Rolfing is a form of body work which aims to restructure the body and re-align it to work in harmony within the field of gravity. It does this through movement, touch and re-education designed to release patterns of stress and tension held in the body. Past injury, illness, physical and emotional trauma affect the way we hold our bodies, as does our lifestyle. When one part of our body is out of alignment the rest of the body compensates, Rolfing believes it is vital to realign the whole body and to re-educate the body in new ways of movement.
Madeleine started working in London as a full time massage therapist in 2001. Her work has mainly been as a remedial massage therapist, with a fair amount of on -site chair work and some Thai massage. She has had a wide range of experience treating musicians, corporate workers, dancers, horse riders and anyone walking through the door. Since this time, she has continued to educate herself in different therapeutic modalities, in the quest to effectively treat a wide variety of injuries and physical issues.
In the last couple of years, her focus has changed to Structural Integration (alias Rolfing) and yoga therapy. The structural changes addressing old injuries and vocational postures brought about by the hands on fascial work in a structural integration treatment, followed by a personalised yoga practise bring about startling and completely satisfactory results. Many are unaware of the potential to bring the body back into a better alignment, with the freedom in movement and from aches and pain that accompanies this. Seeing one’s posture return to what it was brings a new lease of life.
Formerly a professional classical musician, her interest in body work and natural health began whilst writing her dissertation on Stress and Relaxation, for her BSc in Human Sciences, University College London. She is a keen traveller and has lived and worked in Europe, S-E Asia and Africa, and spent long periods in India.
Member of the International Association of Structural Integration
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