“Gravity is the therapist.” – Ida Rolf
Working with humans using the Rolf Method since 1995, I began working with horses to understand ‘instinct’- information outside of words or linear dynamics.
Humans seemed to be losing this wisdom in themselves, at times treating other creatures and the world around them mechanistically.
“Dance with the horse like dancing with someone you love- there’s just you and he in the whole world.”
Whether for chronic pain in human or horse, Structural Integration works deeply, freeing each layer of fascia surrounding muscles, nerves, bones, tendons and organs, then organizing it.
Fascia, a ‘net’ holding everything together as a unit- is a web, beautifully strong and supple at the same time.
When freed and realigned, a fluidity of movement returns that is the animal’s birthright.
Strains, injuries, muscle tension or scar tissue cause this ‘web’ of fascia to shorten from front to hind, and layers adhere making it harder for a horse to move with ease. Over time patterns and compensations form restricting movement, or creating pain.
As muscles tighten, they also shorten and rotate to keep the eyes level with the horizon.
Using ESI, fascial layers are separated and aligned in Gravity-
an experience of increased energy and ease of movement returns that is the animal’s birthright.
If a horse can’t give you the lead you ask for, the collection, reach or lightness, it isn’t being stubborn.
Assessing the horse’s gait, alignment, conformation, structure, over a series of 5 sessions,
I work progressively from superficial to deep, separating fascia and reorganizing it in Gravity.
Then I watch… how do rider and horse sense… move… with each other in their ‘dance’?
Sharron Certified in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration since 1995, studying at The Guild for Structural Integration with two of Ida Rolf’s students and her original concepts.
She began offering her Equine clients the benefits of this work in 2007, after training with Advanced Rolfer, Jim Pascucci in Colorado.