I had been in a car accident, and my Jewish father dropped me off at a church, and said go in and see the nun. I walked up to the door of the church and was greeted by a nun named Theresa Matwe, she was about 4’6 with a stalky build. She assessed my teenage broken body, and said “we have a lot of work to do”.
I laid on her table, and she pulled out her elbow. YES HER ELBOW, otherwise known to heavy handed Rolfers as the ICEPICK!!! She proceeded to stick her elbow in my hip, I cried, and cried, and held my breath. I noticed she had stickers all over the walls saying breathe, my only thought while I held my breath red faced, with tears streaming down my cheeks, was that this woman was indeed the devil. She had me screaming profanities in that small room of the church, that even a Jewish woman should feel guilty about saying in a church!
Fast forward a few years later I found myself at the Guild for Structural Integration studying with a teacher named Jeff Linn who brought a new approach to the art of Rolfing. He was gentle, informed, and took the nervous system into account. He said that most people think they are working with the fascia when in fact they have bumped up against the first barrier of the nervous system. If we are gentle with the nervous system, it will then soften and the person on the table can be more open to the change we are asking of the pattern that they have lived, likely for their entire lives.
My practice to date takes Structural Integration to a new level, morphing all of the tools I have to get the maximum benefit for the patient on the table.