CORE work

"It's an honour to be the first clinic in the UK to offer CORE work ... this unique approach can benefit everyone"

Robert White - CORE work UK lead practitioner

CORE work

CORE work was created by Noah Karrasch (certified Rolfer and Massage practitioner) and is a modified version of 'Rolfing' originally developed by Dr. Ida Rolf in 1971. 

It was Dr. Rolf's theory that the cause of human discomfort, both physical and emotional may lie in our internal connective tissue (the fascia) and the relationship it has with the earth’s gravitational field. There is, she argued, an optimal, more natural alignment for each of us – an easier interaction between self and gravity. When through external factors this alignment is lost, it causes internal stress that can result in real discomfort. Prevent or correct the misalignment and you may eliminate or limit the stress. This is at the heart of Rolfing. It focuses on achieving release of the layers of fascia throughout the body, in a specific sequence — early work is superficial, middle work is deep and the final work is integrative to function.

In the development of CORE work, Noah honours and still uses this recipe for clients who want the total Rolfing experience, but has developed his own 5 series which he believes gives clients good value as well as lots of personal growth. CORE work can help to:

  • Alleviate acute and chronic pain
  • Correct alignment throughout the body
  • Improve posture
  • Increase lung capacity
  • Improve body awareness
  • Encourage a healthier lifestyle
  • Improve flexibility and CORE strength
  • Prevent Injury

Clients will often report feeling 'opened up', an expanded breath capacity and an increase in energy.

Generally CORE work is initiated by a 'series' consisting of 5 sessions with specific goals for each session. However, the first CORE session aims to cover the entire body and therefore serves as a good introductory session that clients can trial to see if the full series is for them.

The overall goals for a CORE series are to manually release and soften the core, the place deep within each of us where we hold on to all of life's challenges, disappointments, and trauma (physical and emotional). In the model of CORE work, this is the primary way to overall health … We — client and practitioner in partnership — challenge the core to soften, to release connective tissue holding patterns, and to integrate the changes into the body and mind of the client. Verbal cues by the practitioner are just as important as the manual body work skills used, as we ask the clients to examine their old ways of being and see what may be appropriate to change.

The body is made up of connective tissue layers known as fascia. The connective tissue can best be explained by using several different images:

  • First, imagine that the body is wearing five wetsuits and the third one down is too tight and on crooked
  • Second, visualise a sponge. If all the air bubbles contained muscle tissue, the sponge tissue itself is the too dry and too tight connective tissue
  • Finally, picture a freshly prepared stick of candy floss from the fair! When it is pulled out it is light and fluffy, as our connective tissue should appear - free and mobile to move. When you pull a piece of candy floss off, you scrunch it up into a sticky ball … this can occur in our connective tissue - drying up and becoming stuck.

The connective tissue is constantly changing and adapting in response to demands placed on an individual's body. It reacts to particular physical damage – to a joint for example – by producing extra tissue (remodelling) to enhance stability and support. However, it can produce more than is necessary. In time, rather than stabilising movement it can actually reduce mobility, leading to a changed postural position and altered patterns of movement. The role of the CORE worker is to help try to stretch and straighten the layers, realign and integrate this connective tissue into the most effective and appropriate configuration possible to alleviate pain and improve posture.

CORE work at Body 2 Fit

Here at Body 2 Fit, we combine the manual CORE work with Pilates and Yoga exercises to help optimise the results from each session. Following a manual CORE session, the client will be prescribed specific exercises to compliment the manual work and help sustain the changes to the layers of connective tissue.

Both of Body 2 Fit's principal practitioners, Rob White and Joy Feary, have completed training with Noah Karrasch in CORE work.

  • Rob White is one of only 2 practitioners in the UK that is fully qualified to level 4 and is the UK clinical lead in CORE work, helping to teach the method alongside Noah.
  • Joy Feary has completed over 100 hours of training in the method and is also qualified to provide a FULL 5 series on clients.

Rob is working alongside Noah in the US to further develop the CORE work method, integrating his skills as a Pilates teacher to achieve even greater results.

What to expect

Clients who choose a 5 series generally space the sessions one to two weeks apart.

Each session lasts approximately 60 to 75 mins.

Whilst it is easier to perform manual work if clients wear suitable light clothing, if that is uncomfortable for the client, you can choose to remain fully clothed.

The sessions are a very active partnership with the practitioner identifying and holding "stuck" places in the body's connective tissue whilst the client breathes and stretches to release these holding patterns. Throughout the series, each session will focus on a different area of the body but continue to integrate movement from the whole. The overall benefit is that with every session, a release of the holding tissue is achieved in several locations.

Postural cues and exercises are given to the client to enhance the work that has been done, the goal being to keep the client engaged and in charge of the process.

For more information on CORE work please contact at Body 2 Fit on (01642) 680 680 or email info@body2fit.co.uk

CORE work has revolutionised the way I think of and use my body .. a truly amazing experience

B. H. Eaglescliffe

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