"She gained a lot of confidence." -- Mother of subject 005
"He always asks when he can come for the next appointment." -- Father of subject 008
"I was stunned. It is the most dramatic, quick improvement we have had with anything we have tried... It made me look at body work in a new way; as something for long-term improvement."-- Mother of subject 009
"He went through developmental stages he never experienced before and continues to do so -- like he's catching up with his age... The hardest part about it was [leaving] the last session because you see all this progress and you don't want it to go away." -- Mother of subject 010
"I wish we had done it earlier." -- Father of subject 011
"It was only 10 sessions and we have seen a lot of improvement." -- Mother of subject 013
I’ll start with a question that many Rolfers get asked and that I get asked when I tell people I have a Rolfer, “What’s Rolfing?” It’s as if it even tastes funny on their tongue when they say the word. First, I tell them the physicality of it; I say something like, “Well, it’s sort of like deep tissue massage but she goes deeper and she can do more than just massage tissue.” Next, I tell them that while it does hurt and you might be sore afterwards the pain doesn’t last long, but the benefits do! Finally, and most importantly, I tell them about the specific benefits.
When I first came to Karen she called me her little flamingo because I stood on one foot, that is one thing, physically, that has changed. Another physical thing that she helped with was my chronic nausea due to internal problems and multiple surgeries. Last December, 2007, she helped my nausea greatly! I had been waking up nauseated every single morning for quite some time and in one Rolfing session on my mouth Karen was able to stop that for months! I also like my face better after she Rolfs my mouth because it is fuller looking. She has also helped me breathe better, by loosening the muscles in my chest, when I have felt really tight. She also helped my breathing by Rolfing my nose and the effects lasted for months! In addition, she has help relieve physical aches and pains and one time she even moved an organ back into its rightful place, well, my body moved back into alignment, but she helped it along.
Aside from the numerous physical benefits, Karen has helped my sense of body image because she knows what is and isn’t a healthy weight. When she mentioned that I was looking a little too skinny it didn’t feel as judgmental as when doctors would make such comments.
I also did Rolfing in effort to see if it helped my body work better together. I was having trouble in school because of specific learning disabilities. I also have tremors. There is no way to no for sure in what way Rolfing did and didn’t help me in school, since we had tried several alternative methods, but at the end of the year my mom asked me, “What do you think helped you the most?” and I said, “The Rolfing.” One thing is clear, though, Rolfing certainly wasn’t a waste of our money. Even now, as I approach twenty-one, I firmly believe in Rolfing. I even found a Rolfer in Arizona, whom I went to once, who helped me with my tremors; I’m now completely off of my tremor medication, which is really a blessing to me!
As you can hopefully now see, Rolfing is not a strange food or some bizarre treatment; it is a way of working with your body to heal it and it is a very natural process. As to Karen Price herself, not only has she helped me a lot as my Rolfer, she has also become a friend who truly cares about me and I about her. My Rolfing sessions are always fun too! Our favorite game to play while I am being Rolfed is Eye Spy! If you are be shy or scared, I encourage you to try your best to work past that because Rolfing has so many benefits and it can be fun too!
Karen also worked on things I hadn't even thought were problems. It seems he had a preference to have his head always resting on his right side. Just a little work and she relieved what must have been neck pain. Now he has no problem turning his head to the left. She also worked on his back and I watched as his entire body lengthened in front of my eyes. He loved every minute of the massage, he was incredibly responsive and so content. Not once did he fuss or resist her magical touch.
I know we still have a long road ahead of us but in my heart I am sure these 2 sessions have made an enormous impact on my little one. I can't say enough wonderful things about this experience and would recommend Karen to anyone whose child has been through a trauma. She truly has the most amazing way with children. It is her gift and any child would be blessed to have her work on them.
Karen, I honestly mean every word I have jumbled together here. I believe you are an incredibly gifted healer. I hope this will be helpful to others. I know it just goes on and on. Also, as I am a huge believer in rolfing feel free to use me as a reference should you ever need one.
