Links to Additional
More Information About Rolfing® and 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.
- "Rolf Movement" Videos:
These gentle exercises pair with each session in the series to help you
integrate the work. You may do them prior to the session as well as
after each session, and it's also fine to go through the Rolfing
process without using them - it's just for those who want more!
General Health Information:
- Tame the Beast : Science-informed approach to persistant pain. Great animated 5 min video.
- Retrain Pain:
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.
Sitting Article by Mary Bond: Easy-to-read
information on how to sit. 13-page PDF.
- Sitting Article from NPR: Short stop-motion videos show how to make a chair more comfortable.
Photos show genetic variations in bone structure, explaining why people
have different body pattern tendencies, including degree of spinal
curves and hip flexibility.
Portland Resources for Fitness:
- Flying Tortoise Academy:
Kung Fu, BaGua, TaiChi, and Capoeira classes by video and
live-in-the-park (SE). Learn whole-body coordination (no fighting
- Yoga Union, Yoga Refuge, DAYA Foundation: My favorite local yoga studios are now offering online classes – a perfect aid for your Rolfing
process. Slow, structurally appropriate, with an emphasis
on building awareness.
Classes with Todd Jackson don't require "advanced" level of yoga ability but geeky curiosity about anatomy and movement is necessary!
Aikido training will teach you how to "coordinate mind and body"
including using "one-point" as your center of gravity for improved
balance and mental focus. At the same time, you will feel yourself
connected to the entire universe. Softening the ego to focus on
universal connection is incredibly beneficial for the nervous system.
Hikers' Field Guide: Searchable hiking guide
to the Columbia Gorge and nearby areas.
- Move Better Chiropractic, top-notch movement training,
bodywork, and chiropractic adjustment (SE 18th & Hawthorne,
Meta teaching clinic is a low cost option, great for those without insurance. I love their approach.
Search for Portland therapists including by insurance coverage.
Some therapists I like:
therapy and workshops for sexual health and sexual trauma
Sarah Eckstein, Clinical Pyschologist, warm yet practical help for a variety of issues
- Equine Natural
Learn to do Structural Integration on horses! Or locate an Equine Structural Integration
practitioner locally or nationally. (Battleground, WA)
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
Free For Women
by Pete Egoscue, PT. A solid resource for safe exercises that improve
alignment over time. Targeted for women but has better photos than the
Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the
Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being by Ida
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.
wisdom for emotional growth and healthy relationships. Learn 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
- Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck. A
wise and sometimes humorous approach to learning to trust yourself to
hear the wisdom that your inner self can offer, for career, love, etc.
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. All about healing from trauma.
Traditions by Dr.
Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. Focuses on vegetables, humanely raised meat (and organs),
good quality fats, and cultured
foods. 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 her advice is quite relevant for omnivores too.
For links to articles about Rolfing, and to see research about Rolfing,