- “When practicing Standing, or Zhan Zhuang, getting good alignment is one of the common difficulties for beginners.”
Because structure was the easiest place for me to start, and due to my inclination to gather and analyze information, I read quite a bit about the various psycho-somatic and somatic therapies ranging from Bioenergetic Analysis
My understanding of the theory of Bioenergetic Analysis is that it looks at how emotions are stored in the body and through body work and talking, strives to open the body to get a pulse to move through body, looking for and resolving the emotional-muscular holding patterns that block that pulse. On the other hand, Rolfing only works on the physical structure and does not counsel psychological issues. If psychological stuff comes up that needs discussing, then the person should see a qualified counselor or psychotherapist.
Personally, I have not been to a Bioenergetics professional but I have been to and experienced a series of Structural Integration / Rolfing sessions.
Here is a short video of compiled clips of an interview with Alexander Lowen. The original clips and other short videos can be found at the Lowen Foundation website.
Here is an two-part interview with Ida Rolf explaining and demonstrating Structural Integration.
Método Rolf - Primeira Parte
Método Rolf - Segunda Parte
While the Rolfing logo “before” picture (on the left) illustrates twists, to me it only infers un-parallel lines.
I like the image that Karin at portlandolfer.com uses because this explicitly shows the un-parallel lines of the “before” structure and like the Rolfing logo, shows the parallel lines of the "after" structure.
(Image used with permission)
I think both images together provide a good representative comparison of the un-integrated and the integrated structures. I particularly like the way these images help me relate to the images of vector alignment in the Wujifa “Zhan Zhuang Alignment” article.
In the “Myofascial Tensegrity and Zhan Zhuang, A new model of fascial understanding for easier and deeper ZZ practice”
- “There is now emerging a lot of research on fascia that gives us a whole new understanding of the structure in our body. We all know that fascia surrounds and connects everything. But never have anatomist given it any attention. For centuries they have overlooked fascia just to get down to the individual muscles and their individual functions. But now, with Tom Meyers amazing work – www.anatomytrains.com - we are seeing the emerging of a whole new understanding of the holistic myo-sceletal system in our body.
And for our Zhan Zhuang practice, this is a gem!
Instead of seeing individual muscles connected to individual bones and joints, we can now begin to see whole-body patterns.”