“Through teaching, I learn as much about myself as I do about Rolfing® and about the human being I am working with. It is a nourishing experience that also allows me to break the daily routine and discover about Rolfing® from a different prospective.”
Rita Geirola is a Certified Rolfer™ (1987) and a Rolf Movement™ Practitioner (1997). She also is an Advanced Rolfer™ (2005). Rita teaches the functional aspect of Rolfing® in the Italian pre-training programme and is a Rolf Movement™ Instructor for the Rolf Institute® classes and workshops. She is also the Rolfing® Instructor for the European Modular Format.Her work with Hubert Godard and Peter Levine, and point of view of M. Feldenkrais have all had a deep impact on Rita’s personal and professional development and they continue to influence her teaching.
“A good Rolfer™ has an innate sense of how gravity has an effect in shaping our life. An enquiring mind, a capacity for recognising boundaries and a non-judgmental attitude are all good attributes. I also believe in curiosity for how human beings resource themselves for their survival, their adaptability and creativity to the context in which they live – at all levels of their being – physical, psychological and coordinative.”
Career before Rolfing®
Rita’s background include studies in the field of Physical Education and of the Mézières Method. She certified as a Feldenkrais Practitioner in 1992 and has been a Pilates Instructor since1998. Rita’s main curiosity is in finding different approaches and different languages to be able to marry these with individual client’s needs and resources in order to achieve a full development of their potentiality and integration.
“It was the approach and vision that inspired me to train in Rolfing®. I was already doing bodywork, with good results, and my practice was successful. But I was reading a lot literature connected to Rolfing® and in 1984 I had my first Rolfing® session with an American practitioner. We met again within the year, and I offered her a Mézières session. It was from this that she really encouraged me to go to the pre-training and then apply for the admission – and I haven’t looked back since!”.
Rita on her teaching method:
I really try to tailor my training to the class I am teaching. I modulate what I offer to the students in relation to the content, the general level of the class – background and interest – and also the group dynamic. For me it is crucial to meet the students to get in tune and find the appropriate flow for the learning process.
My main aim really is to build self-confidence, empower the students, and try to elicit curiosity. It is important to me to deliver theory through, and blended with, practical experience, rather than a through a unidirectional lecture.