To understand Rolfing, it’s helpful to examine Ida P. Rolf’s founding philosophy on the subject: “As in all matter organized into biological units, there is a pattern, an order in human bodies. Rolfers make a life study of relating bodies and their fields to the earth and its gravity.” While certified Rolfer Michael Valenti holds this notion dear, his bodywork approach is more direct. By manually lengthening the connective tissue through kneading techniques, Michael hopes to ease his clients’ chronic tension, improve range of motion, and make them all tall enough to reach the cookie jar.
Brian Soderholm went through periods of ill health as a child, but that didn’t stop him from playing sports. He loved the freedom of expression he found in physical movement. This love led him to the European Rolfing Association, where he found a personal connection to Dr. Ida Rolf's effective bodywork technique, which uses firm pressure to vertically realign the body. Today, clients may solicit Brian's healing techniques in the comfort of his renovated Vancouver studio, a historic building with roots dating back to the 1800s.
Aaron Meiggs grew up on a farm outside Independence, Oregon, where he had ample opportunity to work with his hands, an opportunity he loved. Then one day, a severe car accident left his lifestyle in ruin. On good days, Aaron was uncomfortable; the bad days were excruciating. It was only through a therapeutic process called Rolfing structural integration that Aaron's functionality was restored. Rolfing mitigates trauma in connective tissues to help align the body and ease chronic tension. Now Aaron has found a new use for his hands, healing others out of his own Rolfing studio.