do a downward dog for the first time with my heels not being lifted off the floor.
I may have been practicing yoga in and out for eight years now and I’ve never been able to do that even with consistent practice.
Stay tuned for my third session posting in exactly 7 days from now