Dr. Ida Rolf, the creator of the original 10-session model of structural integration, once said, “When the body is not supported from below, it will attempt to hang from above.” That is why she devoted the entire second session of her game-changing program to the feet.
I remember being “rolfed” years ago in Toronto, after having been rear-ended in a car accident. The work is truly amazing; however, one of my biggest surprises came when receiving that famous second session on my feet. Although I was accustomed to receiving a lot of foot reflexology, nothing could have prepared me for the results of that session. My feet definitely felt grounded, balanced, open, stable and pain-free – all of which I kind of expected. It was what I felt elsewhere that really got my attention.
Up until that point, I think I considered foot work an enjoyable and effective way in which to support the physiology of the body; I didn’t think much of the effect that reflexology might have on the anatomy other than that of the feet.
Over the years, through trial and error and formal study, I have discovered that much of the suffering that people experience in not only their feet, but the knees, hips and low back, results from a number of irregularities within the lower extremity; conditions such as partial talotarsal misalignment, shortened and/or weak tissue in the feet and/or lower legs, nerve impingement, inappropriate footwear and lack of awareness around self-care.
I am very excited to start sharing what I have learned when it comes to alleviating chronic foot pain caused from bunions, hammertoes, gout, plantar fasciitis, peripheral neuropathy, bone spurs, arthritis, metatarsalgia, tarsal tunnel syndrome, injuries, surgery or just plain over use. The added benefit to clients may be not only relief from foot pain, but perhaps even an improvement in the complaints that occur elsewhere in the lower half of the body. Things can shift dramatically when specific work is done on the feet and/or lower legs, and when individuals make certain changes in their lives. It’s why I go to the feet first!
How to Relieve Chronic Foot Pain will debut in White Rock, British Columbia on August 24 and 25. (White Rock is just a little south of Vancouver, close to the Washington/British Columbia border.) Please note that the discounted tuition fee ends July 1st, so please act now to save yourself a little money! Next offering will be in Rochester, Minnesota on October 5 and 6, 2013.