IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 132-133
Year 2024
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 128-131
Year 2024
Editor’s note: In January 2024, Wolf Wagner, PhD, submitted an article to Structure, Function, Integration for publication in the June 2024 issue. He wanted to honor his friend and colleague, Dr. Hans Flury (1945-2023), by publishing the notes he took during a lecture that Flury gave in 2014. Sadly, we are now publishing this article posthumously, with the blessing of his wife, Renate “Male” Mueller. MaryAnn Skillman has graciously written a few thoughts about Wolf’s legacy. His article – The High and the Low Road: A Reconstruction of a Dr. Hans Flury Lecture – follows. We extend our deepest condolences to Renata “Male” Mueller, Wolf’s wife, and all his friends and family.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 122-127
Year 2024
Editor’s note: To celebrate the career of Rolfing® Instructor, Larry Koliha, we have a collection of writings from those who knew him well: Bethany Ward, Kevin McCoy, Brett Linder, Neal Anderson, and Russell Stolzoff. We extend our deepest condolences to Bethany Ward, Larry’s wife, his children, and all his friends and family.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 112-121
Editor’s Note: To honor the legacy of Dr. Maitland, we have: (1) A reprint of “The Tao of Rolfing” by Jeffrey Maitland, PhD, originally appearing in this publication, on page 1 of the 1990 May/ June (volume 18, issue 2) when we were called Rolf Lines. (2) A collection of remembrances by colleagues: Jan H. Sultan, Michael Salveson, Peter Schwind, PhD, Pedro Prado, PhD, Tara Detwiler, and Russell Stolzoff. We extend our deepest condolences to LeeAnn Maitland, Jeff’s wife, his children, and all his extended family and friends.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 106-111
Year 2024
ABSTRACT Holism and reductionism both play a role in the philosophical origins of healthcare. In this article, Rolfer® Alan Richardson compares the holistic nature of Dr. Ida Rolf’s work and philosophies with the reductionist methodologies of allopathic medicine.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 101-105
Year 2024
ABSTRACT This case study is of a client who had bilateral mastectomies and then had a five-session series of Rolfing® Structural Integration, a fascial-focused therapy. The client, JD, was a thirty-nine-year-old breast cancer survivor who had had six surgeries and radiation to treat breast cancer. The treatment protocols included scar tissue release, proprioceptive mapping, and fascia release techniques in the Rolfing paradigm. Positive results were observed with regard to an increased range of motion in humeral flexion returning to a normal range, and the pain was alleviated.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 94-100
Year 2024
ABSTRACT Elisa Jane Noel, former Board Chair of the Guild for Structural Integration, talks about her mentor, Emmett Hutchins (1934-2016), with Editor-in-Chief of Structure, Function, Integration, Lina Amy Hack.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 82-93
Year 2024
ABSTRACT Author Briah Anson speaks about her forty-five-year career as a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner. Lina Amy Hack interviews Anson about her 2023 second edition of Rolfing®: Stories of Personal Empowerment. Anson is passionate about getting the word out to the general public about the health and vitality that people experience after having Rolf’s work. Her books feature how she has been able to support the growth and recovery of people of all ages, from infancy to older adulthood. Also, her love of animals led her to develop an expertise in working with animals of all kinds, including horses, dogs, birds (wild and domestic), and one cougar named Brent.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 72-81
Year 2024
ABSTRACT Talking about his book Assessment and Treatment Methods for Manual Therapists (2023), Jeffrey Burch reflects on his years of studying and teaching manual therapy techniques. A lifelong learner, Burch discusses Dr. Rolf, osteopathy, and developing his manual therapy toolbox. Interviewer Jeffrey Kinnunen asks Burch to differentiate some manual therapy terms: direct/indirect, barrier, lesion, adhesion, and restriction.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 60-70
Year 2024
ABSTRACT In this interview, Rolfing® instructor Marius Strydom presents his path to becoming the first Rolfer in South Africa and his spatial approach to the work. Strydom explains how space is subjective for each person and that Rolfers invite inquiries into their clients’ perception of space by asking about what they are specifically experiencing. Developing a broad perceptual field for both internal body space and the space around one’s body helps people stay in the present moment and have the possibility of a new body experience.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 50-59
