An effective remedy for aches and pains, Rolfing can set you straight.
Joachim Creten Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (1211 NW Glisan St, Suite 205, 503-515-1023) likes to keep his explanation of Rolfing simple. For this Pearl District bodyworker, it’s not a complicated paleo diet or a strict hot yoga practice that will keep you pain-free—it’s correctly managing that all-too-easily forgotten constant: gravity.
“Rolfing resets the body posture to its natural vertical line in relation to the gravity force.”
“The gravity force is always present,” he explains. “If the body is not stacked properly, you are going to use more energy just to stand. I work the connective tissue and I reset the fascia properly to give my clients better posture, better balance, and better energy. Rolfing resets the body posture to its natural vertical line in relation to the gravity force.”
Asked who can benefit from Rolfing, Creten’s list is extensive. “Everybody who has to use their body for work,” he smiles, noting that’s “basically everybody.”
While musicians, athletes, office workers, dental hygienists, and other humans top his client list, Creten is no stranger to inter-species Rolfing. A former horseman himself, he has addressed gravitational alignment in donkeys, horses, and even pigs. “I see how they walk, how they transition to canter and trot and back again. I pay attention to what is not working well.”
Creten—who began his practice more than a decade ago in Santa Ynez, California—can also work wonders with your family dog. No matter what type of client he’s working with, his approach is always the same: “I just try to tap into who they are and what’s motivating them.” –Erin Gilday | Photo by Michelle Mitchell