Seattle Rolfing – Holistic Pain Relief & Postural Therapy
Tired of chasing the symptoms of pain but never getting to the root cause?
Looking for a natural, whole-body solution to pain relief that really works?
If your body feels older than your mind, you wake up stiff and achy in the morning or you’d like relief for any of these pain conditions:
- back pain
- hip pain
- neck and shoulder pain
- iliotibial band syndrome
- plantar fasciitis
…but you don’t want to take pain medications or face surgery, or you just might not be getting relief through other holistic therapies, I can help you.
I went to Sukie because I had a chronic pain in my low right back. I had worked with a chiropractor, physical therapist, and several doctors, one of whom gave me a shot of cortisone. On a pain scale of one to ten, ten being the worst, my pain was a nine.
I work out on a regular basis, stretch and walk everyday, and play golf several times a week. My friend highly recommended Sukie, and although I didn’t know much about Rolfing, I decided to give her a try. After our first session, I noticed a big change in the way I moved. My body seemed to be freed up. The pain began to subside right away and after two visits, the pain was reduced to a one. Sukie is an amazing healer and I feel very lucky that she practices here in Seattle.
- Kris L.
Who Am I?
I’m Sukie Baxter, and I studied Rolfing at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. You may never have heard of Rolfing, or think the name sounds funny. I did, too.
Rolfing was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Rolf held a Ph.D. from Brown University in biochemistry and was an avid seeker. She struggled with her own health problems, and Rolfing grew out of her investigations into the effects of physical alignment, posture and movement on whole body health.
What started as a hobby quickly grew into a movement as the results of her powerful work gave relief to many people struggling with physical complaints. Dr. Rolf began to teach her work, calling it Structural Integration. Her students affectionately nicknamed it “Rolfing,” and the name (fortunately or unfortunately) stuck.
How I Discovered Rolfing
As a child and teenager, I was an avid horseback rider. I rode every weekend, frequently traveling for horse shows and competitions. I truly grew up around horses, and when I went away to college and didn’t have the time or money to continue showing, I knew I had to replace my horse habit with something else.
So, I threw myself headlong into rowing and joined my college crew team. It was a shock to the system, to say the least. I woke up six days a week at 4:00 in the morning for grueling workouts – running hills, running stairs, ergs, push ups, weight lifting, and so much more.
At one point, I was exercising twice a day, six days a week. My body was not used to that volume of physical activity, and it began to take its toll. My left forearm burned so badly I’d plunge it into the lake after a rowing drill. My left knee developed an enormous knot behind it that hurt when I walked. I had hip pain, neck pain, shoulder pain…everything on me was tight.
Finally, my mother, who had broken her back in a fall from a horse and found relief for the pain through Rolfing, recommended that I make an appointment. I did and I never looked back.
Rolfing lengthened my muscles, lengthened my body, took away strain and banished my aches and pains. I felt fluid and graceful and flexible, something I had never been. I was addicted, and so when I graduated from college, I moved to Boulder, CO, to pursue studies in Rolfing.
How I Can Help You
Rolfing is hands-on work, so if you live in the Seattle area, you can schedule an appointment to come and work with me one on one. If you don’t live in Seattle but would like to take advantage of my depth of knowledge around pain prevention and relief, I also offer telephone consultations. Email my office for more information.
I believe in self care, so in addition to the Rolfing work that I do with clients, I also teach movement and stretching exercises as “home work” to help you keep your body healthy between sessions and reduce the amount of visits you’ll need with me.
“Sukie has helped me release pain and discomfort I’ve had so long I can’t remember NOT having it, and given me back a freedom of movement I didn’t think was possible!”
- Lauri S., Ballard, WA