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"So many therapists are striking at the pattern of disease instead of supporting the pattern of health. Rolfers™ are not practitioners curing disease, they are specialists in health. They are giving their attention to the better working of people's minds and bodies."

~ Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
 

Animal Healing:
The Power of Rolfing® Structural Integration
by Briah Anson

In "Animal Healing, The Power of Rolfing® Structural Integration", Briah Anson presents over three dozen profiles and over 170 photographs of 56 different animals both domestic and wild Briah Anson Rolfing Structural Integrationas they experience the Rolfing® process. Briah makes a convincing case that Rolfing® SI can produce profound lifestyle benefits to animals from birds to horses.

Any animal suffering from movement limitations resulting from injury, disease, surgical trauma and even old age experience relief and recovery. Rolfing® SI also contributes to the rehabilitation from secondary or tertiary responses to trauma—muscles spasms, soreness and compensatory patterns that linger long after the wounds heal. Examples of the profiled animals include cats, dogs, horses, birds, llamas, eagles, an owl, a cougar, and an endearing Moose named Mike and more.

Each chapter includes a description of the animal from the owner’s perspective as well as a description of Briah’s analysis. Photos accompany the stories so readers can really see the animal’s response to the Rolfing® SI treatment—deep relaxation. Most chapters include before and after photos, which are powerful evidence for the work.

The book is organized around types of recovery. One chapter covers animals that have experienced rehabilitation from issues derived from birth defects, acute spinal injuries, and hip dysfunctions.  The chapter on rescue animals examines the dogs, cats and even guinea pigs that have moved from impatience and anxiety to ease and calm after a few Rolfing sessions. Another chapter tackles animals as athletes as the Rolfing experience unleashes their competitive potential. Many of these injuries and traumas could not be resolved using conventional veterinarian medicine.

From puppies to geriatric canines, bigger-than-life cats and a cougar, the effects that Rolfing® SI has on these animals is life-changing and significant.

Rolfing® Structural Integration was developed over 60 years ago by biochemist and physiologist, Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.

Briah Anson, M.A. is an Advanced Certified Rolfer and Rolf Movement® Practitioner, who has been practicing Rolfing® SI for over 30 years. She is a pioneer who has taken this transformative bodywork for humans and applied it to animals, producing five educational videos on this work.

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