What does it mean, to have grace in gravity? Perhaps it all starts with awareness. Both Rolfing and Yoga are practices that build awareness, including that of our physicality. Over time this consciousness expands into an embodied experience and what that means in the context of the world we live in.
Yoga and Rolfing are different methods for exploring and finding ease in the world. Both are pathways to understanding the mind-body relationship, yet each promote building awareness of our intentions and actions in their own unique way. We all have the opportunity to make positive choices in our life. One of the challenges is in identifying habit patterns that do not contribute to our overall well being, and then having the courage and adaptability to change.
Yoga asana builds an awareness of how we relate to ourselves, other beings and the outside world. The Jivamukti method in particular emphasizes a path towards enlightenment; a path to bliss. This joyfilled state begins with ahimsa (non harming) and highlights how our thoughts, words and actions play a role in attaining long-term, sustainable happiness. This includes choices we make as consumers, such as how we fuel our body and mind. The more we become aware of the connection between all beings, the more we can understand the importance of being kind, and not doing those other beings harm. Eventually, these practices lead to seeing our self in all, and this is yoga.
Rolfing is a process of freeing the body of the physical and emotional pulls that build up in the soft tissue of the body over time. The practice of Rolfing is interested in the relationship of the physical body with gravity. The gravitational pull to the earth affects how we move in space; however, we can also think of how we relate to others as a ‘gravity’, also affecting our movements and physicality. For example, a child with a dysfunctional relationship to a parent or sibling may result in pulling towards them (or away from them) enough times that a scoliosis develops. Similarly, sleeping on the same side of the bed turned in one direction for 10 years may result in a twisting pattern in the neck. Repetitive movements, habit patterns and trauma may all result in how the body holds its shape in space. The Rolfing practitioner works to understand these sometimes complex patterns in the body, and then moves through densely held tissues with their fingers, hands and forearms. During these sessions, a re-education process coincides with bodywork, resulting in less tension and more ease in every day life.
Once you take the first step, which is making the decision to show up and to be open to the journey, you will likely discover a new, vibrant and wonderful place of ease in the body and mind. These are practices of transformation.