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Unravel the Unhealthiness at Rolfing Structural Integration

By Jake Levin

Being a ballroom dancer presented challenges for Simone Lukas-Jogl thanks to her recalcitrant body.

As a teenager, she dealt with knee issues which not only required surgery, but required her to figure out how to dance and train more efficiently without inducing pain on herself all the time. Lukas-Jogl became interested in "pushing the envelope" with bodies and developing the capacity to move with less pain and more grace and efficiency, regardless of age and condition.

For nearly two decades now, Lukas-Jogl has helped countless patients push the envelope through her clinic, Simone Lukas-Jogl: Rolfing Structural Integration in Pawtucket, R.I.

Sometimes, Lukas-Jogl said, the imbalance is the result of the body's compensation for a temporary issue, which can result in a lack of appropriate movement.

Health risks are numerous with these structural imbalances. Joints may be compromised (rotated, lacking space and mobility), nerves and blood vessels can be compressed and not sufficiently able to stretch and glide throughout the surrounding tissues, and tendons and ligaments may be painfully rubbing over bones.

As a result stuck places get more stuck, Lukas-Jogl said. This begins a vicious cycle which can lock the system into a painful pattern that can oftentimes be unresolved through localized treatment.

"Rolfing [Structural Integration] addresses the entire body structure, making interventions wherever necessary to unravel the unhealthy pattern and guide the system to a place without pain," Lukas-Jogl said.

A common saying amongst practitioners of Rolfing is that "gravity is the therapist." As Lukas-Jogl explained, that means that the therapists themselves aren't the ones who "fix" the clients.

"We do not force the client's body into the 'correct' place, whatever the consequences," Lukas-Jogl said. "Instead, we recognize that every person is different, a living, responsive system of great complexity, which will readjust and change in positive ways if given the right stimulus, and we recognize that every body's first [physical] task is always to manage its relationship with gravity."

The biggest force on the human body on planet Earth will always be gravity, Lukas-Jogl said. Whatever she, or any other practitioner of Rolfing Structural Integration, performs will always be done within the body's confines as it pertains to gravity.

"Gravity will always win," she said. "If you step off a cliff, you will fall. If you are not well aligned, you will have to create holding patterns to keep yourself upright. As you move, you will constantly have to adjust in order to keep yourself from falling and to keep space open for your organs and breath."

To learn more about Rolfing and Lukas-Jogl's extensive background, be sure to check out her website, www.rolfing-providence.com today.

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