Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being by Ida P. Rolf presents an interesting take on the question of body and mind. She invokes the “sound mind in a sound body, “ essentially insisting that the mind cannot be sound when the body is out of whack.
What I wanted out of the book I found: close observation of alignment and discussion of underlying structure. She states the problems of current culture as expressed in our bodies well: forward heads, rounded shoulders, aching backs, dysfunctional hips and feet. Whether her plan for correcting the issues is correct, I do not know, but the discussion is interesting.
Also, if it takes an entire chapter to answer the question of whether the process if painful, the answer is yes.