“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.
Rolf Method is about Fascia and Gravity.
“Dance with the horse like dancing with someone you love- there’s just you and he in the whole world.”
The Rolf Method is not massage.
Used for chronic pain in human or horse, it works more deeply, methodically freeing each layer of muscle using the membrane system called “fascia” that surrounds muscles, nerves, bones, tendons and organs.
Fascia is a ‘net’ holding everything together as a unit- a web, 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 of musculature adhere making it difficult for a horse to move with ease, and limiting range of motion. Over time, body-use patterns and compensations form. This affects the horse with restricted movements, or stiffness and pain. As muscles tighten, they also shorten and rotate to keep the eyes level with the horizon.
Once these layers are separated and aligned within Gravity,
an experience of increased energy and ease of movement returns that hasn’t been experienced for a long time.
If a horse cannot give you the lead you ask for, the collection, reach or lightness, it isn’t being stubborn.
Assessing the horse’s alignment, conformation, structure, I assist by separating fascial layers of restrictions in muscle groups, from superficial to deep.
Then I watch… how do rider and horse sense… move… with each other in their ‘dance’?
Certified in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, Sharron studied at The Guild for Structural Integration with two of Ida Rolf’s students and her original concepts.