Deciphering Dr. Rolf's Methods 

Friday, March 26, 2021, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Description 

Intermingling with my community has led me to believe that many practitioners and teachers are confused as to Dr. Rolf’s intentions for the evolution of the work. As many or more seem to wonder if her insights continue to be relevant in the current professional environment, especially as new information comes to light regarding the makeup of our nervous system and the mechanical nature of fascia. I would like to present evidence in Dr. Rolf’s own voice (using mainly audio recordings) that Structural Integration was designed to evolve within a solid framework of perennial wisdom. Up until the time of her death, Dr. Rolf continued to challenge her students and teachers to create new and more accurate models for working with the body while at the same time, avoiding becoming lost in what one might call Pandora’s Box of words and assumptions. Having used her words and insights to dismiss some of the unconstructive myths that have accumulated around her legacy, if there is time, I would like to introduce some of the assessments and partner exercises that I have developed to help practitioners and clients develop a tacit understanding of the movement potential that Dr. Rolf envisioned.



Ben Hanawalt
A Life of Grace

Since I began my Structural Integration training in 2008, I have been extremely interested in Dr. Rolf’s method. Since then I have listened to all the audio recordings made while she was alive that are available through the Guild for Structural Integration and transcribed many that are not. This information I have included in three papers that have been published in the IASI Yearbook. I have taken public speaking classes in both high school and college.

Recently, I have served as the assistant teacher for two Basic Training classes with the Guild for Structural Integration. In the past years, I have also served on several IASI committees and last spring became Board Certified.



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