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Meet Certified Advanced Rolfer Jennifer Soon of Rejenbody

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Soon.

Jennifer, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I found Rolfing when I had lower back issues that limited my movement and left me in pain daily. I was in physical therapy, on anti-inflammatories, and was inactive for 3 months with no improvement. A chiropractor I had been seeing wasn’t getting the results he hoped for and recommended I see a Rolfer when I found no relief from other forms of treatment. Yes, the first response was, “A WHAT!??”

I had a microdiscectomy in college from a herniated disc which was causing sciatic pain. Apparently, the scar tissue from the surgery was causing restrictions in my connective tissue (which the Rolfer referred to as Fascia). I went through ten sessions and as my body alignment was starting to restore, I felt lighter, more mobile and more upright in my body – and in life as well.

I love to be active – ski, tennis, yoga, kayak, rock climb, salsa, tango, tai chi (almost anything you throw at me, really) – and understand how not feeling at ease in our bodies can hold us back from activities we enjoy. Simple things that usually wouldn’t stress us out become overwhelming, affecting our emotional and mindful state of being, in turn, affecting those we interact with.

I felt relief after the first two sessions and was out of pain after four sessions, I learned more about my body, how pain and injuries create patterns of dysfunction and how to be more aware of my movements. At the end of the sessions, I left my corporate job, went to Boulder, Colorado, to study at the Rolf Institute and became a Rolfer myself.

I have a background of computer science, product management and marketing and as crazy as it sounds, discovered a kinship with many others who had similar stories about how they became Structural Integrators as well.

That was ten years ago I started my journey. Since then, I’ve learned that the more you know, the less you know. From its structure, the relationships of the muscles, to the viscera (organs), vascular, nervous and lymphatic system, and how the brain interprets and responds to the signals it receives…its complexity is truly humbling and incredible.

Venturing into a new field out of my comfort zone was unnerving (as I’m sure a lot of you out there can relate to), and there’s no manual on how to start your practice after you graduate but learning from and educating each other on how to move mindfully, watching clients actively take better care of themselves and meeting like-minded people within this community has been and continues to be a fulfilling and extraordinary part of my life.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Feeling like you never know enough and meeting client expectations.

Clients don’t really realize how much we spend on education, researching, refining and developing our craft and techniques. Expectations can be set pretty high. Most are willing to repeatedly see chiropractors, doctors, physical therapists for months and see it as part of the process towards getting out of pain. Rolfing Structural integration is still not a widespread word on the street. By the time someone comes in for a session, they have tried many other modalities (much like my own experience) – they want out of pain. A common question is, “How many sessions will it take?”

More than anything, we equally want to see you out of pain as soon as possible so you can get back to having an active life and feel good in your body. We have been there, too.

Sometimes this takes effort on the part of the client – being aware of habitual movements that may be contributing to the dysfunctional patterns, exercising or doing the recommended movement homework, and understanding that each individual has layer over layer of learned compensations over the years that we are working to unwind and release.

We do the best we can and we work with your feedback to make available as much freedom and ease of movement within your structural capacity.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Rejenbody – what should we know?
Structural Integrators help restore your relationship with your body in gravity. We learn to feel for restrictions and tension and work with you to create more space and length wherever it is needed to allow fluidity in movement and alignment in your structure.

Some practitioners integrate visceral, nerve, lymph, vascular, cranial, movement work and other approaches in their sessions. We work as a community with the client’s health and wellness in mind and to better understand how to meet a client’s goals.

Practitioners are not looking to set ourselves apart from one another but to support each other with those intentions and grow into our understanding of the body as a whole and the interplay among its systems.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Intention and Integrity. We do our best and sometimes that may not be enough to create the changes someone is looking for but we are genuine in our efforts.

Empathy and holding space. Being able to listen, receive and be present to what is being shared by the client and what their body is communicating.

And one of my favorite phrases from a teacher is, “letting go of any need to succeed.” Honoring and maintaining humility in the fact that their body is allowing you to work with them and allowing changes to happen. They allow you in…

We are not perfect, these are all practices.

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Jose Luis Solar

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