Testimonial for Rolfing and Jennifer-Lynn Crawford
I would like to share the experience of my 11-session Rolfing treatment by Jennifer-Lynn Crawford in Leeds. A short summary for those with little time:
Rolfing was one of the best and most helpful experiences I had last year and I am very grateful for the treatment and care I received.
I initially contacted Jennifer-Lynn hoping that Rolfing would help to ease the tension and pain caused by my voice disorder. 11 Rolfing sessions later it achieved much more than that:
My voice problems:
I suffer(ed) from muscle tension dysphonia (MTD), a voice disorder that is evident to other people by strong hoarseness or failure of the voice. It is caused by habitual mis-use of the voice. In my case, the symptoms had developed over more than 6 years. MTD involves excessive tension in muscles within the larynx and the neck muscles. In my case italso led to tensions and soreness of muscles in the upper rip-cage. MTD was only diagnosed later during the course of the Rolfing sessions and treated (in parallel to the Rolfing sessions) by a specialist speech therapist. The Rolfing sessions concluded in early February and accomplished what I had hoped for. Each Rolfing session had immediate effects by easing the discomfort of my chest and neck muscles, relaxing the larynx, and removing some of the hoarseness of my voice. One month after finishing the sessions, my voice is almost back to normal and only occasionally (after stressful days or excessive voice use) returns to old habits. Rolfing played a significant role in this improvement.
General Benefits of Rolfing:
The Rolfing sessions achieved much more than curing problems caused by the voice disorder. They gave me better body awareness, improved my posture andmy gait, and eased back problems. While this was a gradual process, I felt a relief after each individual session that lasted several days, and some of it remained permanently. Photographs taken at different stages of the 10 sessions clearly showed how my posture had changed and imbalances between left and right upper body were corrected. Most surprising to me was alasting increase in my height by 1 cm after 8 sessions of Rolfing. This was really unexpected and was only revealed when I routinely checked my height in comparison to that of my son. I wanted to demonstrate to him how with age (I am 57yrs old) we start to shrink. But we found that I had grown from 179cm (as in my passport and previous checks) to 180cm.
While I initially thought that charges per session were rather high and that 10 sessions would be a financial burdon, I reconsidered the rate after the first session. Prices charged are the same throughout the country in the UK and generally lower than in Germany. Session last 90min and the hourly rate is less than half the hourly rate charged by osteopaths or physiotherapists. Rolfing achieves lasting benefits on top of the immediate relief. Overall, I am very pleased with all the changes to my body, body awareness, and resulting self-esteem. One of the best investments I made in my life!
Jennifer-Lynn was extremely attentive to my body detecting every bit of tension, misalignments or breathing alterations. This was backed up by her profound knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Being a lecturer in Biology myself, I appreciated her solid expertise. She always explained first what she was going to do and how it would affect me. While she worked on my muscles and facias she was very concentrated on the treatment. I felt that she genuinely cared to provide help with her treatment. I could not think of a better practitioner to experience the benefits of Rolfing. We are very fortunate to have Jennifer-Lynn in Yorkshire.