Monday, October 07, 2013
For those considering Rolfing: It really does realign the muscles. I find myself walking more smoothly, not feeling stiff in the mornings, and able to stretch much better, like it's easy and fluid. Hard to explain. Used to be I'd do some yoga and never really know what part of my body was going to be tight and difficult, it seemed to change every few days or weeks. Now I am able to just MOVE, and it's great! I am holding high hopes that the Rolfing will help pull my misplaced rib and cockeyed hips and sacrum back into better alignment so I experience less pain and discomfort. I cannot at all hinge at the hips when folding over, my low back just locks at a certain point. The rolfing IS helping, I definitely feel a difference.
The NERI, however, I entered into with extreme skepticism. This week and last week, after rolfing and NERI, a few days after I found my whole jaw just aching. I'm still sore from Friday's NERI session, which left my throat feeling the next day as if I had swollen glands. It hurt to swallow, but my tonsils were not swollen even a tiny bit, and I had no fever. So I blame the NERI. Dr. Altair took her knuckles and pressed at a location just below the jaw hinge, and did this probably 15 times throughout the session. I'm convinced it bruised or aggravated things inside my neck to leave me so sore. Today (three days later) it is much better, but I still have some discomfort. I'm hoping, in the end, that the discomfort is worth it.
I also have major neck and headache issues. My rolfer told me to work on relaxing my jaw, because I just hold it tense. I find my tongue on the roof of my mouth, and I'm sort of pulling a little suction so everything ends up tight. When I worked on relaxing, and massaging my jaw, my face became very very sore by the end of the day, just aching. Very interesting reaction to just forcing it to relax! This is an interesting journey.