Rolfing® Structural Integration in Longmont and Nothern Colorado

About Lauren

Lauren graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine Science and Agriculture Economics.  She had the intention of going to vet school but after herniating a disc in her lower back she discovered the amazing benefits of Rolfing® Structural Integration.  This prompted her to enroll at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration where she became a certified Rolfer™. While at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration she studied under Ray McCall, Jon Martine and Ashuan Seow as well as Continuing Education with Liz Stewart. 

Working with people is amazing but did not feel complete, so Lauren went on to study Equine Rolfing® Structural Integration for horses at the Equine Natural Movement school in Washington under the guidance of Joseph Freeman. Working with the horses has added a new dimension to her work. It allows her to address the integration of both the horse and rider by facilitating better connection and harmony.

Currently offering the Rolfing® Structural Integration series for people and horses in Colorado!”

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Schedule Appointment

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For an appointment you can call 720-341-5586

or send an email to Body_in_harmony@yahoo.com

Sessions are $110 per session(75minutes)

Military/Law Enforcement/Fireman rate is $85

Office Located at:

1254 Sherman Drive Unit One

Longmont, CO 80501

1254 Sherman Dr one, Longmont, CO 80501

Forms to Download for Appointment

Intake Form

Consent

Child Consent Form

Cancellation Policy

 Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

 

Ten Series

“In Structural Integration, we expect to give a cycle of 10 sessions. There is a reason for this. We are not dealing with local problems. We are not dealing with the kind of thing that you can say, ‘Well, I fixed that, that’s all.’ We are dealing with an intent to make a body more secure, more adequate within the field of gravity. This requires that muscles be balanced, and need to be balanced around a vertical line. And when I talk about balancing muscles, I’m talking about balancing the right side against the left side. About balancing the front of the body against the back of the body and, finally, about balancing the innermost muscles against the outermost, the inside against the outside, this is the most important of these balances, and we start from the outside working in, and it takes ten hours before we can get to the place where we can really balance the outside against the inside.”

–Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D

The ten series is a set of ten sessions that are designed in a way to unravel and balance the body. This allows for greater rang of motion, decrease in chronic pain and better posture. Each session has a focuses on a specific territory and always looks at the body in a holistic way. Each session is customized to the client. Even though the territory may be the same no two session look alike. Here is a breakdown of what the ten series will consist of. It is a recipe that assists in educating people about their bodies and increasing their awareness.

  • What is Rolfing® Structural Integration
  • Benefits
  • What to Expect
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Equine Rolfing ® Structural Integration
  • Athletes
  • Military
  • Rolfing ® SI For Pregnancy and Postpartum Mothers

Body in Harmony offers Rolfing ® Structural Integration sessions that serve to remove restrictions in the connective tissues and allow for a healthier alignment and body.

Rolfing® Structural Integration is a manual rehabilitative therapy that balances, re-patterns and realigns the body. This is achieved by repositioning the connective tissues (Fascia) using movement, pressure and awareness in the person through education about their body. Each session has a set of goals to systematically change the stress patterns within the person’s body so that they are able to move easier and have an overall increased level of well being.

Once this ease is found within the body new possibilities are presented to the person on a structural and energetic level. The process has the ability to help problems like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TMJ syndrome, neck pain, headaches, back pain, posture, athletic performance and overall well being. Rolfing® Structural Integration isn’t about the symptoms though, it is about bringing out the best in the person through balancing the body. When the body finds that sense of balance then the pain usually goes away and the true brilliance of the person is able to come to life. When less energy is required to deal with the body going through stress it has a greater capacity to function on other levels.

Sessions are $110 and last about an hour and fifteen minutes. See what to expect for more information on sessions.

(Military/Veteran/Law Enforcement rate is $85)

Office located in Longmont, Colorado

What to Expect

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

“If you can imagine how it feels to live in a fluid, light balanced body, free of pain, stiffness and chronic stress, at ease with itself and the Earth’s gravitational field; then you will understand the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration”
– Ida Rolf

Rolfing® Structural Integration gives people the possibility to transform their bodies into a being that represents their true brilliance. Anyone can benefit that is willing to take on the challenge (There are some contraindicated conditions that could alter the work) . Everyone has different results due to the uniqueness in all of us but there are some common experiences that have occurred due to Rolfing® SI .

