(Noah) Steven Karrasch, founder of the CORE Care Group in Springfield, MO grew up near St Joseph, MO in the US. After a successful music career he was led to Ida Rolf’s book Ida Rolf Talks About Rolfing and Physical Reality (Rosemary Feitis, 1978, Healing Arts Press, Burlington, VT). This book totally opened his mind to the importance of bodywork with Ida Rolf’s opening quote: “This is the gospel according to Rolf: When gravity gets flowing appropriately through the body, then spontaneously the body heals itself.”
Noah began the Rolf training in 1984, was certified in 1986, and received advanced certification from the Guild for Structural Integration in 1991. He has continued to develop and evolve his work which he now calls CORE* Fascial Release Bodywork (*Coax Order, Restore Energy). In addition to his Springfield clinic he maintains limited practices in Columbia, MO; Fayetteville and Little Rock, AR, Austin, TX; and at the Wren Clinic and North London School of Sports Massage in London.
Clients come to CORE Bodywork and Rolfing for a variety of reasons. Many are experiencing pain and view deep bodywork as a last resort. Others want to simply maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. Still others view deep bodywork as an appropriate adjunct to other therapies. Noah endeavors to meet every client where they are, to work to release holding patterns from the client’s bodymindcore, and to help them live more fully and joyfully from their own CORE experience.
Additionally Noah has had an influence on students of bodywork in the Midwestern US and now in the UK as well. He believes too many massage therapists learn just a bit about deep work and are ill-equipped to practice the technique. For the past 18 years he has offered continuing education to therapists around the Midwestern US, teaching them to touch bodies respectfully at an appropriate layer. He certified his first class of students at CORE Bodywork Level III in the UK in May of 2011, and saw another class that certified two Level IV workers in November of 2012.
Noah recently wrote “Meet Your Body: CORE Bodywork and Rolfing Tools to Release Bodymindcore Trauma” (Singing Dragon Press, London, 2009). His intent was to challenge ordinary people to think about and take care of their bodies more fully. It is available through www.amazon.co.uk, at the Wren Clinic, at your local bookstore, or through the publisher, www.jkp.co.uk.
A new book, titled Freeing Emotions and Energy Through Myofascial Release, was released in January 2012. This book, while geared primarily toward bodyworkers, is for therapists of all stripes who are interested in the relationship of stuck emotions to problems the bodymindcore holds. It encourages the recognition and release of these emotions and their attendant conditions. This book will also be available through either the publisher, Singing Dragon, or amazon.co.uk (see above).
Noah is our visiting practitioner in Rolfing and CORE Bodywork, coming over twice a year for about four weeks at a time. He will next be available at the Wren, primarily on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 29 Apr until 21 May. Cost per one hour session is £80. While on these visits, he also teaches bodywork courses for massage therapists. On this spring trip he’ll be presenting CORE I Intensive and CORE II Intensive in London, and CORE I at Wynyard Park (Teesdale). Phone the Wren clinic for bookings or additional information. Email Noah for additional information about courses.
- Dupuytren’s Disease: Pioneering new treatments for a crippling condition November 4, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
“Dupuytren’s Disease is a condition almost entirely restricted to people of Northern European descent and is most common in patients over the age of 60. The condition affects the fascial layer of the palm, between the skin and the tendons. The fascia thickens and develops first nodes, and eventually long strands of fiber that extend into the fingers. The fingers are forced to clench inward toward the palm, starting with the small and ring fingers and oftentimes affecting the entire hand, including the thumb.”
- Why your desk job is slowly killing you November 1, 2010
Even if you exercise, the more hours a day you sit, the greater your risk of early death.
Hamilton’s take, which is supported by a growing body of research, is that the amount of time you exercise and the amount of time you spend on your butt are completely separate factors for heart-disease risk. New evidence suggests, in fact, that the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how much you exercise or how lean you are. That’s right: Even a sculpted six-pack can’t protect you from your chair.
Read more here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39523298/ns/health-mens_health/
- Barefoot Running Strides into the Mainstream with Pros and Cons for Runners November 2, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Until recently, running shoeless has had little more than a fringe following of enthusiasts. However, new research and the popularity of “five finger” shoes–a minimalist shoe that fits the foot like a glove–has barefoot running striding into the mainstream.
Read more here: http://newsblaze.com/story/2010102516300200001.pnw/topstory.html
- Gentle exercise key to easing lower back pain October 19, 2010
Gentle exercise key to easing lower back pain – Intensity, positions must be decided on age and condition
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Gunnar Mossberg reports: “Acute low back pain affects up to 80 percent of the population at some time, often repeatedly. Research studies have shown that exercise therapy is one of the few treatments for low back pain with moderately strong evidence of effectiveness. However, studies have also shown that exercise therapy for people with low back pain is vastly underutilized.”
- New research shows biological changes in body from a good massage September 27, 2010
“MASSAGE: New research shows biological changes in body from a good rub-a-dub-dub”
September 22, 2010
Researchers took 53 adults and gave 29 of them a 45-minute session of deep-tissue Swedish massage and the other 24 to a session of light massage.
To the amazement of some of the researchers they found through examining the test subjects blood workups after the massage that a single session of massage caused positive biological changes in he body.
Volunteers who got the Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva, and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.