Andrea Clusen

“Strength that has effort in it is not what you need; you need the strength that is the result of ease.” – Dr. Ida P. Rolf

About Andrea

Andrea graduated in 2004 and was very fortunate to have trained with Robert Schleip, Harvey Burns, RayMcCall and Pierpaola Volpones. Since her initial training, she has undergone numerous workshops in a broad spectrum of visceral work, functional and movement methods, contemporary dance related, anatomical and scientific subjects. 

She certified as an advanced Rolfer™ in 2010 with Ray McCall and Bob Schrei. This training was the only Advanced Training to have ever had the energetic taxonomy as a leading notion. In 2012, she became a Certified Rolf Movement partitioner (France Hatt-Arnold and Hervé Baunard). She is also a licensed SourcePoint Therapy® Instructor (since 2016) and a licensed ScarWork Instructor (since 2017).

Andrea works Munich and also in her private practice at Lake Constance, Germay. She teachers movement classes and leads workshops both for Rolfers™ and other manual professions.

Career before Rolfing®

Andrea has always been intrigued by creating things with her own hands. As a child she preferred spending her pocket money on material to make baskets or treehouses, rather than sweets. In later years she trained as a dressmaker, studied CAD pattern making for the fashion industry, trained as a carpenter and worked many years as a property manager in one of Munich’s famous theatres. In all these activities, Andrea developed the skills to adapt to whatever material is offered and to take care of it effectively to fulfills its purpose. Responding to the highest needs to any, ever changing system, has become her second nature.

On what inspired Andrea to train in Rolfing®

Due to her discomfort from straining craft work, Andrea went to a Physiotherapist who applied Rolfing to her. This inspired her as it intrigued her never-ending interest in different kinds of material. The Physiotherapist mentioned the pre-training to her, and it was during Andrea’s Spectrum Rolfing training, that she had a revelation that she had finally found what she did not even know she had been looking for. Finding Rolfing, both in her own body, and the first steps during Phase One of the Basic training, felt like coming home.

What Andrea most enjoys about teaching

Every Rolfing class is different. It is an adventure, not only for the students but also for the instructor. One cannot predict the flow, the routine, the difficulties one will encounter. Taking new students on this ride, supporting them, guiding them but also challenging them enough to deeply learn and bring them to a safe space of enough knowledge, confidence and security about their abilities to go on alone, is what makes this journey in a class exciting and very enjoyable for Andrea.

Andrea on her teaching method

For each student there is a preferred way of easy learning. Some need to read first, some need hands-on experience. Some need to see or hear first about it and for some, it is a mixture of all of this. Andrea pays attention to all these primary learning types and this is what makes her a very supportive and effective teacher. She blends the dry theory with storytelling, functional aspects with try-out-yourself or gather your own experience and she offers moments of pause and exchange to learn from the experience of others (and hopefully to spare you making every mistake yourself).

On what makes a good Rolfer

‚So many therapists are striking at the pattern of disease, instead of supporting the pattern of health. One of the things that you as Rolfers must always emphasize is that you are not  practitioners curing disease: you are practitioners invoking health. Invocation is possible by an understanding of what a pattern is, the structural pattern of health. As you bring a man’s structure to conform to that pattern of health you achieve health. You invoke health.‘ – Dr. Ida P. Rolf