The process of becoming a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ is multi-faceted. It involves learning new skills and exploring the relationship between perception and embodiment. Practitioners' accumulated knowledge and practical experience form the basis for introducing new perspectives, skills, and techniques that will help practitioners to more easily and efficiently deliver effective results.
In this course a systemic approach to Rolfing® theory will cover a broad range of related topics. In-depth exploration of the Principles of Rolfing SI, and Rolfing taxonomies will be applied to the tasks of creating individual sessions and series of sessions from an advanced frame of reference.
The class includes lectures, demonstrations, pracitcums, delivering a series to a client, and exchanging a series with a class partner. An emphasis will be placed on hands-on exploration and skill development. Supervision during palpation practicums, and while working with class partners and clients, will address refinement of touch and easing limiting body-use habits.
The following will be applied to assessment, strategy formation and delivery of a series of Rolfing SI:
How to design and practice client-centered, non-formulaic Rolfing sessions or series
Biomechanics as an exploration of how things work, both specifically and in relationship to the rest of the system, including: myofascial, ligamentous, and articular considerations in the application of skilled techniques
Creating more effective therapeutic relationships with clients
Techniques to improve the Rolfer's self awareness and expand her/his skills in perception
Focus on the body mechanics of the Rolfer with the goal of creating more ease while working
Expanding and refining the range of touch the Rolfer can apply to better match the needs of the client
Tessy Brungardt received her BA in Environmental Biology in 1976 from New College in Sarasota, FL. In her studies and career afterwards, she enjoyed exploring the interface of observing the natural world and the the science of how things worked. Once she was introduced to Rolfing® Structural Integration in 1979, she was inspired to take this exploration into the human realm. She became a Certified Rolfer™ in 1985 and a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1988. Tessy completed her Rolf Movement® Certification in 1994. She also became certified to teach for the Rolf Institute in 1994 and became an Advanced Instructor for the Rolf Institute in 2002.
Ellen Freed became a Certified Rolfer in 1990, a Rolf Movement Therapist in 1997 and a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1998. She loves to teach, and assisted her first class in 1998 with Tessy Brungardt and is delighted each time she gets to teach with her. Over the years, what interests her deeply is the refinement of touch using Rolfing theory, western and eastern anatomy, self awareness and interpersonal relationship as teaching tools so that we may contact our clients deeply and pragmatically. She has had a practice in northern Delaware since 1990.