Working Online After COVID-19

Integrative Practices Emerging in Response to the Needs of a Digital Era
Pages: 48-53
Year: 2022
Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

Structure, Function, Integration – July 2022/ Vol. 50, No. 2

Volume: 50
ABSTRACT The COVID-19 epidemic of the past two years challenged manual therapists and movement educators around the world in ways that few could have previously imagined. While COVID-19 severely limited the conventional practice of structural integration (SI), it provided a unique opportunity for innovation in the online space. Applying a biopsychosocial model of engagement and integrating Rolf Movement®, Rolfing® SI philosophy, and Somatic Experiencing®, the author Kevin McCarthy illustrates the possibilities of working outside the limitations of a touch-based model. Discussing the legal, ethical, and practical approaches involved in making a transition to an online medium, McCarthy uses a case study to illustrate methods and approaches that translate effectively to both online and in-person offerings. Drawing heavily on his expertise in trauma work, pain science, and client education, McCarthy demonstrates how manual therapists may adapt to the limitations of a pandemicchallenged practice, and offers options for bringing manual therapy into the digital era.

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