I can't say it would be possible or practical to make a career change now in my life.
I can say what I would have done if I knew then what I know now.
I would have become a certified rolfer, and a part time yoga instructor.
Maybe u coud ease into it on a part time basis, slowly?
I heard that Rolfing is very painful; (not for the masseur).
Anyway, I hope that u will have everything work out the way u want.
Well, there is only one place in the United States where you can get certified, the Rolf Institute of Structural Intergration in Boulder Colorado.
the link below shows the coursework and inbetween study/internship periods.
I would have to quit my job, move to Colorado for several periods on and off, at a pretty hefty expense, not to mention the loss of mine and my husbands health insurance. Also, at this stage, I am not enthused about starting a new business, start up costs etc.
One of my best friends did just this a few years back, along with becoming a certified pilates instructor. She isn't married, and is very creative in finding ways to make enough money to get by. She's just a couple years younger than me, and is only at this point starting to make a living.
I did the going back to university as an adult to get a 2nd degree, at the beginning of my marriage. I did that for my self satisfaction to prove that I could be a scholar.
The rate of return in satisfaction at doing something that I've become such an advocate of, would not surpass what I would have to give up. One nice thing about the age I'm at is that I also have other creative outlets that have become very important to me.
I'm not sad, I just think if I were quite a bit younger, and knew myself better back then, that is a path I could have taken.
Perhaps there's another Chai in a parallel universe doing just that. That's a happy thought.
My rolfer was the one who suggested I take up yoga. The 2 compliment each other, making you more balanced and whole that if you just did one alone.
Although I'm amazed at how far I've come, there's not going to be a time in the next decade where my practice will have come far enough that I could teach others. There's just too many things that will take much time to unbind.
That's ok, it's not a race. I'm right were I should be.
No, rolfing is not painful, at least if it's done properly. There can be a lot of pressure at moments, and if some people choose to, they can call that pain. It's not like you're forced to endure. If the pressure is too much the rolfer backs off, come at it from another angle, etc.
I would visualize what was going on in my body, and it would make the pressure welcome. I suppose if you just wanted to lie there and not be an active participant in your well being, you wouldn't much like it.
I believe years ago, there was a tendancy to just push through, but it's been realized that is not necessary.
Just like yoga, it's not about wrapping your leg behind your head, it's about doing the best you can with who you are at that moment. The person who can lift their leg 1 inch is achieving the same benefit as the leg wrapper, if they are both doing what they can as perfectly as possible.
Anyway, I'll shut up now. I guess you can see I have quite a passion.