Year 2024
ABSTRACT In structural integration, practitioners pay attention to the client’s body orientation in space, how they move on the ground, and the qualities they have when organizing vertically in gravity. Taken all together, there is a resonance as to how a person orients to their outer world and their inner world. In this article, Jörg Ahrend-Löns describes this resonance in relationship with developmental and structural responses to gravity. He presents the postural triangle, where the foot is considered a sensory structure intimately involved in organizing a person’s structure in gravity, alongside the vestibular and visual systems. Several examples are presented. Ahrend-Löns explains how to access feeling resonance with breath and how structural integration is, in a way, translating the resonant language of the body so that clients may have more freedom of movement and a deepened sensitivity to staying in the present moment.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 34-49
Year 2024
ABSTRACT Rolf Movement Instructor Hiroyoshi Tahata offers a method for Rolfers to bring spatial awareness and attunement into their sessions by working with ma – the empty space and time in between people. By tracking his internal sensations, Tahata describes turning the practitioner’s presence into an instrument of change for the client. Instead of focusing on taking all stiffness away from his clients with manual interventions only, Tahata writes that he prefers working towards suitable tone to help clients experience spaciousness and comfort with ma. He presents the Resonating Tensegrity Model designed by Yasushi Kajikawa and the exquisite balance that is possible when a person lives with suitable tone in their body. He presents three case studies to illustrate this practice. Working with ma offers the potential for working remotely with Rolfing clients, which is discussed. Tahata reports that tracking a stress biomarker in the client’s urine offers correlational evidence that using ma does reduce the oxidative stress of the client’s physiology.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 30-33
ABSTRACT Advanced Rolfing Instructor Jan Sultan outlines his definition of gravity, informed by physicist Dr. John Archibald Wheeler and founder of Rolfing Structural Integration Dr. Ida P. Rolf. According to Sultan, Rolf would talk about the ‘Line’ as a logo of relationship as a teaching tool for practitioners to think about mass, density, and gravity. Rolf taught that humans have a tropistic urge, an innate sense to go away from the planet. Yet Sultan urges Rolfers to think beyond Newtonian terms to Wheeler’s spacetime definition of gravity, where spacetime grips mass and mass grips spacetime. This leads Sultan to inquire if the mind has mass.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 24-29
Year 2024
ABSTRACT Jan H. Sultan offers an overview of nerve work from a structural perspective. He describes how the work of physiotherapist David S. Butler and osteopath Jean-Paul Barral, DO, has led the way to understanding the role neural connective tissue manipulation can play in facilitating recovery from many chronic pain symptoms. Sultan maps out some ideas about nerve structure, cranial nerve paths, and the ligamentous nature of some people’s neural tissue. While Jeffrey Burch is also a structuralist, his discussion focuses on giving insight into his process of treating nerves. As a well-studied manual therapy technician and author, Burch has a few thoughtful examples to consider and where to apply caution.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 15-23
Year 2024
ABSTRACT In the first “Meet My Rolfer®” column, Lina Amy Hack interviews her Rolfer, Dean Bergstrom. They discuss Bergstrom’s practice in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, and how he went from being a logger to a Rolfer. There was a time that Bergstrom had a Rolfing® RV where he and his wife Sue Bergstrom did a seventeen day circuit offering Rolfing sessions and Skillful Touch Massage sessions to their region of Canada. Bergstrom and Hack talk about how they met and became colleagues.
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IRWIN-MAYBERRY, H. Ro
NOEL, Elisa Jane
BERGSTROM, Dean
BRANDL, Andreas
SHINNEMAN, Amy
URBANCZIK, Aleš
Don St. John
BAILEY, Greer
Lu Mueller-Kaul
SCHWIND, Peter
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
WANG, Tina J.
Pages: 6-14
Year 2024
ABSTRACT Researchers Andreas Brandl, DO, and Robert Schleip, PhD, Rolfing® Instructor, discuss their 2023 peer-reviewed publication about the increase of microcirculation observed in thoracolumbar fascia after a myofascial release protocol. Study design, measurement tools, and application for manual therapy practitioners are considered.
