Well this is one way to improve posture

Well, a good friend sent this picture to me awhile back.  Apparently, there is a store here in Portland selling this contraption.  It is definitely one way to help your child have better posture.

Of course, another way would be to engage your child in learning how to move properly (or quite frankly, in today’s sedentary society, move at all).  There are of course times when some health care treatments are needed, but many times, bigger problems down the road can be avoided by a little upfront work.  And hey, getting yourself moving with your kids isn’t a bad idea.

Happy May Day

Happy May Day, Portland.  It’s a nice, sunny day out, so make sure to get out there and enjoy some sunshine.

Beautiful, Verdant Portland

Why do I love Portland?  Because it’s February, and even though the weather is still cold, things are springing to life.

I am originally from Chicago, and grass starts to turn green around April.  Grass (what little there is) barely turns brown here if at all, and it starts to grow again in January.

I mean, come on people…it’s February and trees and bushes are all ready starting to bloom….that’s AMAZING.

Children’s Clinic a big success

The annual children’s clinic went well this year. It was my second year in attendance. There were four Rolfers present this year, and we were able to help 8-10 kids (you try counting when they are running all over the place).

Even though children’s bodies are still developing, Rolfing can be extremely beneficial for them. Kids are still learning how to use their bodies, and the earlier to help them find and use different options for movement, the better off they will be in the long run. It can also be surprising how much tension can be found in kid’s bodies, so Rolfing can help in that regard as well. Also, children getting therapeutic touch now (as well as loving touch and contact from their families) sets them up for much more emotional/psychological success in the future.

However, kids can’t process as much neurological input as an adult would, so sessions then to be shorter. It is also important the child want to receive the work, and not just the parent wanting them to get it. Just like any session, the client should be involved and want to be there.

Free Rolfer’s Childrens Clinic

Several Rolfer’s from the Portland area, myself included, will be sponsoring the annual Rolfer’s Childrens Clinic.  It will be held on Saturday, April 19th, 2008 from 9-11AM.  Generally, the mini-sessions will be 10-30 minutes in length.  And, did I mention that it’s totally FREE!!!  The treatments can be for concerns such as scoliosis, growing pains, pigeon toes, etc.   You could even use it as a trial run to see if your child would be interested in getting more sessions outside of the free clinic.

The location is to be announced, but it should be located on the near eastside of town.  If you want to make a reservation for your child, please call Karin Edwards at 503-230-0087 to schedule a time.

North Star Integration moves to its new home

North Star Integration has opened its doors at our new location in downtown Portland. Feel free to come on down and check out the new space. We are located in the Stevens Building at:

812 SW Washington St., Ste 1015
Portland, OR 97205
http://www.NorthStarIntegration.com
503-933-8066

Now serving Portland!

North Star Integration is excited to be serving Portland, Oregon for it wellness needs. We currently offer Rolfing® Structural Integration by Jon Grossart, Certified Rolfer (OR LMT #13752). Please give us a call if you have any questions.