Rolfing® Post-Session Care
At the end of a Rolfing session, clients have a variety of experiences. You may feel a little stiff like after a workout, you may feel energized and want to jump right into an activity, or you may feel like you need to take a nap. Whatever it is you feel, I suggest you offer your body some time to adjust to the changes we made together in the session. This is a great time to introduce some self-care. It is a good idea to avoid any type of strenuous exercise or activity for the remainder of the day. Here are some ideas:
Go for a walk: You will probably still feel like you are adjusting after a session. Walking will help you to integrate these changes into your life. See how it feels to move now. What is different? How would you describe your walk in a word? How are your arms moving? How are your feet contacting the ground, lighter, harder, softer? What is your stride like? How are your hips moving? What is it like to breathe? Is your left and right side balanced or is there a difference? What is it like to walk in those shoes? Take the time to tune into your body and get a sense of what it feels like.
Journal: Journaling does not mean you have to start an entry with “Dear Diary” while you are chewing bubble gum and playing with your hair thinking about your high school crush. It is a way to clarify your thoughts and feelings about the impact of the session and it will help you get to know yourself better. What images, memories and emotions come up while we work together or between sessions? Check-in with yourself throughout the day, morning, afternoon, and evening. You may recognize your pain level has shifted, moved to another part of the body to a lesser degree, or certain positions make you feel better. Maybe your range of motion has improved, and you are able to do things differently. Maybe the way you walk, run, dance, play an instrument or play a sport comes with ease and comfort. Whatever come up through your awareness, write it down.
Self-Care: A regular practice to promote physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual well-being. How do you take care of yourself? How do you like to recharge and fill your energy cup? For ideas, you can read the blog post titled, What Is Self-Care and Why Is It Important?
Quality Food and Water: Nutrition advice is not in the scope of my practice. I cannot even suggest water or a simple nutrition supplement. However, I have consulted with professionals I have known for many years who do excellent work in this area. I have listed them in my article titled, My Top 7 Resources for Workout Recovery. You may even come to find out some foods may exacerbate your pain condition.
Rest: Rest can come in the form of lying down or sleep at the end of the day. Quality sleep is important for the recovery of our body and alleviating the compressing effects of gravity on our structure. Unwind and process your day with good rest to recharge yourself. Most health professionals recommend 7-8 hours of sleep.
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