What is The Living Line
The Living Line is a studio which provides service to improve structural alignment, postural awareness, economy of movement and education for the practice of integrating the human structure with gravity.
The goal of The Living Line is to empower you to be able to refine function by increasing freedom of movement and ease of rest.
The following are the core values that guide practice:
Providing education is the primary means of all intervention and a principal method of continuing practice competency.
The Living Line is committed to always provide the best possible service.
The Living Line is interested in working with any person of any age who wishes to improve their postural awareness and ability to perform professional, sport, leisure and personal day to day activities with less pain and greater freedom of movement.
Intervention is present and always evolving. The Living Line is a commitment to sacred art.
As an Occupational Therapist and Advanced Structural Integration Practitioner I am primarily concerned with structure, function, and the relationships between the physical, cognitive and affective patterns that shape how we manifest our daily lives. I am trained in traditional Occupational Therapy methodology of activity analysis as well as the Rolf method of Structural Integration; a modality of wholebody connective tissue release and guided movement training developed by Dr.Ida P. Rolf in the 1950's. Structural Integration balances the connective tissues that shape the body around the bony structure. Her goal was to improve balance and posture to create a structure that is supported and able to move freely within the gravity field.
Eliminate or reduce chronic pain
Release holding patterns and habitual strain
Increase freedom of movement
Improve body alignment
Increase self awareness
Increase joint function
Small Businesses and Corporations
Reduce workplace injuries associated with awkward postures and stationary positions
Effective whole body rehabilitation following injury
Increase success with return to work programs
Reduce rate or re-injury
"An unbalanced body will compensate to combat the downward pull of gravity. The resulting distress is cumulative the body becomes more and more out of balance as time passes." This is the Gospel of Structural Integration, "When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then spontaneously, the body heals itself."
Dr. Ida P. Rolf
Dr. Ida Rolf treating a patient
Sarah Taylor B.Sc. OT
My name is Sarah Taylor. I am a graduate of the University of Alberta where I studied Occupational Therapy between 1998 and 2003. Since my graduation I have been enjoying life in Rossland, B.C where I currently work as an Occupational Therapist for The Living Line, Seasons Consulting Group Ltd. and the Interior Health Authority of B.C. My role as an Occupational Therapist affords me with experience in task analysis, assessment of function and means of direct intervention. I have experience in assessment and intervention to increase functional performance for orthopedic (physical), cognitive and affective patterns that affect the performance and participation in professional, sport, leisure and routine day to day activity.
From spring to fall 2010, with the intention of increasing my understanding of the mechanical and energetic relationships of the human structure, I completed my Basic and Advanced training at the Guild For Structural Integration where I trained with Emmett Hutchins, Neal Powers, Amber Leigh Burnham, and Jason Pan Esterle. Since completing my training at The Guild For Structural Integration I have been studying and refining my awareness of the dynamic relationship between structure and function.
In 2011, I registered The Living Line as my commitment to this practice. My work is based on the belief that the human form integrated with gravity through structural balance and conscious movement while performing daily activity will have a heightened sense of self and greater overall wellbeing.
A client Before and After a Basic 10 series adjustment.
"The basic law of Rolfing is that you add structure to the body. In so doing, you demand a change in function." -Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. Founder of Structural Integration
Structural Integration is a hands on approach of connective tissue release to promote structural alignment of the body and teach the principles of movement. The primary goal is to facilitate the relationship between gravity and the human structure. Much like a sculptor works with clay, a Structural Integration Practitioner works with the connective tissue in a protocol to balance the body around "The Line", the natural vertical and horizontal axis. The practitioner utilizes gentle pressure in oblique and sheering angles and guided movement to release restrictions in the connective tissue layers. The result is a more balanced symmetrical system characterized by strength, resiliency, elasticity and natural length. This allows for more graceful movement and greater ranges of flexibility. Structural Integration changes the body's compensations by working out old habit patterns in favor of more ergonomic ways of being.
Dr. Ida Rolf's method of Structural Integration is a sequential series of sessions designed to establish structural balance of the whole person in three-dimensional space.
Occupational Therapy is a rehabilitation science that promotes functional wellbeing by enabling independence and participation in meaningful activity. Occupational Therapists analyze activity and assess functional performance by considering relationships between the person, the environment and the activity being performed in order to make recommendations and intervention plans designed to improve and refine functional performance. Occupational Therapists are trained to identify and assess physical, developmental, mental and emotionally disabling conditions and use a variety of treatment methods that develop, recover or maintain an individuals unique abilities.