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HACK, Lina
Pages: 90-93
Year 2023
In this interview, Libby Eason, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI), describes the offer of membership to graduates of the Guild for Structural Integration in 2023. The Guild for Structural Integration announced dissolution after over thirty years of teaching the work of Ida Rolf, PhD (1896-1979) by Peter N. Melchior (1931-2005) and Emmett Hutchins (1934-2016). A process was put in place for Guild members who are in good standing to apply to join DIRI — an invitation to find a new professional home. Eason discusses the requirements and limitations of this offer.
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COHEN, Lynn
Pages: 86-89
Year 2023
T Relating her Rolfing practice with her musical practice, Lynn Cohen explores her journey of acquiring structural integration expertise alongside a relationship with her cello.
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KOEPKE, Tristan.
Pages: 78-85
Year 2023
This paper discusses teaching somatics in higher education and professional settings. The author examines his background in somatics, dance, and Rolfing® Structural Integration, as well as his research about racialized phenomenologies. The interspersed reflections and curiosities are to encourage engagement, including strategies for implementing antiracist and globally inclusive approaches to lesson planning and curriculum. The Rolfing Structural Integration Principles of Intervention were used as an overarching framework to discuss somatics pedagogy and process. Asking questions of the reader, the author traces his education to inspire an audience of dance and somatic educators to expand their personal threads of inquiry. Ultimately, the goal is to motivate people invested in the field of somatics education and to deepen their approaches towards inclusivity in content and curricula
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SOMERS, Dan
Pages: 68-77
Year 2023
Advanced Rolfer® Dan Somers interviews his client, Amy Shinneman, who is the 2023 National Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), about her life with a type of muscular dystrophy called Bethlem myopathy and how Rolfing® Structural Integration sessions have supported her body to be strong and balanced. They discuss the complex path to receiving the correct diagnosis, her triumphs in building the life and family that she desires, and her struggles when facing systemic ableism found throughout society.
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MILLER, Dorothy
Pages: 59-66
Year 2023
In this conversation between Rolfer® Dorothy Miller and the President of the European Guild for Structural Integration, Aleš Urbanczik, they talk about Urbanczik’s path to becoming a structural integration practitioner, instructor, school administrator, and award-winning film director/producer.
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BAILEY, Greer
Pages: 52-58
Year 2023
ABSTRACT When Joseph Heller started Hellerwork® Structural Integration, he had his friend and colleague Dr. Don St. John at his side. In this interview, St. John talks about the start of what is now Hellerwork International, and how psychology principles were considered when formulating the Hellerwork training. Many memories of those early days are revisited, as well as important contributors to the theory and practice of Hellerwork.
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BAILEY, Greer
Pages: 44-51
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Interviewer and Hellerworker Greer Bailey asks Joseph Heller to tell the story of creating the structural integration school, Hellerwork® International. Starting with his early life in Poland during World War II, to studying aerospace engineering at Caltech, to when Heller met Dr. Ida Rolf when he was already very interested in the humanistic movement in California in the 1970s. Bailey asks Heller to reflect on how he integrated the essential elements Rolf’s structural integration with what he felt was essential movement and psychology theory to guide the client’s healing experience.
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JACOBSON, Eric
Pages: 35-42
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Eric Jacobson, PhD, has the unique point of view of being a Certified Advanced Rolfer who trained directly with Rolf. In this interview, Jacobson recounts his first meeting with Ida Rolf, PhD, in 1973 and his acceptance into her training to become a Rolfer. He reflects on the influences Rolf spoke about and his application of the Rolfing® Ten Series throughout his fifty-year career.
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SULTAN, Jan H.
Pages: 30-34
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Jan H. Sultan reflects on learning Rolfing® Structural Integration from Dr. Rolf at Esalen Institute alongside Emmett Hutchins, Judith Aston, and Peter Melchior. Taking that education to rural Northern New Mexico, Sultan was driven by the demands of the work to study further, to unpack what Rolf had taught. In this article, he shares some of her foundational ideas. Sultan also considers his more than fifty years of teaching structural integration.
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