CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
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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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
EASON, Libby
Pages: 22-29
Year 2023
ABSTRACT To discuss the profession and the people of structural integration is to start with its pioneer, Dr. Ida P. Rolf. In this article, Libby Eason, Chair of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI), takes us through Rolf’s early years, highlighting the benchmark experiences that led to her developing her ‘Recipe’ of the Ten Series and starting her school, DIRI. Eason discusses some of the people who have made significant contributions to the work, the school, and the profession as a whole.
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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
SKILLMAN, MaryAnn
Pages: 14-21
Year 2023
Medical Doctor Certified Advanced Rolfer® Swiss Society for Structural Integration (SGSI)1 Licensed
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CAPA DIRI_Journal_November_2023_Interactive
MULLER-KAUL, Lu
Pages: 6-13
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Tina Wang discusses her appreciation for the profession of structural integration for putting fascia research on the map in this article with Rolfer® Lu Muller-Kaul. As a medical doctor also practicing manual therapy, Wang has had a first-person view of fascia research and manipulation going from obscurity to more mainstream medical domains. She offers her insights as an expert dealing with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorders.
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CAPA 2001-03-Summer
PRADO, Pedro
Pages: 31-32
Year 2001
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
HACK, Lina
Pages: 76-89
Year 2023
ABSTRACT For years, Jan H. Sultan, Advanced Rolfing® instructor of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®, has been developing a coherent approach to the mysteries of the sacrum from the structural integration perspective. In this interview, Sultan gives insight into some of the biomechanical and physiological movements of the sacrum and a few suggested applications to resolving common strain patterns in the low back region.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
HACK, Lina
Pages: 70-75
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Words we hear, read, speak, or even think can evoke reactions in our bodies. In this interview, Rolfer Monica Canducci discusses the embodiment of words. Canducci teaches people to work with mental imagery to improve the comfort they feel in their bodies, not as a talk therapist, but as a somatic educator. Learning the familiar and safe words for each client can enhance teamwork during a session.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
ROSENSTOCK, Andrew
Pages: 57-69
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Professor Mark Johnson has spent his career investigating the philosophy of human embodiment and how it relates to meaning-making. In this article, Rolfers® Andrew Rosenstock and Nikki Olsen interview Johnson about the role of the body in human meaning. Johnson has authored many books about how metaphors are grounded in aspects of our bodily experience. The conversation touches on bodymind duality and the liberation of non-duality – that humans are complex animals to be explained from the bottom up.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
HACK, Lina
Pages: 47-56
Year 2023
ABSTRACT The tongue and voice are inextricably linked, as Rolfing SI Instructor Ellen Freed discovered firsthand when her tongue temporarily swelled for a few days preventing speech. Applying her cannon of knowledge to the situation, Freed researched tongue anatomy and physiology, while also experimenting with Rolf Movement-inspired vocal exercises. In this interview, Freed reviews her findings that have influenced her wellness practices and how she approaches visceral cranium work with her clients.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
MCCONNELL, Kathy
Pages: 46
Year 2023
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
HACK, Lina
Pages: 32-45
Year 2023
ABSTRACT This interview with Rolf Movement® faculty member, Kevin Frank, focuses on gravity orientation and its relevance to structural integration and somatic movement education. Gravity orientation helps us make sense of Dr. Rolf’s insistence that gravity is central to how and why humans can evolve. With French Rolfer Hubert Godard’s introduction of the tonic function perspective in the early 1990s, practitioners of many somatic arts can appreciate the need to understand how movement patterns, of which posture is an example, can shift. Conscious attention to gravity orientation, when practiced skillfully, leads to plasticity in basic motor patterns not meant to be changed casually. The tonic function model links the basis of physical and psychological stability, further bolstering Rolf’s suggestions in regard to this relationship. Authors’ note: This article has an introduction written by Kevin Frank, a lead into our conversation about gravity orientation.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
VOLPONES, Pierpaola
Pages: 28-31
Year 2023
ABSTRACT All humans are embedded in a gravity project. It is a project where we learn to rest down into the support of the ground while also reaching upward into spaciousness so that we may orient to, and move through, our environment. Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® faculty member, Pierpaola Volpones, describes the gravity journey, some of the common experiences gravity brings to each of us as human beings.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
MULLER-KAUL, Lu
Pages: 22-27
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Contraindication lists give guidance to manual therapy practitioners regarding how to handle the symptoms and conditions that they may encounter with their clients. This July 2023 issue of Structure, Function, Integration focuses on autoimmune disorders and the considerations that structural integration (SI) practitioners, in particular, need to consider when working with people with any of these conditions. Topics discussed include whether we have to refer these clients elsewhere every time, whether SI can help people with autoimmune conditions, and what specific cautions are warranted. Rolfers often have clients with complex medical histories, including autoimmune diagnoses, and they may still benefit from this work.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
MULLER-KAUL, Lu
Pages: 16-21
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Whether a Rolfer® is brand new to the structural integration profession or has been practicing for decades, the price they charge is a choice. Author Lu Mueller- Kaul asks – when did you make that choice? Last year or twenty years ago? In this ‘Business of Rolfing SI column’, practitioners are asked to consider inflation when they make pricing decisions for their Rolfing sessions. Our clients often pay for framework considerations we are not even aware of, and would happily pay more in dollars if they spent less of their time and attention organizing appointments, for example. Mueller- Kaul walks us through what, other than Rolfing SI, we bring to our clients, then makes some specific pricing suggestions for the general United States market.
