Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

We all live with [in] Gravity. Everybody knows that. Gravity pulls on you. We all know that. It’s an unavoidable fact. Everyone knows that too. When you design any structure, it’s got to be plumb and square. Anyone who designs or constructs buildings knows that.

Yet, for all we know about the force of Gravity for almost everything, insofar as it relates to how our own bodies develop — how things stack up — we are mainly self-taught. Trial and error. Not much direct awareness or conscious engagement .

Rolf Structural Integration balances the body with the gravitational field of the earth. It is a peerless and definitive training for living unstressed, even, level, easily upright. Healthy, strong, good looking, effective.

Balancing the body with Gravity is a lifetime endeavor. It's really an integral part of the life curriculum. Rolf Structural Integration makes it active and consciously participatory.

Problem is that though we get bigger and stronger as we mature, we don't automatically develop structure — how things come to stack up and fit. That is learned. Add in a mix of unresolved accidents and traumas, bad habits, improper instruction, modelling ourselves after significant others who don't exhibit proper structure in their own make up ... we arrive at adulthood with a random mix of imbalances and compensations firmly anchored in our very flesh. Most live in default and below their potential for balance in their bodily stance. Most lived resigned to that's just the way it is.

Good News! Since the body is plastic and adaptive, with knowledgeable guidance we can very easily and gracefully live into the kind of balanced body arrangement which is our birthright. Which is correct and healthy based on Anatomical design and the dictates of Gravity and its Physics.

It's a choice. It does take some doing. Well worth it. Take the step.

If you've read this far and are saying to yourself that you don't need this, nothing's wrong ... please note well. Rolf Structural Integration is not for when something is wrong. It's for the average healthy person who wants to up their game in terms of productivity, enjoyment, athletics, or performing arts. When "something happens" that is for your choice of therapist to address the problematic symptom. Balancing the body may have many positive health effects toward relieving symptoms of chronic pain and stress. More, it's a stand alone goal the benefits of which you can imagine if you take a few moments and consider how bodily balance is a master key to unlocking full potential and creative expressiveness.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Dharma of Gravity

Dharma is a vast subject. What exactly is it? In Buddhism it means, "Cosmic Law and Order". Also, the teaching of the Buddha about the way of things. 

The Dharma upholds us. We uphold the Dharma. Buddhist or not, Mother Nature rules. The sun starts to shine at dawn. Rain falls. Gravity ... pulls.

At a turning point in my life I got in touch with the simple fact that I was not paying attention to "The Way of Things", to my True Life needs. I was neglecting my spiritual life. I hated my job as an advertising executive. I wasn't taking care of my health. Things changed rather suddenly and abruptly. Not the least being a divorce and that heartbreak. 

Around that time I had tremendous success with my own Rolf Structural Integration treatments. It helped resolve lower back pain. And, I discovered how my body could change to be more graceful, powerful, and effortlessly upright. I chose that profession to support a way of life which contributed in a tangible human way; one grounded in reality. 

Structural Integration trains individuals to have an efficient and workable arrangement in the makeup of their bodies. 

That's where Gravity comes in.

Structural Integration was originated by Dr. Ida P. Rolf with the aim to educate human beings into a constructive and healthful relationship with that prime ecological fact — the constant and ever present pull of Gravity.

In a very real sense the force of Gravity is an item of Dharma. It is the Law. Ignorance is not an excuse. Ignore it at your peril. It will pull you down if you're not paying attention. Or, you're not in balance.

It's always there. It goes unnoticed as such. We take it for granted. Unless you want to go to the Moon, or you drop your groceries. Unnoticed or not, we do have to deal with it. Even a child learning to stack blocks is in a learning relationship to Gravity; albeit, it is a non-verbal process.

Dr. Rolf spoke eloquently. It sticks with me something she said, "Consign you body to Gravity". I take her to be saying, trust the force of Gravity. Trust enough in fact that when your body is stacked up in balance, you can see your way to letting go. Then, Gravity will heal you and support you. In a very real sense, the entire profession of Structural Integration is a project to demonstrate what it would look like to see humans correctly organized in their relationship to Gravity.

And, what I know of spiritual matters, a central point of the Dharma is letting go. Surrendering to what is. 

Oh, yes ... key point. Dr. Rolf had the genius to observe the obvious. Humans are not truly upright. In terms of the Anatomical design of their bodies. In terms of Basic Physics and what it takes in simple spatial terms to deal properly with the pull of Gravity. You can see for yourself. Most individuals live short of their easy natural potential for balanced order in their bodies. 

Quoting Dr. Rolf, "Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening environment. Those over forty may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: they are off balance, they are at war with gravity."

In order to balance your body with Gravity you have to think in architectural terms. Just what is it about the body — which, by the way, is just like any other physical structure on Earth — that needs to be there to work with Gravity. Work so well, in fact, that you could just surrender it to Gravity, and ... find yourself supported. Most of us would assume that if you let go you would fall down in a heap. And, for most of us, you would be right.

In order to "consign" your body to Gravity you need to see to it that it is arranged in alignment according to the dictates of Gravity. In the design and construction of buildings it's called Plumb and Square. At their very center physical structures need to be stacked up neatly in a straight line, all even and level. No less so with your body.

From that balanced position you can give your body over to Gravity. Why would anyone want to do that? Well, it is normal according to the basic design of the human body. So, it's healthy. Also, it's a platform for top performance. Full creative expressiveness. Also, maybe, that's were it gets into more spiritual concerns. 

In the following video a respected teacher from my school, the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration touches on the spiritual side of the work.