Age is definitely not a number. And while wrinkles may be a sign of advancing years, it’s the signs of ‘structural ageing’ that create the real problems.
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.
‘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.