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Rolfing, developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf


Rolfing - Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D

The name “Rolfing” was derived from the founder of the therapy Dr. Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979) of New York. Dr. Rolf had a Ph.D in biological chemistry and, while still young, she became an Associate at the Rockefeller Institute, studying mathematics and atomic physics in Zurich, and homeopathic medicine in Geneva.


Fundamentally, Rolfing consists of some basic concepts about human structure:

  • Most human beings are significantly out of alignment with gravity.
  • People function better when they are lined up with the gravitational field of the earth.
  • The human body is so plastic that its alignment can be brought into harmony with gravity at practically any time of life.

Structural Integration is the key to Rolfing as it breaks down a build up of unwanted tissue/facia that is developed by the body to compensate for posture that is out of the natural line of gravity, creating support for the resulting unnatural posture. In time, the neuromuscular system recognises this un-natural position as normal and natural. The aim of Rolfing is to re-educate the body in order for it to regain its natural/proper alignment in relation to gravity, in other words regaining its structural integration.


What Structural Integration does:

  • Releases the body from lifelong patterns of tension.
  • Relieves chronic strain and allows the muscles to be more efficient.
  • Relieves back, neck and joint pain.
  • Realigns and balances the body in gravity.
  • Improves posture.
  • Increasea vitality.

As a result of Rolfing, the thickened and toughened tissues become soft, re-hydrated and more pliable. This enables structural integration, changes the body’s patterns, organising the imbalances in the tissue and shifts the weight and balance of the body more evenly. This gives the muscles the ability to relax and loosen, creating a more upright and balanced posture with greater flexibility, range of motion and ease in movement.

Dr. Rolf developed many different techniques to release immobilized joints increasing mobility and stability. Rolfing works with the deep myofascial structures. These structures are loose connective strong tissue that often contain fat and covers all muscles. Rolfing use gentle hands-on techniques but often, due to the build up of different types of fascia, some people may experience some discomfort during the treatment.

The aim of Rolfing is to educate each patient about their body, making them aware of their responsibility to maintain optimal function. The key to optimal function is alignment and once the patient starts to understand the structural integrity of the human body and experience the health benefits that result it is harder to return to old habits.


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Rolfing method being applied.

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Ian Edwards, Stonehaven, Scotland

The Rolfing Space, London & Brighton



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What Is Sound Healing by Simon Heather

Sound Healing

Sound healing is a natural way to treat pain and illness. Sound healing is simple to use and has no harmful side effects. Recent scientific research has shown that certain sound frequencies help to heal the body and speed up it’s natural healing processes.

Sound healing is one of the oldest forms of healing known to man. Sound healing was used by the ancient civilisations of China, Egypt, Greece and India. In the Bible it says that David played his harp to lift King Saul’s depression. Handel wrote his ‘Water Music’ to help King George’s problems of memory loss and depression.

What Does It Involve?
Vocal Expression – Toning, Singing, Chanting, Laughing.
Using Instruments – Crystal Bowls, Drums, Gongs, Tibetan Bowls, Tuning Forks etc.
Sound Healing Therapy – Receiving a sound healing treatment from a sound healer/therapist.
Self Healing – Using sound healing exercises for self healing.
Music – The use of music to relax, to reduce pain or assist before surgery.

How Does it Work?
Sound healing works due to the principles of – Resonance, Entrainment and Intention. Sound healing also works through Rhythm, Harmonics, Musical Intervals, Prayer and Mantras

Resonance – Hospital doctors now use sound waves to break up kidney stones and gallstones. Ultrasound is also used to destroy many different types of tumours.

Infra-sound is now used to decrease pain, reduce swelling and inflammation and accelerate healing at a cellular level. Research has shown that healthy cells in our body enjoy the vibration of sound while cancer cells are broken up.

Entrainment – The powerful rhythmic vibrations from one source will cause less powerful vibrations of another source to lock into the vibration of the first source. If we create a positive harmonious sound over another person, their body will lock onto that sound and come back into balance.

Intention – We can see the principle of intention at work when a mother sings her baby to sleep. In a Sound Healing treatment, the sound carries our healing intention to the person receiving treatment.

Rhythm – We know how the rhythm of certain music make us want to dance. Listening to slow music like ‘Pachabel’s Cannon’ at 64 beats a minute quickly slows down our heartbeat and our breathing. Each rhythm has a different effect on the body.

