In order of appearance in the programme.
Kevin Frank is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Rolf Movement® Practitioner and Rolf Movement® Instructor at DIRI. He has worked with the Godard-derived Tonic Function Model since 1991 and has written on this topic from 1995 to the present. Kevin advocates for an “information system” view of structural integration to help bring this field of SI into congruence with modern understanding of motor control and perceptive/coordinative processes.
Caryn McHose (assisting Kevin Frank)
Caryn McHose (Assistant) is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement® Practitioner, as well as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and Certified Biodynamic Cranial Practitioner. She is the collaborator for Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy, and The Place of Dance, by Andrea Olsen and is the co-author (with Kevin Frank) of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness. Caryn has taught perceptual approaches to movement education for over 45 years.
Christoph Sommer is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and teacher at the European Rolfing® Association e.V. for the modular format. He has been practicing in Munich since 1986. Additional training in fascia- and membrane technique (Peter Schwind) and visceral osteopathy (J.-P. Barral) has lead him to broadening the classic structural perspective. With a refined spectrum of touch communicating with the inner human shape his work aims at enhancing the potential for movement and human self-expression.
Konrad Obermeier became a Certified Rolfer™ in 1991 and a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ in 1994. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Life Sciences Faculty of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (DIRI, Boulder, CO, USA) and teaches Anatomy for the European Rolfing® Association e.V.
Konrad studied Communications and Anthropology at the University of Munich which was followed by extensive travels which led him to India where he did Yoga-teacher training in Kerala in 1988/89.
France Hatt-Arnold is a Rolf Movement™ Instructor for the Rolf Institute (1994) and a Rolfing® Instructor for the European Modular training program (2007). She certified as a Rolf Movement™ practitioner in 1986, a Certified Rolfer™ in 1990 and an Advanced Certified Rolfer™ in 1996. Her private practice is located in Geneva, Switzerland since 1986.
France was raised in an environment of music and movement education. Her research towards gracious movement supported by a resilient and receptive body is anchored in fascial work that eases gravity flow, and the integration of gravity into daily life’s general movement. Familiar with traditional Rolf Movement™ taught 25 years ago, and inspired by Hubert Godard’s more recent scientific and philosophical contributions, she has blended his work and research into her teaching and practice of Rolfing® and Rolf Movement™.
France regularly teaches the Rolfing® Modular training and Rolf Movement™ training for the Rolf Institute. She also teaches Rolf Movement™ classes to her clients, dancers, physiotherapists and orthopaedists.
Pierpaola Volpones: A member of the Rolf Institute since 1986 and an International and European Rolfing and Rolf Movement™ Faculty member, Pierpaola is a certified Rolf Movement™ Practitioner (1986), a Rolfer™ (1988), and a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (1996). Since 2006, Pierpaola has been an International Rolfing®and Rolf Movement™ Instructor, while she continues to run her own Rolfing® practice. As well as teaching the Basic Rolfing® Trainings, Pierpaola is very active in setting, supporting and teaching the modular Rolfing®trainings in Italy.
In her continuing education, Pierpaola participated in Rolfing® workshops with Jeff Maitland, Jan Sultan, Michael Salveson, and Peter Schwind. She also participated in visceral manipulation workshops with Jean Pierre Barral, Didier Pratt and Alain Croibier. Her Rolf Movement™ background has been greatly informed by the teachings and workshops of Hubert Godard.
Pierpaola graduated as a Physical Educator (1976) and with a degree in Sociology (1982). Prior to Rolfing®, she was a Physical Education teacher in state schools, a swimming instructor, and for over ten years, a Movement and applied kinesis therapist in private centres; here she worked with people with scoliosis, back pain, and arthritis. Pierpaola also co-founded a body-oriented theatre in her home-town of Rimini, Italy; she worked with the group for five years doing street performances, organizing festivals and events, and holding workshops with both adults and children.
Peter Schwind Dr. phil. M.A. was certified as a Rolfer™ in 1980, as a Rolfing® Instructor in 1985 and as an Advanced Instructor in 1999. In the eighties he brought – as the European Representative of the Rolf Institute – all of the first generation teachers of Ida Rolf to Europe, including: Michael Salveson, Jan Sultan, Peter Melchior, Tom Wing, Emett Hutchins, Jim Asher and Stacey Mills. He also was supervised over some time by Ida Rolf`s son Richard Demmerle C.D.
