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Jim Allbaugh - Certified Rolfer
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It’s been too long since I had the opportunity to write a newsletter. Thankfully, I have been busy working with most all of you!
I hope 2010 will be a wonderful year for you. 2010… Amazing. Time really is fleeting.
It is my hope and intention to broaden the scope of my practice on many levels in 2010. In May, I will be attending the 4th. out of 5 Visceral Manipulation classes. I simply cannot get enough of this work. In the next segment, my teacher, Jeffrey Burch, will be addressing various problems that can be found in the pelvis. He will also be providing new and innovative solutions to help relieve pain in this area. This includes helping you with notoriously common lower back pain!
The term, “Visceral Work” is somewhat misleading. Indeed, with Visceral Work, I am addressing more than just your viscera, i.e., your guts. I am working with bloodvessels, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, and organs.
In March, my original teacher at the Rolf Institute, John Martine, will be presenting some new information on how to work with nerves. Yes, indeedy, nerves. In particular, nerves that effect fascia and muscle tissue. These are called cutaneous nerves. Muscles, in of themselves are, well, kinda dumb. No offense to these guys. BUT, superficial and deep nerves, inform our muscles on what and what not to do. If I am able to release, lengthen, and generally loosen the nerve sheaths, muscles and adjoining fascia are “re-programmed” to let go. They are no longer agitated and or inflamed. Whole swaths of fascia in the body can suddenly let go if a handful of nerves are persuaded to lengthen and release. I have a feeling that your body will greatly appreciate this!
“Anatomy of a Session”
So, what is a session with me looking and feeling like for you these days? In my last newsletter, I talked about Old School and New School Rolfing. Old School = Traditional Myofascial Work. New School = Visceral/Osteopathic Work. Again, new school approach works with organs, blood vessels, bones, nerves, et al.
Pretty much everything other than just the muscles.
Before I continue, you might want to visit my blog at: http://rolfingseattle.blogspot.com
There you will find more detailed information about the anatomy that I describe below...
Let’s geek out shall we?
I had a client the other day who came in with some neck pain. This person had a hard time lifting her head, turning it to the left, and could feel a tight pull in her neck down towards her chest.
After some visual assessments, I could see a pull-strain on the right side of her body from her right foot all the way up to her neck. Hmmm. I first used New School/Osteopathic techniques.
With this type of assessment, her body brought me to the back of her right calf. Here we found the Popliteal Artery. The poor guy was squished pretty good. Now, your probably wondering, “Jim, come one now, her neck is what hurts, why in the devil are you working on her leg?”
Patience my dear clients…
After releasing this vital blood vessel. I had her stand up. Voila, the pull on her right side had diminished at least 60%. Keep in mind, I am working with whole systems. One blood vessel is part of a whole system. In this case, that system would be cardiovascular.
I then worked on her right Carotid Artery. Pretty much where she was experiencing pain. Another link in the circulatory chain. I then released that. I had her stand up.
Looking much much better.
I then released yet another blood vessel. This time on her left side. This blood vessel is called the Subclavian Artery.
I stood her up again. The pull on the Right side of her body was nearly gone. I checked rotation of movement in her neck, and it was greatly improved. Now, its time to mop up. I then switched over to more Old School techniques.
Now I began to address structures around her shoulder girdle and neck that still remained…tight. Sure enough, many if not all of the muscles in her neck had already let go. They no longer needed to protect the blood vessels that were under strain.
I released her Scalenes, SCM, and Hyoid muscles.
After this, I worked on her Cervical Vertebre, releasing rotations and counter rotations in her neck. Most all of this work went quickly, primarily because of the work we had done before.
End of session. Client pain free and happy! Yeah for Rolfing!!!
What this all means for you dear clients, is a sure fire ability to find root causes of your pain. When these are released, the body works from an inherent place of intelligence. The body is always trying to right itself. Sometimes, it just needs a nudge here and there to help it find its deepest desire and impulse…to heal!
Again, feel free to visit my blog to get a more in depth explanation of the anatomy explored in this session.
“Practitioner of the Month.”
Well, it should be Practitioner(s) of the Month.
Angela and Jill are two yoga teachers that teach out of Motion and Rest, where my office is located.
I have gotten to know them over the last year or so, and have been duly impressed by their teaching style and rapport with their students.
They have a full schedule at Motion and Rest, and I would recommend that you take one of their classes!
So, without any further ado, here is Angela and Jill!! (Applause…Applause…Applause…)
Both Angela (Baumgardner) DiMario and Jill Baumgardner found their way back to Seattle, and created Kula Movement in November 2008, after completing studies elsewhere. Their sisterhood has evolved into a co-teaching, business savvy manner, while keeping keen to their childlike wonders, and joy. It truly is a gift to be loved and to love our work environment, while supporting the everyday struggles and honoring that which just IS, in each of US.
Between Angela’s deep understanding of anatomy, physiology, and energetics, and Jill’s Master level studies in Somatic, Counseling Psychology, class is guided in a dynamic practice of structural awareness, strength, and rehabilitation.
Angela brings a unique quality of presence to teaching yoga. She cultivates a safe healing space by means of mindfulness, challenge, and fun. Her ability to connect with each individual’s needs, thus guiding students to their edge, provides the necessary integrity to work authentically. Moving from within and truly celebrating the journey of each owns healing process- their yoga.
Jill’s focus is to co-create a safe space to explore the depths and rhythms of Being: essence, individual and collective. With Forrest Yoga & AcroYoga, she supports the uniqueness of each exploration, through movement, breath & presence. Having finished the coursework for a Masters in Counseling Psychology, with a focus in Somatics, she’s currently pursuing the final leg of practicum, non-traditionally, with therapeutic movement counseling. As an active explorer, she brings knowledge from various bodymind systems, to provide unique insights with hands on adjustments, and modifications.
Kula Movement Yoga schedule: