Links to Additional Resources

More Information About Rolfing® Structural Integration:

  • The Rolf Institute: My school, and a great resource for information about Rolfing® Structural Integration. Search here for Rolfers in any state or country.
  • International Association of Structural Integrators: Professional organization that sets standards for the field of Structural Integration. Maintains a directory of practitioners.
  • Videos of Rolf Movement Exercises: Enhance your awareness while performing gentle movements to retrain your brain's ideas of how to move. Each session in the series has several short videos, but you don't need to receive the Rolfing series to benefit from these movements.

General Health Information:

  • Smart Sitting Article by Mary Bond: Easy-to-read information on how to sit. 13-page PDF.
  • Bones: Photos show genetic variations in bone structure, explaining why people have different body pattern tendencies, including degree of spinal curves and hip flexibility.
  • Heart-centered wisdom for emotional growth and healthy relationships. Free material on the website, books at the library or Powell's, and workshops offered nationally.
  • Pain Science: Easy-to-follow slideshow talks you through how the brain and the body deal with pain, and how we can use simple tricks to speed healing and break the chronic pain cycle.

Portland Resources for Fitness:

  • Portland Hikers' Field Guide: Searchable hiking guide to the Columbia Gorge and nearby areas.
  • DAYA Foundation: My favorite local yoga studio  – a perfect aid for your Rolfing process (SW Corbett). Slow, structurally appropriate, with an emphasis on building awareness. Also, it's a non-profit, offering classes for people with various health challenges.
  • Oregon Ki Society: Ki and Aikido Training (Northeast Sandy Blvd. and Tigard locations).
  • Equine Natural Movement: Learn to do structural bodywork on your horse, or locate an equine practitioner locally or nationally. This is Structural Integration for horses! (Battleground, WA)

Resources for Healthy Feet and Shoes:

  • Pie Footwear (NE Alberta): my favorite store for minimalist shoes (wide toe, flexible flat soles).
  • Minimalist Mondays: Free videos on warm-ups and techniques for safe running. Focuses on minimal shoes, or barefoot, but helpful for all runners.
  • Northwest Foot & Ankle: Podiatrist Ray McClanahan's holistic advice about choosing shoes and treating foot problems, especially for runners, walkers, and hikers. (NW Portland) 
  • Born to Run: Book by Christopher McDougall. An engaging story of tribe in Mexico who are ultrarunners, using nothing but a handmade sandle for 3-day races. Compelling argument against modern running shoes.  Very complimentary to the material I teach in the Shoe Clinic.
  • Anatomy for Runners: Book by Jay Dicharry PT. Scientific yet easy-to-understand explanations of foot health, shoe performance, and holistic strengthening to make running safe and healthy. Great color pictures yet not expensive. 
  • Barefoot Walking Study: Shows that barefoot walking results in less weight load into the knee, and therefore a decreased risk of osteoarthritis.  Danskos and motion-controlling athletic shoes performed badly, while minimalistic shoes performed almost as well as bare feet.
  • Barefoot Running Study: Compared running in bare feet vs. athletic shoes.  Synopsis and video. 

Recommended Books:

  • The New Rules of Posture by Mary Bond, Certified Advanced Rolfer. This is the “user’s guide to the body,” offering down-to-earth descriptions of good body usage for daily tasks such as driving, typing, and reaching up to change a lightbulb. The posture and sitting classes I teach are based on this book.
  • Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation by Anita Boser, Hellerwork Practitioner. Simple movements that you can do daily to maintain or recapture youthfulness, fluidity, and comfort in your body.
  • The Core Program by Peggy Brill PT. A program you can safely follow at home to maintain myofascial strength and balance. Written for women but works for men as well.
  • Pain Free For Women by Pete Egoscue. Another solid resource for safe exercises that improve alignment over time. Targeted for women but has better photos than the non-gendered version. 
  • Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being by Ida P. Rolf. If you want to learn about Rolfing from the master, this is the source. But it's not an easy read.
  • Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine. Learn how your nervous system responds to danger, and why people sometimes get caught in that cycle even after a traumatic event has passed. I also recommend In an Unspoken Voice and Trauma-proofing your Kids by the same author, who was originally trained as a Rolfer.
  • Conscious Loving by Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks. Personal growth and relationship skills based on learning to feel your emotions in your body. Lots of other great books by this couple, as well as life-changing workshops and free materials on their website. 
  • Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck. A wise but sometimes humerous approach to learning to trust yourself to hear the wisdom that your inner self can offer, for career, love, etc.
  • Nourishing Traditions by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. Focuses on vegetables, meat, healthy dairy, good quality fats, and fermented or cultured foods, and includes recipes.
  • Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedguadas, a local nutritionist. A perspective on dietary fats, protein, and carbohydrates, plus cholesterol and nutritional supplements. The author advocates a version of the carb-free"paleo" diet but much of her advice is relevant for omnivores.
For links to articles about Rolfing, and to see research about Rolfing, see Press.