Rolfing is a big part of what I do (the clue is in the name of my website, after all), but it’s not the only thing I do. And now that COVID-19 is a thing we have to worry about, it’s worth mentioning the other treatments and ways of working that I offer to my clients:
- Embodiment Coaching
- Rolf Movement
- TRE (tension and trauma releasing exercises)
I can also offer reflexology (including reflexology during pregnancy), or a short form of Rolfing that focuses on the feet (which allows a greater measure of social distancing).
Read on to find out more.
- Embodiment Coaching (aka Rolfing Without Taking Your Clothes Off)
Rolfing has always been something more than a ‘touch therapy’ – that’s why it’s so interesting. And whilst it’s not psychotherapy (let’s be very clear about this), Rolfing has an important relational aspect and analytic quality that creates a space for observing and reflecting on patterns of movement, posture, and behaviour. Would it be cheesy to describe Rolfing as a ‘transformation therapy’? Yes, it would. But it sits in an interesting place between conventional ‘touch’ therapy and clinical ‘talking’ therapy, and ‘transformation’ may be a good word to describe it. And for some people, Rolfing really is chiefly about fixing their dodgy knee or back pain (and that’s fine). But if you are looking for a space to think about – and talk about – your relationship to your body and the embodied aspects of your identity, and aren’t yet ready to plunge into a Ten Series (or want something other than a Ten Series), Embodiment Coaching offers a way to access the skill set and body reading skills of an Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner within a different context. You can talk, and I will listen (non-judgmentally and confidentially).
Embodiment Coaching dials down the ‘touch’ aspect (partially or completely) and dials up the ‘talking’, consciously transformational aspect of Rolfing. We can work together to help you set goals and move forward: with issues such as body confidence in professional and personal settings, feelings of shame and body dysmorphia, public speaking and nerves. I offer Embodiment Coaching sessions in person or online, and we can transition from coaching to including elements of movement and touch work, as necessary. We do not follow a fixed ‘series’ or way of working (in terms of frequency or number of sessions), although I do advise clients to work with me over a number of sessions for sustained impact.
Embodiment coaching may be particularly suitable for people who may feel uncomfortable about physical exposure, and it can be offered online.
- Rolf Movement (aka Shoes-Off, Clothes-On Rolfing)
For the most part I integrate Rolf Movement within my Rolfing sessions. But I can also offer pure movement sessions focused on particular areas such as walking, sitting, and working (working from home or the office, movement to support professional activities such as musicianship, acting, dance, and discipline-specific sports training). Rolf Movement can also be a part of an Embodiment Coaching course.
- TRE – Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (nothing to do with Rolfing)
Based on the work of Dr David Berceli, TRE is a simple but surprisingly powerful practice that draws on the body’s natural ‘tremoring’ mechanism in order to re-regulate and ‘reset’ the nervous system. A number of studies have shown that a regular practice of TRE may be helpful in resolving both the immediate and chronic effects of stress and tension, both from traumatic events and everyday life. TRE is easy to learn in one session (and can then be practised safely by yourself at home), but some clients will benefit from having a number of sessions in order to feel safe to go more deeply into their experience. Recognising that, as in the words of Bessel van der Kolk, the ‘body keeps the score’, TRE focuses on addressing trauma and tension as it has been experienced by the body, and the client is directed to make contact with bodily sensation rather than ‘story’. Again, it is important to be clear that TRE is not a substitute for psychotherapy, but it may be very helpful in conjunction with psychotherapy (I often work with clients who are in a process of trauma-informed therapy). I also sometimes introduce TRE where it can enhance a Ten Series or ‘unstick’ an area of the body that is not yet ready to receive direct Rolfing work. It can also be taught as part of the Embodiment Coaching process.
You can read more about my experience of TRE here.
Ready to book or have questions? See my booking page.