Rolfing. What is it?
It is a soft-tissue manipulation in which a massage therapist or physical therapist loosens and lengthens tight, shortened fascia. (Remember: fascia is the connective tissue that wraps around muscle and facilitates their movement.) This technique corrects imbalances and restores alignment. The focus on fascia is what distinguishes it from massage which usually targets muscles.
How did it get its name?
Ida P. Rolf. This woman was a biochemist from New York, and she created rolfing in the 1930s. It was based on the theory that when an injury occurs, the fascia tightens around a muscle or joint in an attempt to protect it. However, if the constriction remains, it can prevent muscles and joints from moving freely.
Now for a PSA about fleece sheets. Don’t buy them. When A and I switched my guest bedroom bed (a queen) with my old bed (a double), I no longer had flannel sheets for my bed. It’s winter. I need flannel sheets in the winter. I know, I know. I live in NC, but did you see all that snow we got last week? I woke up to this:
So, yes, I still want flannel sheets. A went out and bought me some sheets that he thought were flannel. It turns out they were fleece. And fleece sheets make THE BIGGEST MESS EVER. They are constantly creating fuzz that gets stuck to your PJs which then gets tracked into the bathroom and then downstairs and so on and so forth. Needless to say, the flannel sheets we ordered from Bed, Bath, and Beyond got put on my bed last night. I debated burning the fleece sheets, but that would just cause a mess, so they went into a garbage bag and will be given to Goodwill.
Quote of the Day:
“Some people think your life changes forever the moment you cross the finish line. It doesn’t. Your life changes forever the moment you decide to go to the start line.” -Anonymous
So about two weeks ago I decided on a Friday night that I wanted homemade pizza for dinner. I didn’t want to wait for yeast to rise for forever, so I made this Fast Rising Pizza Yeast. It gets the job done. Obviously, if you have time to let your yeast rise, that’s the way to go, but sometimes you just need a homemade pizza now!
Fast Rising Pizza Yeast
– 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 cups AP flour
– 1 envelope Fleishmann’s pizza yeast
– 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
– 3/4 teaspoon salt
– 2/3 cup very warm water
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– add garlic powder, oregano, etc. as desired
– Preheat oven to 425*.
– Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and oil. Mix together until well-blended.
– Gradually add 1/2 cup flour until a soft ball of dough is formed (it will be slightly sticky).
– Knead on a floured surface adding flour if needed until smooth and elastic (about 4 minutes).
– Roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Add toppings.
– Bake on the bottom rack for 12-15 minutes.