This sort of flexibility is not about whether you can touch your toes. It's about being able to move comfortably in a variety of settings. It's about feeling confident that your body can carry you through what your mind wants to do. It's about experiencing the freedom to try new things and adapt to new challenges, rather than being stuck in the same old boring rutt. This is the flexibility of youth that is attainable at any age.
One of the reasons we tend to get stiff, achey, and injured easier as we age has to do with how our fascia tries to make things easier on us. We all know that weight bearing exercise makes our bones denser. In the same way, the fascia that surrounds our muscles responds to physical stress by producing more collagen fibers organized to resist force that comes in the same direction. This makes the the fascia harder, so that the associated muscles don't have to work so hard to deal with the same stress. Pretty great, right?
The tricky part is that this hardening of the fascia is only helpful to resist force in that same direction of the original stress, and it limits motion in other directions. That means that if we've been stressing our bodies by sitting hunched over at a computer for hours and hours (years), our helpful fascia will harden in a way that makes it difficult to do anything but hunch. Getting into a postural rutt means that certain areas of our body get overworked and others weaken from lack of use. Movement gets less and less efficient, we get more and more exhausted, and the pieces of our bodies start to fall apart.
The good news is that Rolfing® SI can restore youthful mobility to the hardened fascia, as well as help us to start using our bodies in ways that put less wear and tear on the muscles and joints. Over time, we can regain youthful mobility and the confidence to go with it. We get stiff as we age because we tend to only practice moving in certain ways and our bodies get used to them. What I do can help people get rid of the stiffness that's there and keep it from coming back.