Imagine the body as a stack of segmented blocks: head, shoulders, thorax, pelvis, and legs. When these blocks are aligned correctly, a straight line can be drawn, beginning from the top of the head, which will touch the ear, shoulder, pelvis, leg, and ankle. In this optimal vertical alignment, gravity will work to support the body. This is because the weight of each “block“ is close to a common, central (vertical) axis. Hence, each block “rests” on the one below it. In such a “resting” state, our bodies use far less energy to move.
In a body that is out of alignment, however each of the “blocks” does not rest on the one below it. For example, when a person habitually hangs his head, the force of gravity reinforces this downward trend. If it weren’t for the muscles in the back of the neck that initially compensate for this condition, that person would always look as if he were about to fall over.”- Robert Toporek
Children benefit from Rolfing just as much as we do, if not more. The first trauma in life is birth. Then baby starts to bear weight on her legs and arms, lift her head…. As soon as we’re born we start creating tensions in our bodies. And for millions of reasons some babies just don’t develop quite normally. The sooner you can help a child stack her own blocks, the better.
Robert Toporek is an advanced Rolfer™ who has worked extensively with kids and produced this great videos back in the 80’s: The promise of rolfing children.
It is about 30 minute long but if you want quick visual examples go to Asher (at 11:30 min) or Nicole (20:00min).
Parents report physical improvements as well as behavioral and emotional improvements in most of the children. Ida Rolf used to say something to the effect of : “I work on bodies because that’s what I can put my hands on”, but knowing fully that her impact was much deeper.
I offer a limited number of FREE 30 minute sessions for children (0 to 12) because I believe in the importance of body work for children.
I also do paying sessions for children of all ages of course. But if you know an older child who needs Rolfing but who can’t really afford it, let’s talk about it.