Wishing you the most lovely holiday season.
In later years lee battled breast cancer and it was in remission for awhile but when it came back it was pervasive. when she entered the hospital for the last time one of her best friends from davis organized for at least one friend to be with her around the clock and it was kept up until she passed a couple weeks later, a testament to the devotion of the friends she had. (the nurses at stanford hospital said they had never seen anything like it)
When she and i talked of the turning points in her life, meeting you and beginning her bodywork were among the high ones. she would say again, thank you.
As far as sleep goes, although Rolfing hasn't been a cure-all, we have seen a definite improvement in her sleep. She now goes three or more nights in a row sleeping a 6-8 hour stretch, waking once before falling back to sleep until morning (she sleeps a total of about 10-12 hours a night). On her off nights, it's like the "good" nights used to be...2-3 wakings before morning. We'll have 2-4 days of that and then go back to the longer stretches again. She's also gotten into a much more predictable nap schedule. Although she still awakens every 40 minutes during naps, she sleeps at the same time every day, and she is usually easy enough to get back to sleep after each sleep cycle. She naps a total of about 1.5-2 hours (one nap a day). This is up from a single nap of about 30-40 minutes, which was clearly not enough for her, but I couldn't get her to sleep any more than that until she saw Karen. I perceive that the biggest difference I see is an improvement in our daughter's ability to relax and let herself fall asleep. She's still not a champ at this, but this seems much easier for her than it once did.
I realize that this end-result might not seem that impressive to people whose babies sleep well, but for us, this is a huge change and a dramatic improvement from what we were dealing with before seeing Karen.
My second daughter started to visit Karen not long after her sister was through. Initially, I¹d just planned to offer her the same opportunity to feel at home in her body - but the timing turned out to be extremely fortuitous, and very dramatic. Just before she started her sessions with Karen, she was diagnosed with a developing scoliosis by her pediatrician and told that she should be ³tracked² by an orthopedic specialist - but by the time this specialist¹s partner took her measurements six months later, he seemed very confused about why my daughter was even there. He laughed, of course, when I mentioned how it seemed that Rolfing had helped, but he nonetheless released her from their tracking list, saying ³if we managed to make someone as symmetrical as she is after any number of braces or surgeries, we would be very pleased with our success².
My son who is almost six years old has been working with Karen Price since birth. At first Karen would just give him a little "tune-up" for five or ten minutes after one of his sister¹s appointments, but now he looks forward to his own full hour appointments two or three times a year. He says he is so much ³faster² after Karen has worked on his ankles and that it is so much "easier to poop² after she¹s worked on his tummy.
My three kids are all very different from each other, but they have all benefited greatly from their Rolfing sessions with Karen Price. I would recommend Karen¹s intuitive wisdom and gentle touch to any parent who wants their child be as comfortable with the body they were given as it is humanly possible to be!
My first daughter began seeing Karen at 31/2 when I noticed how her shoes were wearing and the overlap of two of her toes. A convert at a later age (41), I'm hopeful that we can stop some of the wear on her body before she becomes accustomed to mis-alignment. After a few sessions with Karen, I'm noticing that the toes are relaxing more and her feet are flatter than before. We come and go, as her interest in "smage" (read, preschool for massage) waxes and wanes.
My second child, now 7 months old, enjoyed her first alignment session at just a few weeks. She was straining in her bowel production, and when she did go, the results were at time explosive. Karen noticed her tailbone was out and brought her immediate comfort. A few additional times, and we noticed progress at physical milestones. For a child that is only 35% on the charts for her physical size, she crawls and pulls up at just shy of 7 months. Her care providers are amazed at what she is able to do at her age. She is more confident and at peace in her body than my first child, and I think the results are showing her willingness to experiment.
It's hard to say what's nature or nurture, what we're given in terms of physicality and what we make of it, but I have definitely seen the results of a few hands on, powerful, loving, and supportive sessions with my children.
