OMBE Featured Service: Rolfing
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac, DNBAO… OMBE is happy to announce the introduction of Rolfing Structural Integration to its services this year! OMBE Sessions are now available with Joel Gheiler, LMT!
Rolfing Structural Integration sessions benefit clients by reducing pain, increasing flexibility, improving posture, and balance. This holistic system of bodywork focuses on integrating the body’s fascia or connective tissue to enhance body conditioning and functionality. Athletes, clients recovering from an injury, or those working in physically demanding jobs requiring repetitive motion benefit especially from these sessions.
New to Rolfing? Read more about Rolfing in our FAQ below or schedule a free consultation to meet Joel, and learn more about how Rolfing can benefit your specific injury or health concern
ROLF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION FAQ
Q. What is the Rolf Method?
A. The Rolf Method, or Rolfing, was designed by Ida P. Rolf, a pioneer researcher and biochemist of the early 1900′s. She worked at the Rockefeller Institute of Medicine and later received her Doctorate from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
During her studies, Dr. Rolf made an amazing discovery: using steady and prolonged physical pressure upon fascia (the body’s encapsulation tissue), one could release stressful holding patterns in organs, muscles and bones, allowing for a more upright and aligned posture.
Q. What is the Ten Session Protocol?
A. The Ten Session Protocol that Dr. Rolf designed is delivered through the trained hands, knuckles, and elbows of a Rolf practitioner (without the use of oils or lotions), in order to balance and strengthen the body’s natural healing mechanisms so that symptoms such as stress and pain are effectively alleviated.
The Rolf Method balances the various structures of the body (skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory and nervous), and works to bring them into a better functioning whole.
Q. Is Rolf Therapy like a Deep Tissue Massage?
A. At times the work is deep and at other times gentle. The work is always slow in pace. We also focus on key areas of the body important to movement such as hips, abdomen, neck, jaw, feet, lower back, chest and shoulders.
Q. Will a Rolf Therapy session focus on my problem areas?
A. Yes and much more. A Rolf session seeks to establish better working relationships between all body parts to reduce overall patterns of stress.
Q. Do the effects of a Rolf Therapy last?
A. Rolf Therapy is a great tool to initiate permanent changes in the body. Depending on the health, diet, and lifestyle of the individuals, a Rolf session tends to create a long lasting changes.
Q.What are some of the other benefits of the Rolf Method?
A. In addition to feeling spacious and expansive, with less muscular tension and pain, the Rolf Method also improves digestion, circulation, breathing capacity, and balances the pelvic floor.
Q. Is this type of bodywork called Rolfing or the Rolf Method?
A. Rolfing is a trademarked name belonging to the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. After the death of Ida Rolf, several people felt that her original teachings were being distorted. A small group of extremely talented practitioners diverted and formed their own school in Boulder, Colorado called The Guild for Structural Integration. Joel is a graduate of Guild.
Q. How do I get started?
A. If you are new to Rolfing or you have additional questions about this therapeutic form of bodywork, please feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation to meet Joel, and learn more about how Rolfing can benefit your specific injury or health concern
Joel Gheiler, LMT Rolf Structural Integration Therapist Licensed Massage Therapist
Joel Gheiler has been a Rolf practitioner for more than a decade.
Born and raised in Israel, Joel studied biology and chemistry at the University of Florida, and pursued his license in massage therapy (LMT) at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami.
While studying massage, Joel was fortunate to receive a Rolf session, relieving him of an old hip injury. After experiencing the benefits himself, Joel earned his certification as a Rolf Method practitioner. He first studied at The Guild For Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado and then went on to study directly under Emmett Hutchins, Dr. Rolf's first approved Rolfing instructor, in Kauai, Hawaii.
Joel believes that the Rolf Method is a powerful and effective approach that addresses clients' issues ranging from acute injury to chronic pain and rehabilitation. Many clients find regular Rolf sessions helpful in reaching their optimal physical well being. Joel's experience and passion for facilitating healing in others has brought him into contact with people from all walks of life: from athletes and yogis to professionals and many other members of our community. Joel's unique skill and sensitivity enables him to relate to every body type. With each person he sees, Joel seeks to do what Dr. Rolf intended: re-synchronizing the body's energy systems, thereby establishing the conditions under which the body is able to heal itself.