Ida Thought So: The Blog of London Rolfing

Give the Unexpected Gift of Rolfing

Stuck for a Valentine's, Mother's Day or birthday present? Why not give the gift of Rolfing? They won't be expecting it, and they won't forget it, either. My sessions of Rolfing take place at the Kailash Centre in St John's Wood, London (take a look at my treatment...

Rolfing in the time of Covid-19

One of the hallmarks of the Rolfing experience is improved adaptability. Whilst we continue to live with the Covid-19 pandemic, Rolfing is going to have to adapt to new ways of working to keep everyone safe, including online movement education and embodiment coaching.

London Shaking: Introducing TRE

I know, I know: I’m slow on the blogging front, but it’s been a busy year, in which I’ve moved house, spent over a month in Germany, travelled to Australia, and met Janet Street-Porter (not in that order). As a result I’ve entirely neglected to mention that I achieved...

Beginning from where you are

New Year is a time for new beginning. But where to begin? The composer John Cage wrote: ‘Begin anywhere’. If you’re feeling a little the worse for wear this New Year’s Day, it’s fine to begin from where you are. Happy New Year!

Give The Gift of Rolfing

For that person in your life who has exhausted all your gift-giving options, a single session of Rolfing in London or Luton might be just the ticket. This year, I’m offering Rolfing gift sessions to purchase for a friend or a loved one. Or, y’know, for yourself, if someone is asking you what you would like this Christmas.

More and Better Information in a World of Fake News

2016 has been a dumbfounding year. In a world of ‘fake news’, what we need is more and better information for our minds and our bodies. In a second hour of Rolfing, we work on the feet to improve the transmission of good information from feet to head. Warning: TIGERS!

Finding the Sky and the Ground: How we orient ourselves to the world

We all have different ways of orienting ourselves to the ground and the sky. If you’ve met me, you’ll know that I’m a small, speccy kind of woman and may imagine that I was a correspondingly small, speccy, studious kind of child not much given to athletic prowess. The day that my sports teacher suddenly introduced volleyball into our games session was not a day of glory for me.

The Therapeutic Pause: On Completion

A few weeks ago I handed over three bound copies of my doctoral thesis to an administrator at the University of Sussex. It’s done. To all of my clients who patiently put up with me in those final weeks of thesis writing: thank you. I am now back at full strength, offering my full range of appointment times (typically Monday-Saturday in London, and Sundays in Luton), and beginning to make exciting plans for the future of London Rolfing.

Why Rolfing Is Like Jazz

A rose is a rose is a rose, as Gertrude Stein once wrote, but that doesn’t mean all roses are identical: finding the spirit of the session within the protocol of the session is different with every client.

Rolfing on the Jeremy Vine Show

This week, in hot UK Rolfing news, we received unexpected airtime on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, and a ringing endorsement from a caller to the programme who had received Rolfing sessions to help her with sciatica.

Rolfing Is Really Strange: The Causes of Chronic Pain

We need to think (again) about pain. Steve Haines’ new book, Pain is Really Strange, digests the latest findings in pain research, with surprising implications for how we manage long-term pain conditions. Chronic pain, it turns out, is really strange: it’s an unreliable indicator of tissue damage, and can result from sensitisation at the site of a previous injury. In most cases, Haines contends, it is a ‘mistake, a fault in the [body’s] alarm systems’.

Happy Birthday, Ida Rolf.

Today – 19 May – is Ida Rolf’s birthday. Born in 1896 in the Bronx, Ida Rolf is the inventor of Rolfing and the founder of two schools, the Rolf Institute and the Guild for Structural Integration. Her legacy is profound. So let’s raise a toast to Ida on her birthday.

Rolfing and Running

Can Rolfing help you become a better runner and recover more quickly from running injuries? Absolutely. When it comes to running, Rolfing has taught me a number of things. More than anything else, it has taught me to pay close attention to the way I move and hold my body, to notice my patterns of tension and to begin to analyse my own running style.

The First Hour

‘One discovers by breathing that one had stopped breathing. One only discovers one’s stopped breath when one takes the next breath’ (Hélène Cixous).

Life begins on an inhalation. The Rolfing ten series underscores the importance of breathing by making it our theme of enquiry during the first hour of work.

London Rolfing Clinic opens in Bloomsbury at Atelier Tammam!

The London Rolfing Clinic opens September 2014 at the beautiful Atelier Tammam in Bloomsbury. An elegant and spacious venue, the Atelier is a short walk away from King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston Stations, and offers an ideal setting in which to receive the Rolfing ten series.

Can Rolfing Make You Look Slimmer?

Rolfing can help you look slimmer as well as create the best conditions for your body to lose weight naturally. But more importantly than either of these, Rolfing can help you feel better in the body you’re in.

Why Rolfing is not about Deportment

There’s no question that Rolfers are very concerned with posture. But for a certain generation, the P-word gives way to the D-word: deportment. And that leads us into murkier waters.

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