I want to let you know how much we appreciate all that you have done for my 3 yr old daughter.
After having much success with rolfing as an adult, I decided to bring my daughter to see you when she was about 2 1/2. Although hopeful, I did have serious doubts about whether she would stay still long enough for anything to be done. To my surprise, she stayed still for over 45 minutes. When she got up at the end, she was bursting with energy and ran happily around the room. I'll admit, I did not see anything different right then. But the following morning, when she was getting dressed, I looked at her and could not believe my eyes. Her entire posture was completely different. She was standing perfectly straight and upright; it looked like she had grown a couple of inches overnight! But even more than her physical changes, I noticed over the next few days and weeks that she had really come into herself. She was showing much more independence and decisiveness, as if straightening her body had straightened her will. I had heard that rolfing could help a person find direction, but it was nevertheless surprising to see it happening to my daughter at such a young age.
I also want to thank you for developing such a special relationship with my daughter. We have been to see you several times now and she is always happy to go (and unwilling to leave!) You clearly have a gift for working with children that goes beyond your kindness, patience and gentleness with them. You connect so well with my daughter in that honest and joyful way that is the domain of children. My daughter talks about her "massages with Karen" and the other day when I said that my back was bothering me, she told me, "it's okay Mommy, tomorrow you can get a massage from Karen." It makes me very happy and pleased that she understands how it is you help her and that she feels so comfortable going to you for that.
I find myself these days watching other children and thinking how much they could benefit from rolfing. I honestly think every child could benefit from rolfing. I don't think people realize how many of our physical issues as adults can be traced back to childhood. I wish people knew how easy it is to correct those patterns in children; it is truly a gift that can change and last a lifetime.
I began Rolfing sessions at age 8 with one of my best friends at the time. We did double sessions with Karen, our Rolfer, which was a great, nonthreatening way to be introduced to a new practice and a new person. Rolfing at age 8, was time to spend with my friend in an environment that felt safe, warm and inviting. I only knew that I enjoyed my time there with special people and that when I left, I always left felt a little bit happier and a little bit healthier than when I entered. Although I didn't know it at the time, Karen and Rolfing would remain an important part of my life for many years to come.
My friend did not stay with Rolfing for long and when my parents gave me the option to continue sessions or to stop, like my friend, I knew that I wanted to continue. I wanted to build my friendship with Karen who had become a kind, caring and accepting presence in my life. I also wanted to continue to feel the balance that Rolfing created in me. As I grew older my interest in Rolfing developed and I became curious about the changes that Karen could affect in my body. Karen happily and openly educated me on the bits and pieces of Rolfing practice that I could understand.
Karen explained to me that when I first visited her, unknown to me and my parents, I had a curve in my spine. Karen watched and corrected my growth and progress through puberty and to all of our joy and satisfaction scoliosis never developed in my back. Over the years I have come to Karen for various physical ailments such as an adult tooth that never grew in and whiplash from a car accident I had while driving home from work. She always approached my problems with calmness and confidence which affected great and positive changes in my body in each of my situations.
Society views massage as a way to make physical changes. Yet,Rolfing makes inner changes as well. Through the years Karen has affected great change in my body but she has also influenced great change in my inner being. As I grew older and more comfortable with Karen our Rolfing sessions turned into cleansing hours of massage and talk where I would release the worries and dilemmas. Rolfing can be an emotional experience and although I cannot explain why it happens, the therapeutic result of Rolfing sessions is undeniable. Within the studio and without through adolescents and into adulthood she has always been a welcoming and accepting presence in my life.
Rolfing is an incredible practice that I've been lucky enough to have in my life for 12 years. At this point, I see Karen for Rolfing sessions when I come home to California for visits twice a year. When I was younger I was Rolfed much more frequently. However, Karen has been able to teach me how to maintain the changes she influenced in my body which helps me preserve the balance and strength I gain during Rolfing sessions. I strive to keep these qualities in my life and it is nice to know that Karen and Rolfing are there to help me along the way.