Peter assisted the teachers of the first generation in Basic Trainings, Advanced Trainings and workshops in the US and in Europe.
He is the author of several books that have been translated into various languages. He has founded the MUNICH GROUP as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate courses which are open for practitioners of various manual approaches. And he is director of the MUNICH GROUP MEDIA that focuses on the production of DVDs featuring the new approaches of Jean-Pierre Barral D.O. (UK).
Robert Schleip PhD, International Rolfing® Instructor and International Fascial Anatomy Teacher. Robert has been an enthusiastic certified Rolfer™ since 1978. Additionally to his private Rolfing® and teaching he directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, which is at the forefront of international fascia research (www.fasciaresearch.de). He holds on M.A. degree in psychology and a PhD in human biology; and has also been a Certified Feldenkrais Teacher since 1987.
Robert’s pioneering work on active fascial contractility was awarded with the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. A particular interset of his Rolfing® practice is working with scoliosis. His teaching focuses on the neural dynamics of the myofascial net and incorporates psychosocial values of the human potential movement.
Carlo Ventura is MD, PhD, Cardiologist and Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy. Director of the National Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Stem Cell Engineering of the National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems (NIBB) – Eldor Lab, at the Innovation Accelerators of CNR, Bologna, Italy. Editor-in-Chief of the World Journal of Stem Cells, and Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
His studies aim at exploring Cell Biology in the light of Physics, using magnetic fields, nanomechanical vibration, and light to develop a Regenerative Medicine relying upon the diffusive features of these physical energies, to afford efficient reprogramming in situ of tissue-resident stem cells. This strategy is paving the way to a Regenerative/Precision Medicine executed without the needs for cell or tissue transplantation, and based upon the enhancement of our self-healing potential.
Katja’s workshops and lectures reflect her passion for anatomy, alignment, and anything fascia. She has been teaching yoga for about a decade and is teaching anatomy and fascia physiology in teacher trainings around Europe. Katja is certified as E-RYT 500, has a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in sports science and is a Board Certified Structural Integration Practitioner (BCSI; ATSI) trained by Tom Myers and his Anatomy Trains school. She is currently working towards her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Robert Schleip and the Fascia Research Group in Munich (Germany).
Rafal Wysocki, MSc, MA, PT, is a RolferTM and Rolf Movement® Practitioner, teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® and Functional Integration®, physiotherapist since 2005, osteopath since 2010, international assistant and co-teacher of Osteopathie Schule Deutschland (OSD), and a certified ATSI Practitioner.
He has been involved in dissections since 2006, in Functional Medicine and Mitochondrial Medicine since 2010. He has been working on projects related to physiotherapy, urology and gynecology, is the founder of the Horse Riding Institute, worked with orchestras and DAKAR rally drivers.
He is the author of the first correlation between MTHFR gene and back pain – ‘The potential role of MTHFR gene mutation in chronic low back pain’ presented at the 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Antwerp. Currently he is working on Metabolic Pathways.
Thomas Heinrich: Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Rolf Movement PractitionerTM, teacher in Training at the ERA, psychologist (Dipl.-Psych.) and International Trainer for Bioenergetic Analysis has studied the connections between body and psyche for over 30 years.
Lael Katharine Keen
Lael Katharine Keen teaches Rolfing® at the basic and advanced levels and Rolf Movement. She completed her training as a Rolfer™ in 1984 in Boulder, Colorado and later moved to Brazil where she became a founding member of the Brazilian Rolfing® Association. She has studied Tonic Function with Hubert Godard since 2000. She also teaches Somatic Experiencing® (Peter Levine’s trauma work) at all levels, for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and has studied and taught Ki-Aikido since 1978. She holds certification as an Anthroposophic Art Therapist and an Educator for the Bates Method of Vision. She is fascinated by the way that structure, function and destiny intertwine in the human being to create our states of health, ease and dis/ease and how we, as Rolfers™ may intervene to change this process towards greater levels of pleasure, joy and embodiment.