Today I was sorting some photos and thought I'd share about one pretty unique thing we do in Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) – seated back work. This typically completes a session, going down the length of the spine, but I will also often do it extensively during a session if I'm working with a client:
-who has upper, mid, or lower back pain,
-whose back has gone out,
-who has pain sitting,
-who has poor posture (kyphosis or lordosis), or
-who has limited range of motion in the back or neck.
Here's an image of me working this way on a "Rolfing bench" with a Seattle client's upper back (I have her permission to use these images) – where I'll often have my client turn his/her head to get some rotation through the spinal segments I'm releasing.
And here's another of low back work – helping to get the normal lumbar curve into the spine when the pelvis has become too tucked under (a typical cause of low back pain):
When Rolfer™ Jon Martine appeared on Oprah a couple of years ago, he demonstrated seated back work on Dr. Oz, who asked "What do you call this?" Jon's answer was "Your new best friend," which is quite appropriate as clients love this work.