Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

Bulletin of Structural Integration Ida P. Rolf


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From Robert Martin D.S.W.
Bibliography of works by Alexander Lowen

Physical Dynamics of Character Structure (book) 1958
Love and Orqasm (book) 1965
Betrayal of the Body (book) 1967
Bio Energetic Analysis: A total approach to reality
Sex and Personality (paper)
Public Lecture Series (papers):
1965 Breathing, Movement, and Feeling
1966 The Rhythm of Life
1967 Thinking and Feeling
1968 Self expression
1969 Aggression and Violence in Man available from the Institute for Bio Energetic Analysis
71 Park Avenue, New York 10016

From Caroline Widmer
Background reading for Rolfers

A Short Textbook of Medicine by J.C. Houston et.al. published by J.B.Lippincott Co., 3rd ed.”…a good resource book for a deeper understanding of the body and the problems it can develop.”
The Layman Speaks: A homeopathic digest. ($4/year) published by the American Foundation for Homeopathy 2726 Quebec Street NW, Washington D.C.
Rodale Books Inc., 33 East Minor Street, Emmaus, Pa. publishers of books on nutrition and the body: Food and Nutrition Prevention Method for Better Health The Health Seeker Complete Book of Vitamins The Encyclopedia of Common Diseases “I myself find these books very informative, even though they are sometimes a bit repetitious in the interests of providing all relevant information.”

A Few Homeopathic Physicians

Giovanni Boni, 10505 Wellworth, Los Angeles 474-8978 A.C.Neiswander, M.D., 1508 S. Garfield, Alhambra AT4-6565 Wm. E. Jackson, D.H-T, 307 N. Brea Blvd., La Brea JA9-3006 A. Dwight Smith Sr., D.H-T, 417 N. Central, Glendale C12-7280 Wm. Madsen, D.O., D.H-T, 610 S. Euclid, Pasadena 795-5135 Ronald Troup, M.D., D.H-T, 2490 Channing, Berkeley 848-3656 Roger Schmidt, M.D., 450 Sutter St., San Francisco 421-2977

And a Homeopathic Pharmacy
Standard Homeopathic, 436 E. 8th St., Los Angeles 627-1555

Editor’s Notebook

The misalignments , the limitations, the tensions of their physical bodies represents to a very large degree learned patterns which, unopposed, “learn” themselves deeper into the organism with every movement. So that in a very real sense, the Rolf work represents accelerated “unlearning.”

But, however effective such “unlearning” may be, if it is followed by a repetition of the same patterns of movement, of the storage and expression of emotional states as muscle tension, what has been “unlearned” will be reprogrammed into the organism whether or not the individual is conscious of the effects on himself as the “learning” process takes place.

It is for this reason that we are so pleased to present in these pages some description of the Alexander technique, Tai chi, and other methods of psycho motor “re education.” For the theoretical freedom of a body released from tension and imbalance is of little use to an individual whose movement patterns must inevitably re-create the same limitations again. It is self-evident that the processes of releasing the body from the limitations of old patterns are the logical pre requisites to re-education in new, freer patterns. Both are indispensible if “freedom” is to have any meaningful relevance in the physical sphere.

It is perhaps ironic that physical discomfort pain if you will proven the futility of any attempt to express freedom of movement within an overall pattern which is confined.

The necessity of the “unlearning” process has been less universally recognized in the intellectual sphere. Perhaps because of a tacit assumption that one was “unlearned” until he had received his “education.” The processes of “unlearning” have generally reserved chiefly for the extinction of acquired responses in rats and other hapless creatures in psychological experiments.

“Campus unrest” as it is euphemistically termed may perhaps be seen as a reoccurrence in the younger generation of a kind of psychological discomfort at the attempt to acquire freedom of thinking in a not so free environment. Maybe it is the first step in a process of unlearning.

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