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“The” NYTIMES.com article

Hard to argue with an article which is ringing my phone off the hook, but here it is:
I haven’t seen something so cliched in a long while. I feel sorry for the Rolfer who spent so much time with that writer, only to see a fluffed up writing for the “fashion” section with the writer’s created drama about “the pain, ah, the good pain”.

Oh my.  Fashion section: reminds of the time early in my career when a young woman who wanted to be a fashion model came in because she wanted to be 2 inches taller so that she could get an agent. (Never mind that the modeling school had taken her money, never telling her that she wouldn’t qualify for an agent no matter what she learned there).

Also reminds of the folks who have had work with the golden oldies of the structural integration dynasties and no longer want that pain that is incurred with pokey fingered ripping of tissue.

There needs to be deep work.  I am not of the “fluff and buff” school in the slightest.  There needs to be deep work.

It doesn’t have to hurt, and if it does, it is always possible to say STOP.  Most Rolfers, in my experience, know how to work without pokey fingers, and clients should ask for that: I want the deep work of structural integration without hard pokey fingers.

IF you are with one of those pokey fingered Rolfers, I’ll bet that that Rolfer could learn quickly.  Most probably if trained at RISI they aren’t using what they know.  If they can’t or won’t:  go somewhere else.  We don’t have a lot of Rolfers, but at least in the bigger cities there is some choice.  Accept no excuses.

I repeat, if you are out there, ask for it:  deep work without hard pokey fingers.

Rolfers and wannabes, if you are out there and guilty of hard pokey fingers, hear this: No More “Johnny One Note”!  You can learn to do this differently with the same deep and good result.

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2010/10/07/funny-pictures-cats My emotional state is all here about this article. (thanks for the link, Michael Vilain)

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. I wholeheartedly agree. As a current student at the Rolf Institute, I can say with confidence that the way in which we are learning to work causes very little pain. I am not even a certified Rolfer yet, and I am already tired of the public perception of Rolfing as a painful process. The NY Times article, while providing much-needed public exposure to Rolfing, does nothing to dispel this outdated notion.

    1. Good to hear from you. Fluff pieces like that trying for a little “drama” have been around for a long time. Leaving out the trademarks and comparing Rolfing to massage are more serious offenses.

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