  • Relief from Pain (sciatic, chronic pain, recovery from an injury and many other sources for pain)
  • Increased body awareness
  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Ease of Breath
  • Graceful Movement
  • Better Posture
  • Better alignment and feeling taller
  • Improved Athletic Performance
  • Changes that last
  • Decrease in stress and tension
  • Better sense of who they are

Before Ten Series and After Ten Series

Photo Courtesy of Rolf Institute of Structural Integration


My Story:

I was a sophomore in College when I herniated a disc in my back causing nerve issues in my left leg. It kept me from being able to do the things that I love. Even walking became a task that was difficult.  I tried numerous types of therapies and that is how I came across Rolfing® SI. Rolfing® SI was my saving grace. It helped me reduce the pain that I felt everyday. After going through a ten series I was able to do the activities I loved,  like riding my horse. It was also very helpful in helping me have a better sense of my body and who I am as a person. What I mean by this is it gave me tools to feel very comfortable in my skin and own it!

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

What a session is like:

  • The sessions last at least 75 minutes. We will start off with doing some analysis looking at movement, structure, patterns, and how things have changed between each session. We will then do manual manipulation work on the table as well as seated work.  Along with the hands on work the client will participate in different movements to enhance the work. We will explore your breath, body awareness and movement.

What to wear:

  • You comfort is the most important thing
  • Women- Please wear a bra and underwear that you are comfortable in. If possible please avoid wearing sports bras unless they are spaghetti straps.
  • Men- boxer briefs are best or underwear that you are comfortable in
  • Running Shorts may be worn to increase comfort level
  • You will be covered with a sheet or blanket during the session so that you dont feel exposed

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Will it be painful?

  • There is a common myth or misconception that Rolfing® SI is painful. This is not the case at Body in Harmony. The comfort of the client is respected and top priority. If there is discomfort with the level of pressure that indicates that there may by chronic tension stored in those tissues. When this happens and deeper work isn’t appropriate then adjustments will be made to ensure the level of depth is comfortable.

How does Rolfing® SI differ from Massage?

  • First and foremost the goals of the work differ as well as the way the person and their body is approached.
  • Massage is a type of bodywork that creates relaxation in the body, increased circulation and where the client is worked on. It is a very important type of bodywork that takes into consideration where the person is currently and helps them relax.
  • Structural Integration practitioners look through a “lense” that asks what does the person need to be more balanced, organized and comfortable in their body. The Rolfer™ and client work together in order to create change in the structure like alignment, range of motion, and find a place of higher function.

What is the Ten Series?

  • The ten series is basically one session broken down into ten. Each session has its own focus but the same overall goal. The first three sessions work with the out layers of the body. Sessions 4-7 work with the core of the body. Sessions 8-10 bring the work together to integrate the body.  For a more detailed explanations click here! Ten Series

Do I have to do a ten series?

  • No the ten series is not the only format because as a wise man once said “the ten series works on what is the same in people.” Once we see what you have going on then we can evaluate and decide if the ten series is right for you. If not, then we can do an abbreviated series or just take it session by session to see what your needs are. The ten series is going to be the best option for most people when they are starting out with Rolfing® Structural Integration.

What to expect between sessions?

  • After your session you will feel that things have shifted and at first it may cause you to be a bit sore almost as if you have just workouted. Next most people feel a sense of awareness and ease of movement.

What forms of Payment do you accept?

  • I accept cash, credit, and checks.

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Lauren offers Rolfing ® Structural Integration session for horses. She trained with Joseph Freeman at the Equine Movement school in Battleground, Wa.

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“Lauren is a gifted bodyworker for both humans and horses alike.  She combines a refined sensitivity to her clients’ needs with a wealth of ingrained techniques and approaches.  She has a way of unwrapping the restrictions in both people and equines in such a gentle, perceptive and comprehensive fashion that they melt into the experience.”

~Joseph Freeman (Head Trainer at The Equine Movement School)

Get your horses back in harmony with the Equine Rolfing® Structural Integration series!

What is Equine Structural Integration?

The goal of Equine Rolfing® Structural Integration is to bring the horse back to its Natural balance!

It is a manual rehabilitative therapy that balances re-patterns and realigns the body of the horse. This allows for a more fluid and graceful horse by returning it to a balanced state. The horse develops a new sense of awareness through this process as well as a sense of ease in their movements through repatterning the nervous system and connective tissues. Equine Structural Integration removes the compensations or patterns that have formed in the horse’s body due to the stresses of life.

What are sessions like?

Session last about 75 minutes and start off by learning about the horse and its movement. Slow hands on work is used to  work the entire body.  Sessions take place in their stall or if necessary in the cross ties. After the session the horse should have the day off and preferably the next day as well to let the horse integrate.

