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!
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.
Occasionally, when I’m travelling, I hear an announcement asking whether there is a nurse or doctor among the passengers, able to help someone in medical distress. Cue my partner, elbowing me in the side, suggesting facetiously that I boldly step up to offer some ‘Emergency Rolfing’.
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.
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.