“I love sharing with others a profession that has kept me so interested for over 30 years. I enjoy seeing how students transform when learning to become Rolfers™, how they become more integrated, lighter, more open week by week.”
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.
“A good Rolfer™ is someone who is honest and authentic, is willing and curious to explore. Learning Rolfing® is a life long journey. Every student has different ways of learning and I integrate this very much into my teaching to ensure they reach their full potential.”
Career before Rolfing®
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.
“It was a Rolf Movement™ workshop taught by Leonor Varela in Rimini which inspired me to train in Rolfing®. I was looking for a technique that used touch to help people. While I was working as a swimming teacher, I got to work with a two-year old girl who was autistic and hypotonic. I held the child in my arms, moving passively, singing to her… just playing with her body and the water. She started to be interested: she started to play with the water and look at me. I was so astonished that touching her could evoke a new aliveness in her autistic world. A friend then suggested a Rolf Movement™ workshop… I read Ida Rolf books and I became even more inspired. I did the 10 Rolfing® sessions and then enrolled in training”.
Pierpaola on her teaching method:
“My basic Rolfing® Trainings is focused on establishing a sound manual approach, paying attention to the various aspects of touching, including the implicit elements of relationship and communication not just with the client, with the tissue too. I care a lot about the study of Anatomy in my teaching as well.
A good Rolfer™ is interested and curious in helping people to live their lives, able to listen and communicate with the client on many levels: verbally and non verbally.
Touch obviously happens through the hands and with the help of arms, but limbs are not separated from the rest of the body; all the body is involved and recruited: it needs to adapt, to be flexible and stable – not just from the physical perspective, but also an emotional and even spiritual one. Learning how and what to touch always entails learning about unexplored aspects of ourselves.”