The other day I was helping my dog, who is 14, up onto my bed. She had her front legs up there, but I had to hoist her back end up. As soon as I did it, I felt it. Uh oh. The vague twinge in my right low back. I should’ve been more careful. But there it was: my body objecting to the rotation and bending that so often precedes a bout of low back pain. After icing and […]read more
My Aching Back!
What is Rolfing®SI? How Does it Work?
What is Rolfing® Structural Integration? How Does it Work? Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D., Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of manual therapy that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves […]read more
Ida rather P. Rolfing!
Who “Invented” Rolfing®? “Rolfing”—a.k.a. “Structural Integration”—is a system of whole-body alignment and organization of musculoskeletal structure developed by Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D Ida. P. Rolf was a pioneer. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1896, she received her doctorate in bio chemistry from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1920. She was, to say the least, one of few women at that time pursuing advanced education. For 12 years after Columbia University, Dr. Rolf […]read more
About Lynn Cohen
Almost all of my clients, at one point or another, ask me how I came to be a Certified Advanced Rolfer™. “What got you interested in this work?” they ask. The real answer is complicated and long, and sometimes I shorten it, depending on how much I sense they want to know. What I usually do not reveal on the first or second meeting: If someone had told me, ten years ago, that I would be spending my life touching […]read more
(re) Introducing Rolfworks!
Rolfworks Los Angeles is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year! It’s hard to believe how quickly these past five years have flown by. From its inception in July of 2008, and from the first days of introducing the company, We have seen hundreds of people through the Rolfing® 10-series. With each “emerging,” We have marveled at the wisdom inherent in the work. We can honestly say we learned valuable lessons from every single client, and we feel so honored to […]read more
Great article on Rolfing
Rolfing: No Longer a Fringe Therapy A long-ignored treatment for chronic pain goes mainstream By Rett Fisher September 5, 2012 RSS Feed Print After eight years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang, the principal viola, says he “couldn’t really play more than 10 minutes without severe pain.” Doctors diagnosed an overgrown muscle in his right hand, but neither massage nor ultrasound provided relief. A colleague recommended that Chang try an alternative therapy known as Rolfing. After the fifth or sixth […]read more
Consulting your Gut
Greetings to my clients, colleagues and friends, I just returned from a 4-day workshop on “Visceral Manipulation of the Abdomen.” ‘My, how thrilling,’ you say? It was! While I knew that the abdomen was more than the soft place between ribs and pelvis, I had no idea how elegant, intricate, and interconnected our viscera are to the rest of our musculoskeletal functioning (let alone to our endocrine and neurological functioning)! How, for example, a restriction in the mobility of the […]read more
Rolfworks Newsletter An Informational Missive April, 2010 Balance I spent last weekend in a consummate L.A. way: at a film shoot. My friend/mentor, Mary Bond, is making an instructional DVD to accompany her book, “The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand and Move.” Cast and crew spent three days together in a gorgeous old Spanish house with terra cotta tile floors, cathedral ceilings, arched doorways, and a bricked courtyard with fountains. For twelve hours a day, we shot […]read more
Learning to Breathe, Breathing to Live
The recent rains in Southern California have left the Los Angeles air clean and smelling like eucalyptus, and I’ve been taking full advantage, inhaling the (relatively) fresh air as much as I can, hiking with my dogs in Elysian park. But I’ve begun to notice that, lately, I’m yawning and sighing a lot. I yawn even as I write this. It’s not because I’m tired–I slept plenty. But I find myself frequently craving a deep, consummate breath–and getting one–on a […]read more