- Order and Disorder
- The Whole Point
- Two Fundamentals of Rolfing
- A Note on the Nervous System
- The Series
Gravity was a constant during our evolution as a species—and during our lifetimes, our bodies are always responding to its pull.
That response is essential to the structure of our bodies. From the cellular level on up, the body orders itself with respect to the reliable, ubiquitous pull of gravity.
Working at a desk or on a roof all day; carrying a baby; old injuries; all our habits of moving, standing and sitting—everything our bodies contend with affects their integrity, their organization.
In other words, anything we deal with can either support our organization or contribute to the disordering of the body. And the sign of good organization is that there's a direct, easy transmission of weight and force through the body, when each part of our structure is integrated with the whole, and the whole with the field of gravity.
Working with the body as a living, adaptable structure in constant relationship to gravity gives Rolfers a very powerful framework for dealing with many of the familiar hopes and complaints that people have for their bodies. Rolfers see and work with pattern in the body—patterns of ease, effort and strain that show how the body is organized. And these patterns are found in the fascia.