Aline Newton Rolfing® Structural Integration

Stand Up and Try a Movement Snack!

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This month, the NPR podcast Ted Talk is presenting a 6-segment special called Body Electric, to explore how the way we use our tech devices is impacting our bodies. These days, many people’s jobs require hours of sitting in front of a computer. The popular fix of a standing desk does not appear to … Read more

Meditation and the Mind

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Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist researching the effect of meditation on the brain*, reports that in the state of open attention, non-directed awareness, there was diminished activity in an area of the brain that normally assigns emotional value, the orbitofrontal cortex. The results were consistent in all 6 of the adepts that were being studied. It … Read more

Try this experiment


Follow the link to try this experiment. When viewing the video, see if you can count the total number of times that the people wearing white pass the basketball. How many passes? Then watch it again. More at Experiment Results I was introduced to the basketball pass experiment (see the post “Try this Experiment”) … Read more

Sitting Practice

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Sitting posture. The most important thing is to have the sacrum free to respond to the breath. That’s true in every situation, and more so in meditation practice. One of my early Rolfing teachers used to say: “Don’t sit on your brain.” In one of the Taoist meditations, spine rocking–starting at the tailbone–is one of … Read more

Organs, Emotions and the Autonomic Nervous System

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Organs and Emotions In Chinese medicine and in Taoist meditation practices, caring for the energy flow through the organs is considered as important as cardiovascular health and muscle tone are to us here in the West. The functioning of each organ also is associated with a specific emotional continuum:the heart: with impatience, hastiness, and joy, … Read more

Intelligent Exercise

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As you read these words, are you aware of an experience of “body”? Is there any awareness as you read, of your feet on the floor, your seat in the chair, of the breath? Or is the body simply a vehicle for your head? In our culture today, the body appears primarily as an object, … Read more