Harmonics – All natural sounds contain harmonics, as does all music (except electronic music). When we hear music that is rich in harmonics, like Gregorian Chant or Indian classical music it induces in us an altered state of consciousness and changes our brain patterns.

Musical Intervals – If we sing or play two different notes we create a musical interval. Each musical interval creates a different mathematical ratio and will have a different effect on our body, emotions and mind.

Prayers and Mantras – Repeating prayers and mantras has a calming effect on the mind and helps the person focus on positive energies rather than worrying about their problems.

Scientific Research
Hospitals are now using harpists to calm patients on the operating table after research found that the instrument eased pain, lowed heart rates and decreased blood pressure. Research found that the sounds emitted by the plucked strings affect the body’s nervous system.

At the Department of Coronary Care at St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, music is used to help critical care patients to get well faster. In a study of 59,000 patients, 97% of them stated that music helped them to relax before operations and during surgery with local anaesthesia.

Sound healing CDs are now widely used in Germany and Eastern Europe. Patients report a reduction in headaches, better sleep patterns, improved memory and concentration.

Research published in the Journal of Music Therapy found that listening to certain types of music increases the body’s production of immune-boosting hormones and decreases the level of the stress related hormone cortisol.

A research project carried out at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada found that sound healing led to a change from negative to more positive thought patterns and to the relief of pain. People receiving sound healing reported that they felt relaxed and calm afterwards.

A Sound Healing Treatment

A sound healing treatment will last for around one hour. In the treatment you will lie on a therapy couch while the practitioner sounds over you. The practitioner will use their voice as well as musical instruments such as crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, gongs or tuning forks. Most people feel deeply relaxed after a sound healing treatment. Sound healing treats the mind, body and spirit.

Most conditions will respond to sound healing. We will generally not treat people with Epilepsy, Ménière’s Disease and woman in the first three months of pregnancy.

Simon Heather is the Principal of the College of Sound Healing.

Web site – http://www.simonheather.co.uk


e-mail – simonheather@onetel.com

Qigong for Chronic Lower Back Pain

Qigong for Chronic Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a symptom that can have a multitude of causes.  Any, gentle, exercise where the muscles are being relaxed and toned and the vertebrae are being manipulated tend to be good for alleviating back pain.  Using simple exercises, Qigong for chronic lower back pain, can speed up recovery  and continued practice maintains mobility flexibility and strength.

For example, one Qigong exercise that can be done (both standing and seated) is from the set known as the Shibashi.  It is easy to learn and you only need to do 6 to 8 repetitions on a daily basis to gain the benefits.  It is not an instant cure, it will take time and that time is dependent on the current pain levels and mobility.

This is the seated variation of “Rowing the Boat”.


Sitting, upright, on a firm chair (dining chair, etc) with the visualisation that your head is suspended by a single thread, from the crown. The arms hang, loosely, at the sides and the feet are placed flat on the floor.  The speed of the movement is guided by your speed of breathing…………. try to relax and take your time.

Qigong for chronic lower back pain



On inhalation, bring both hands above the head (as though surrendering) and gently curl the fingers as though you were holding the oars of a boat.




Qigong for chronic lower back pain


As you exhale, bend the body forward at the waist, letting the chest drop onto the thighs, circling the arms forward and down.  As the arms swing to their lowest point, let the head hang down (this will increase the gentle stretch on the lower back).  Finally swing the arms to the rear.



On inhalation, continue swinging the arms back, to your comfortable limit, and slowly straighten up (uncurling from the lower back,  keeping the chin gently tucked in until the body is upright), and raise the arms above the head, opening the hands and turning the palms forward.


Remember to uncurl from the lower back, keeping the head hanging forward with the chin tucked in.  Repeat six to eight times.

A, simple, guided meditation

A, simple, guided meditation

I have used this guided meditation with many of my clients who, like many of us, suffer from the daily stress that life can bring.  It is not always possible to take time out (holidays) in order to get away from these stresses but respite can be found, along with increased energy, through simple meditation.

Initially used as a guided meditation,  it is an easy path to follow and soon the guide is no longer required.  A simple exercise that takes up little time yet has amazing results.  It is a real treasure.