The sessions are generally done in a series of 5 sessions.  The sessions start with the more superficial layers of tissue and then slowly work deeper to unwind tensions in the horse’s body. In some cases it is a rehabilitation setting and more session are necessary.

FIVE SERIES

First Session- In this session rapport is established with the horse while working with the tension patterns. This allows for a deeper understanding of what direction the series is headed in.

Second Session- This session’s goal is to give the horse a better sense of support, increase security of moving off the ground and help bring out the power available in the hind end. The connective tissues in shoulders, pelvis and hip are freed up. The muscles and tendons of the legs are also differentiated.

Third Session- In the third session the goal is to integrate the different muscles groups to increase their function as a group not as individual muscles. This session works to create more fluidity and connection between the front and back end. Time is spent working with the spine and barrel to help the horse build this connection.

Fourth Session and Fifth Session- This is an integrating session where the new pattern established is strengthened so that the horse moves more fluidly as a whole. The fascia is maintained while the horse has the chance to integrate and reinforce the new way of moving.

 

Benefits of Equine Rolfing® Structural Integration

  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Increase suppleness, energy, and impulsion
  • Improve grace and fluidity
  • Increased Precision
  • Aid in injury recovery
  • Evoke a better personality

What to expect after a session

  • The horse should have the rest of the day off
  • The next day should be a light ride and if the horse is a jumper they should have a day free from jumping
  • After a session the horse will benefit from a hand walk or turnout
  • They may be extra playful as they explore their new body so keep that in mind that if they run too much in turnout you may want to bring them in
  • This time allows them to learn what their body is capable off

 

Sessions are $110 for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the horse.

 Mileage Fees for Farms an Hour or more from my office:

One hour-under two hours = $30

Two hours-under three hours  = $60

Three hours-under fours hours = $90

Etc…

(this is based on a one way, so for example if you are on hour away but round trip it’s two hours then you pay $30)

To schedule please call 720-341-5586 or email me at body_in_harmony@yahoo.com

Opening up the chest in order to free the Sternum

Note: You may also hear people calling this type of work Equine Myofascial release

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

 What Rolfing® Structural Integration can do for Athletes:

  • Reduce chance for injury
  • Assist in recovery from injury
  • Recover balance and flexibility
  • Improve performance

Athletes push themselves to the extreme and this can be very challenging on the body. If there are structural issues in addition to the stress of the activities it can make reaching our goals even harder. Rolfing® SI has the ability to help further training, assist in recovery from an injury and help maintain the body through training. While training for a particular activity our bodies are put through repetitive strains and this can cause tension patterns to remain in the body. Rolfing® SI may help rebalance the body and recover flexibility from repetitive moves. Whether you are a professional athlete or do it just for the pure joy, Rolfing® SI may be what you need to reach your goals!

There are many professional athletes that have benefited from Rolfing® SI. Here are a few examples.

  • Michelle Kwan
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Charles Barkley
  • Brian Orser
  • Olympians like Ben Hindle, Joe Greene and Sarah Will
  • Baseball players like Bob Tewksbury, Sean Casey and Craig Swan

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 Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

I offer a military discount for active and retired military in honor of my partner and others that sacrifice for our country.

For the expecting Mothers
• Once you have reached your second trimester, Rolfing ® Structural Integration is a successful option to help ease the stress related to your pregnancy by creating a more resilient body.
• One of the most important things is that we can work together to give you more support so that your body can handle the shifts and changes that are taking place.
• In addition to working with you, I also work with your partner in order to teach them skills they can use to support you and the baby.
• In pregnancy we would not be doing series work but if you do happen to get pregnant during your series then we will transition into the appropriate type of work until it is the right time to start series work again. Many women choose Rolfing ® SI during pregnancy because we focus on structural support and balance.
For the Postpartum Mother
• We can start light work as soon as the mother feels ready and then start/resume series work 3-6months after the child is born
• Benefits of doing work after postpartum are to restore strength and resilience, reduce the effects of scaring when and if a C section was performed, and to help give you back your sense of self.

 It is important to check with your physician to make sure that Rolfing® SI is appropriate for you during your pregnancy.

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Lauren saved me! Rolfing ROCKS! Your work has helped my back, neck and shoulders feel so much better! Everyone thinks rolfing is intense and a painful experience, nothing could be further from the truth! While the work is deep, Laurens technique is gentle and shes always aware of my comfort. Thank you Lauren! I look forward to my next session!

~Annie

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