Links to Additional
More Information About Rolfing® Structural Integration:
My school, and a great resource for information about Rolfing® Structural Integration. Search
here for Rolfers in any state or country.
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:
Sitting Article by Mary Bond: Easy-to-read
information on how to sit. 13-page PDF.
Photos show genetic variations in bone structure, explaining why people
have different body pattern tendencies, including degree of spinal
curves and hip flexibility.
- Hendricks.com: Heart-centered
wisdom for emotional growth and healthy relationships. Free material on
the website, books at the library or Powell's, and workshops offered
- 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:
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.
Ki Society: Ki and Aikido Training (Northeast Sandy Blvd. and Tigard locations).
- Equine Natural
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.
Foot & Ankle: Podiatrist
Ray McClanahan's holistic advice about choosing shoes
and treating foot
problems, especially for runners, walkers, and hikers. (NW
- 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.
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.
Running Study: Compared running in bare feet vs. athletic
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
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
by Peggy Brill PT, Gerald Secor Couzens. A program you can follow to
maintain myofascial strength
balance. Written for women but works for men
Free For Women
by Pete Egoscue. Another solid resource for exercises that
change alignment. Targeted for women but has better photos than the non-gendered version.
for Scoliosis by Elise
Browning Miller. Presents poses for scoliosis, information on
scoliosis, describes benefits of yoga for scoliosis, and how to adapt
each pose for your specific pattern. Video.
Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the
Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being by Ida
P. Rolf, Ron Thompson.
If you want to
learn about Rolfing from the master, this is the source. But it's not an easy read.
- Waking the Tiger
how your nervous system responds to danger, and why people sometimes
get caught in that cycle even after a traumatic event has passed. I
an Unspoken Voice and Trauma-proofing
your Kids by the same author, who was originally trained as a
- 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 plenty of free material at their
- 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.
Traditions by Dr.
Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. Focuses on vegetables, meat,
dairy, good quality fats, and fermented or cultured
foods, and includes recipes.
- Primal Body,
by Nora Gedguadas, a local nutritionist. A perspective on dietary fats,
protein, and carbohydrates, plus cholesterol and nutritional
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,