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CAPA_DIRI_Journal_July_2023_Interactive
HACK, Lina
Pages: 6-15
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Spaceflight research about living systems in weightless environments describes gravity as an instructive force directing the growth and development of biological systems. Dr. Ida Rolf was saying this back when spaceflight was in its infancy in the 1970s. Current research describes the consequences of microgravity on the human body and its tissues, making space exploration research an area that Rolfers and structural integration (SI) practitioners might want to read more of. This summary of two peer-reviewed articles describes the absence of gravity on the human body, so that we may deepen our understanding of the presence of gravity and the human body.
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CAPA _DIRI_Journal_March_2023_Interactive (1)
FENENDAEL, Christina
Pages: 80-81
Year 2023
Reviewed by Christina Fenendael, Certified Rolfer®, Licensed Massage Therapist
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CAPA _DIRI_Journal_March_2023_Interactive (1)
SANCHEZ, Darrell
Pages: 70-79
Year 2023
ABSTRACT In the structural integration paradigm, a good standing posture is one that is organized in the gravitational field. Said another way, a person is free to breathe, feel, and allow continuous muscular adjustments for an unceasing interplay of movement. This fluid verticality is evoked when standing and working with The Original Tuning Board™. In this article, Darrell Sanchez describes the tuning board paradox of dynamic balance, where humans both stand with stability and motion. He explains the refined foot position, the neutral experience, and the folding exercise using the tuning board, all of which enhance the client’s experience of their own living ‘Line’.
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CAPA _DIRI_Journal_March_2023_Interactive (1)
HACK, Lina
Pages: 62-69
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Three faculty members of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI) discuss their new book, The Rolfing Skillful Touch Handbook (2022), which they wrote and completed during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. They discuss the genesis of the handbook, how it supports student learning during the DIRI Phase I of the Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) training, and the range of applications beyond that course.
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CAPA _DIRI_Journal_March_2023_Interactive (1)
KINNUNEN, Jeffrey
Pages: 51-61
Year 2023
ABSTRACT In this interview with Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI) faculty member Kevin McCoy, the elements of fascia, persistent pain, and pelvic architecture are explored. Starting with a personal story about his own injury in childhood that impacted his own pelvic alignment, McCoy gives a useful analogy of people who develop chronic pain. Drawing from his studies with Dr. Carla Stecco and Dr. Antonio Stecco, McCoy discusses the fascial layers of the pelvis, and how he thinks about fascial organization and tissue relationships, while he works with people who have pelvic pain.
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CAPA _DIRI_Journal_March_2023_Interactive (1)
HACK, Lina
Pages: 37-50
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Lina Amy Hack interviews anatomist Gil Hedley, PhD, about the pelvic floor. Hedley proposes a new and inclusive term for the intimate structures of the pelvic floor – the pars intima. They also talk about the ethics of manual therapy in the neighboring tissue of those intimate structures. Hedley discusses the shapes of the pelvic floor more as a sling and a funnel. The path of the pudendal nerve is also discussed.
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CAPA _DIRI_Journal_March_2023_Interactive (1)
MUELLER-KAUL, Lu
Year 2023
ABSTRACT Rolfing Structural Integration instructor Lu Mueller-Kaul interviews colleague, Advanced Rolfing Instructor Tessy Brungardt, about how Rolfers® think about the pelvis throughout the ‘Ten Series’. From wholism to specific session considerations, Brungardt reflects on challenges that students and Rolfers experience with various structures of the pelvis. The authors discuss the refinement of pelvis palpation and getting comfortable with the territory as a means to strengthen pelvic techniques at all stages of the structural integrator’s career.
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CAPA _DIRI_Journal_March_2023_Interactive (1)
MUELLER-KAUL, Lu
Pages: 22-24
Year 2023
ABSTRACT In this first ‘The Business of Rolfing SI’ column, Lu Mueller-Kaul outlines the launch of a conversation about the business aspects that all structural integration (SI) practitioners face to deliver their manual therapy sessions. This article invites communication between readers and the author and the editorial team of Structure, Function, Integration, a place where we may share about the work of this modality and the marketplace where our business takes place.
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