Larry Redding, M.S., Certified Advanced Rolfer, is a native of Lawrence, Kansas, who has practiced structural integration since 1978. His studies of craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, nutrition, the soft tissue approach of Rolfing, yoga, and his own ever-changing body give him a unique and comprehensive picture of structural problems and solutions. He has taught basic and continuing education classes through the Rolf Institute and is currently practicing in Lawrence.
How did you come to Rolfing?
I was working as a school psychologist in the public schools of Topeka, KS in the 1970s. That position provided valuable experience in helping children, their parents, and school staff maximize their potential. But that job was mainly assessing the problem areas and then recommending what actions to take. I wanted more connection to the resolution part of the equation.
Then I got Rolfed. I liked the new feeling in my body. As a psychologist I could see that this was a vocation that used my natural strengths, such as seeing spatial relationships and applying tactile-kinetic sensitivity. I could work with people of all ages, helping them to get on with their lives, while getting on with my own.
How do you approach Rolfing?
The intent of my work is to make the most of Ida Rolf's vision of Structural Integration. In order to do that, input into a body must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Dr. Rolf's 10- session format offers that framework. It also provides the freedom to supplement it with techniques which enhance its goals. Tissue is released with proper direction, pressure, and timing. Each session progresses as that client's body leads the way. My traditional Rolfing practice has been enriched by my training in visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy techniques, which lend additional perspectives on the proper placement and movement patterns of the organs, digestive track, and cranium. Fundamentally, I continue to learn from my clients.
What do you like best about your work?
Each client presents a different set of life circumstances as well as different structural patterns. Yet the universal framework identified by Dr. Rolf serves all. It is important to me to be sensitive and responsive to the individual needs of my clients and form a true partnership in the work. It gives me joy to see people literally move and feel lighter, happier, and more engaged in their lives. Helping them meet their goals meets my own.