Sharon's Stories
In the summer of 1972 my family became close friends with a family from Bolinas, California. They lived in a small house near the ocean that somehow fit all six children and the ensuing chaos. They were fine friends, brilliant and singular. We shared many of our interests with them in those years. We had more fun playing with everyone in George Simon’s Community for Conscious Evolution in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, and of course, there was Esalen and our friends there with the endless baths, great food, and always something new and interesting happening. We also introduced them to Rolfing. After I had finished working on the mom, she said to me that she knew just the kid for me to start on out of her six; her youngest, the four year old, who had a “gimpy” leg. The boy’s leg trouble had started with an accident when he had been two and a half years old. His…
While I do believe the best way to learn how to work with scar tissue is to have someone show you how to do it, perhaps something written will indicate the path well enough for some of you become curious and start experimenting. Some orientation might be useful, so I will start with the story of the first scar. It was 1973 when, Hector Prestera, MD and I moved from living in a wonderful hand made wooden house on the Hudson’s mountain 1500 feet above Esalen into Carmel Valley. We wanted to live as close as we could to our dear friends at Esalen and still be near a decent school Hector’s two young boys. Esalen did not have a school until several years later when the director Dick Price had a daughter. Dick then realized the lack and Esalen’s own Gazebo school was created. Hector is a fine physician, board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He was also…
In the late 1960’s, I audited and practitioned with Dr. Rolf at the River-house in Big Sur, after which I took the first Aston Patterning/Rolf Movement class with Judith Aston at Esalen. In 1972, I took a second practitioners class with Dr. Rolf at the Adams house at Esalen and in 1978, I audited with Michael Salveson in Berkley. Finally, in 1979 I took the Advanced Class with Dr. Rolf in Philadelphia. Today I maintain a practice in Structural Integration in Port Orchard, Washington and also teach continuing education classes for Structural Integrators. I was on the Esalen Staff, teaching Esalen Massage when Fritz Perls discovered Rolfing and brought it to Esalen. Dr. Rolf was teaching in Los Angeles. She thought it might be interesting to train Hector Prestera, MD, who was the Esalen doctor. She thought there was a good chance he would have an open mind. As Hector and I were a couple, I went to LA to…
The year is about 1986, and it all centers on a wonderful Southern gentleman named Al Rose. I will relate a few of the highlights I remember of Al, my time in New Orleans, and how I came to rolf a legend of Jazz. I was working in Maryland practicing Rolfing®Structural Integration.My husband, Steve Hancoff, was also a Rolfing practitioner and a guitarist. Steve was performing ragtime and jazz at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. Most of the musicians rode the night train from Sedalia to the Riverboat Festival in St. Louis, and they would play music for themselves together on the train.We had just finished a recording and Steve was giving one to everyone in the train car.There was only one person left – a Southern gentleman elegantly dressed in a three-piece white suit.As Steve gave him the tape he said, I don’t know who you are, but here is one for you.The southern gentleman said,“Why…