We are taught to think of tension as readiness to react in response; that's not true.
Old military postures came from the martial arts; they put you in a position in which you are ready to act. In so doing, your whole extrinsic system comes under a high level of tension, and thought the extrinsic, the body as a whole, including the psychological aspect. We are taught to think of tension as readiness to react in response; that's not true. It's readiness to react to a fixed stimulus, a stylized attack. But those Eastern methods did something that we never do. When I was talking to Oscar Ichazo (founder of Arica), he told us a story about how he lived for six months with a teacher who attacked him on any and all occasions. He might be pouring his cream or anything else, and the teacher would come up and - whap! He might be asleep at night; if he was sleeping too heavily to hear and feel, this guy came in and knocked him out. Now people went thought that kind of training in the martial arts to foster readiness to react. We don't do that. What I'm trying to say is we have upped one side of balance, and we haven't done a thing about the other.
"Ida Rolf Talks About Rolfing and Physical Reality" edited and with an introduction by Rosemary Feitis"