  • It is a warm summer day, a perfect day.
  • You are in the terraced garden of large country house where there are people sitting, sunbathing or strolling.
  • It is peaceful and quiet – everyone here has come for a rest and are quietly appreciating the beautiful surroundings and you, like them, are listening to the bird song.
  • As you walk across the lawn you can feel the grass under your bare feet.  It is a comforting feeling.
  • Ahead of you, you see a broad stairway that leads down to the next terrace. There are seven stairs.
  • As you descend each of them you become more relaxed and your breathing becomes deeper and effortless.
  • This terrace is quieter, with fewer people.
  • As you walk across the grass, you become aware of a high wall that has ivy and honeysuckle growing on it.
  • You know this wall well.  It surrounds a secret garden and you have the only key.  It is your garden, your secret place, where you can sit in peace while you relax and recharge your batteries.
  • As you get closer, you can see your secret door.
  • Unlocking and opening the door, you enter a magical space with trees and plants of every kind.
  • The trees provide a canopy of shade with dappled sunlight beaming through.
  • You see your favourite tree and walk over to it, sitting down and resting your back against it.  It is like an old friend who brings feelings of warmth, comfort, and safety.
  • Sitting here, you feel the gentle spots of sunlight that have slipped through between the leaves, gently resting on your skin.
  • Can you feel these small areas of heat?
  • Each of these spots of sunshine contains a smile for you.  A smile that radiates through your whole body.
  • Allow yourself to spend some time here.
  • Feeling rested, you decide to walk deeper into the garden
  • With each step you feel lighter, more at home
  • You become more aware of the scent of the flowers, the colours, the shapes.
  • You hear the birds singing clearer than you have ever heard before.
  • You hear a buzzing and look over to see a honey bee moving from flower to flower.  We often think about busy bees and how they move from plant to plant, working away.  And often we think of ourselves moving through life in the same way, creating aims/goals and struggling to achieve them.  But, look again at the bee.  It is not frantic.  It looks almost aimless as it goes about its work.  It meanders through life but still reaches its goal – it makes honey and honey makes it content………….happy.  The flowers, in themselves, are not goals.  There are points that the bee passes through to achieve its happiness.
  • You hear yourself.  You hear your positive, happy inner thoughts.  Each of these is a treasure to be held on to, to be nurtured.
  • Take your time to explore the garden, yourself and your thoughts.  Feel the energy entering your body, mind and spirit.  Enjoy!
  • It is time to leave your secret garden now.  But it is always here for you and always easy to reach.  Remember, just across the lawn, down the seven steps to the quieter terrace and then a short walk to the door that only has one key.  Your key.
  • You are now leaving the garden, shutting the door behind you, and slowly walking back up the seven stairs that will bring you back into this room.

As you come back into the room, I want you to bring some movement back into your hands and feet by wiggling your fingers and toes.  Then, slowly, open your eyes.

Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Frozen Shoulder  Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu therapy, often used in conjunction with Sotai (post isometric relaxation) has a good success rate in the treatment of frozen shoulder, producing an increase in mobility and reduction of pain.
Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures. 


Using post-isometric relaxation (Sotai) allows the muscles in the forearm to relax while reducing pain, also increasing flexibility and strength.

Allopathic Treatment Options

In moderate cases, symptoms can be reduced through exercise, taking painkillers, and anti-inflammatory drugs. In severe cases, corticosteroid drugs, administered by injection directly into the joint, may be used to relieve pain. Manipulation of the affected joint while under general anaesthetic is also used to try to restore mobility. However, this is not always successful and can lead to an increase in pain. Normally, recovery is slow whatever the severity, and whatever the treatment.

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Here are some of them:

Complementary Treatment Options


Shiatsu has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, assisting the muscles in the forearm to relax while creating a feeling of wellbeing in the receiver. Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.  Shiastu is often used in conjunction with Sotai.


Using post-isometric relaxation (Sotai) allows the muscles in the forearm to relax while reducing pain, also increasing flexibility and strength.


  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) can be helpful for reducing numbness and tingling and support the nervous system.
  • Vitamin B6 can also reduce numbness and tingling.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for reducing inflammation.


  • Ginger, tumeric and bromelain (in pineapple) reduce inflammation.

Allopathic Treatment Options

Carpal tunnel syndrome often disappears without treatment. Resting the affected hand and using a splint, avoiding activities that may aggravate the condition, may alleviate the symptoms. If the symptoms persist, an injection of a corticosteroid drug may be injected under the ligament in the wrist. Ultimately, if all else fails, surgery may be performed to decrease the pressure on the nerve.