Sleap’s Hyde is a small residential hamlet in St Albans area at the bottom of Sleapshyde Lane in Smallford, located very close to the A414 (the opposite side to Colney Heath). It is 2 to 3 minutes from Junction 3 of the A1(M) and about 7-10 minutes from the M25 and M1 Junction 8.
About 200 yards from the roundabout turn right down Sleapshyde Lane. 300 yards down take a sharp left into a small cul de sac which is the hamlet of ‘Sleap’s Hyde’ (‘The Plough’ pub at the end). Thanet House is third on the left – fields on the right. It has a large conifer hedge and shingle drive with space for parking (or park in the lane). Go through the side gate to the lodge at the bottom of the garden. Remove shoes upon entering and place on the shoe rack in the toilet.
The brief way to describe Rolfing is as a kind of body therapy that was created in the US in the late 1940’s. Originally called Rolfing Structural Integration, it was based on the discovery that when our posture is improved, our physiology, co-ordination and state of mind improves as well.
The basis of Rolfing is the initial 10-session Foundation series. Each of the ten sessions works with a specific area of the body, or rather approaches the whole body with a different lens. Each session builds on the result of the previous session and opens the space for the next one.
The Foundation series is in this sense the same for every client, while being at the same very different for everyone. Many people experience profound change during the Foundation series, and go on to enjoy occasional Rolfing sessions as part of their ongoing Rolfing Journey. Part of the Journey is guided by the Rolfer, and part of it is the expanded awareness of the client’s own body and the continuing process of discovery.
Although the precise benefits of the Rolfing Journey are highly individual, typical results include an improvement in posture and a lessening of the attending aches and pains, as well as improvement in athletic or just body-using performance and coordination.
Some specific issues I see again and again are:
- Chronic back pain relief
- Improving poor posture
- Relieving neck pain and shoulder tension
- Release jaw & face tension
Perhaps surprisingly, Rolfing can also benefit your body confidence, self awareness, and stress reduction. I also run courses specifically for improving body confidence and public speaking.
If this sounds like something you could benefit from, please contact me to book your first session and we can go from there.
The address of my practice in St Albans is:
Thanet House, Sleap’s Hyde, Smallford, St. Albans AL4 0SE.