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Rolfing and Ayurveda

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Ayurvedic medicine — also known as Ayurveda — is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It developed thousands of years ago in India.

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It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.

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Somatic treatments such as Rolf Structural Integration can play an important role in helping to balance the body.

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I can’t tell my Denver City Rolfing clients enough about hydration. Particularly with our dry Denver air, we all need to drink water regularly. The Ayurvedic principals of drinking water are pretty simple and worth trying.  Enjoy this excellent article on “The Art of Drinking Water: 10 Ayurvedic Tips for a Happily Hydrated Body” by Julie Bernier.

Again Ayurveda brings us indispensable guidelines for something we thought had no method: drinking water. Just like  the rules for eating there’s a way to drink that helps your physical body thrive. It’s more than just glass to lips and chug.

With a teensy bit more awareness, the way in which you drink water can seriously be a life-changer. For me, it meant not having to race to pee all the time. For a friend who also heeded the advice it meant no more massive and uncomfortable post-meal burps. For another friend, drinking water the right way meant no longer feeling painfully full after eating a normal amount of food. And this all came with such simple, minor changes.

So, the Ayurvedic way to drink water:

1. First off, sit down to drink (just as you should sit down to eat).

2. Take sips, not full-glass chugs. Small sip, swallow, breathe. Repeat.

3. Sip water throughout the day. If you chug too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it. Most of it will run right through you.

4. Drink at least room temperature water. Warm is even better. Cold and iced water literally douse the digestive fire.

5. Only sip a small amount of water with your meals. If you drink too much while you eat, your belly won’t have enough room for digestive action. Remember this rule: fill your stomach 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty for the digestive juices and process.

6. For the same reason, don’t drink loads of water before or after your meals. Fill 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty.

7. Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural urge that should be heeded. It means your body needs water.

8. As far as how much, we’re all different sizes with varied diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day simply can not apply to everyone. Naturally, the miraculous human body has it’s own built-in measuring system: thirst. If you’re thirsty, drink water. When you listen to thirst cues and sip water throughout the day you’ll be drinking the right amount.

9. Your urine is a secondary confirmation to know if you’re amply hydrated. It should be fairly clear and straw colored. If it’s dark yellow you need to drink more.

10. Your lips are yet another indicator. If they’re dry you might be dehydrated.

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The rules are so straightforward, perhaps even obvious or intuitive. But they might make a serious difference in the way you feel on a daily basis.

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I Just had to share this letter I received from a recent client. I was very moved and greatly appreciate his kind words. iStock_000009844542_Medium (1)

My introduction to the technique known as Rolfing was last year, through Will Gallucci of Denver City Rolfing.  Fortunately, I had a chance to get to know him a little bit first, through a networking group, so I felt comfortable trying this new (to me) type of body work.  Will offers a discount when you make a commitment of 3 sessions, so I started with that, but quickly changed my personal commitment to Rolfing’s recommended full 10-session process of body realignment.  At the time I began, I was suffering from severe plantar fasciitis in my right foot, which was affecting the way I was walking (not in a good posture, that’s for sure!) and causing problems in my back, too.  I chose to schedule my 10 sessions on an every-other-week basis, which was perfect for my body; weekly would have been too much for my body.  The bottom-line result for me was the transformation of my body to feeling years younger again and feeling like I had never had a problem with my feet or back.

Then, earlier this year, I had a work-related fall.  The very day that I was finished with the obligatory workers comp therapy sessions, which were almost useless, I immediately contacted Will to make an appointment.  I scheduled the discounted 3-session offer, which I finished earlier this month, and my body is back to normal again.  I give my highest recommendation to this modality of body work, to Denver City Rolfing specifically, and especially to the gift that Will has in doing this transformative work.

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