Bibiana Badenes is a somatic educator from Benicasim, Spain, where she oversees an innovative body-mind rehabilitation program for rheumatoid arthritis patients and stress management clients. She is the head of Kinesis, a somatic therapy clinic. Bibiana trained as both a Physical Therapist graduated from the University of Valencia and she is Advanced Certified Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement™ Practitioner. A pioneer in connecting and building bridges among distinct therapeutic disciplines, Bibiana searches for an inter-disciplinary dialogue through health which can be accessible to everyone.
Mary Bond studied with Dr. Ida Rolf from 1969 to 1972. Formerly Chair of the US Rolf Movement® faculty, she has been involved in movement education from the early days with Judith Aston, and has been profoundly influenced by the work of Hubert Godard. She is author of The New Rules of Posture and a multimedia book, Your Body Mandala: Posture as a Path to Presence. It is her joy to share her perspective of movement education.
Stefan Dennenmoser, PhD Doctorate in human biology, University degree in Sports Science at the TU Munich, Germany, Member of the Fascia Research Group Ulm-University Co-Founder of the Fascial Fitness concept with Dr. Robert Schleip, Decades of teaching at the school for physiotherapy FN, Germany, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Trainer, Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf-Movement-Teacher. Since 1995: Clinical (Rolfing) practice in Ravensburg and Ulm, German
Professor, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
I have been conducting research of some sort from a very early age, and for most of my professional life have juggled research, clinical and family life. My career has focused on connecting clinical practice, basic theory, and applied measurements in rehabilitation research, with a heavy dose of mathematical modeling.. I have extensive training in complementary medicine, beginning with training in acupuncture and homeopathy while a medical student at Georgetown in 1975, where I introduced Dr Rolf to the Physical Medicine Department. I was an active clinician (Certified Advanced Rolfer™) as well as a researcher at the VA Medical Center East Orange NJ. I am the Founder of the Fascia Research Congress, and served as CEO and executive dire ctor from its inception in 2007 through 2013. I also served as executive director of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation from 2008 through 2013.
After editing the first comprehensive textbook on fascia which came out in 2012, my explorations into fascia have led me to the interaction between fascia and cancer, following the lead of AT Still MD (the founder of osteopathic medicine) who wrote about this more than 100 years ago. Oncology researchers are now looking closely at the mechanical environment surrounding the tumor, and how stiffer environments are more receptive to metastatic growth. I was on the organizing committee for a groundbreaking congress on fascia, acupuncture and cancer at Harvard Medical School in November 2015, where I was also a keynote speaker. As I am uniquely positioned between the science and clinical practice of both fascia and exercise, collecting data on both clinical aspects and the cellular mechanism has become a high priority for my research.
Rita Geirola Certified Advanced Rolfer™ , Certified in 1987, Movement Practitioner in 1997. Certified as Feldenkrais Practitioner in 1992 and Pilates Instructor in 1998. Further background includes Physical Education studies and Mézières Method. Rita has taught for 13 years pre-training in Italy. She is a Rolfing® Instructor and a Rolf Movement™ Instructor for the Rolf Institute Training and Workshops. Her main curiosity is in finding different approaches and different languages to get in tone to individual client’s needs and resources to achieve full development potential and integration. The point of view of Hubert Godard, Peter Levine and M. Feldenkrais have had a deep impact on her formation, and are the bases of her teaching.
Jonathan Martine was certified as a Rolfer™ in 1992. He has been an instructor in the Rolf Institute® Certification program since 1993 and teaches in Basic and Advanced Trainings as well as Rolf Movement™ Certification. In addition, he has studied therapies that treat the fascial systems of the viscera, neural, vascular and cranium in order to include these structures in his work. He has studied movement and manual therapies extensively through Rolfing, Physical Therapy, Pilates, Osteopaths and rehabilitative sciences.
Franz Mechsner PhD is a human biologist and author. He has worked as a movement researcher for Max Planck Institute, the University of Northumbria and other scientific institutions. As an author he received several literature awards. He is interested to understand how our brain organizes complex movements based on the perception of our own body and how this is embedded in the overall interaction with the environment. His related contributions have been covered in high ranking scientific journals (such as Nature).
Suzanne Picard, MFA, has been part of the Rolf Institute® Faculty since 1995 as a leader in the Foundations program, and presently acting Chair of the US Rolf Movement® Faculty. Her studies include extensive Movement training, Visceral and Neural Manipulation, and Cranial Therapy. Her personal practices include continuum and yoga. Suzanne’s passion is embodied anatomy, perception, and the increased vitality and development that this supports.
Pedro Prado’s research focus and signature approach to the clinical practice and teaching of Rolfing® SI concern how best to build bridges among the structural, functional and psychobiological perspectives. Dr. Prado, a clinical psychologist and former professor of Somatic Psychology, has been teaching Rolfing for over 25 years He is a member of the Advanced and Movement faculties of the Rolf Institute®; and an Advanced Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.
Robert Schleip PhD has been a certified Rolfer since 1978, a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1987 and a Rolfing® Instructor since 1992. In 2005 he took a sabbatical to explore the scientific basis of fascial plasticity. Due to the increasing fascination by what he found, he has extended this sabbatical until today. However, he keeps daydreaming about returning to his Rolfing® practice. Today he is director of the Fascia Research Group at Ulm University, and also Research Director of the ERA.
Peter Schwind, Ph.D. Has been working as a Rolfer™ in Munich since 1980. As an instructor he has taught basic classes since 1985. He assisted and cotaught several advanced classes since 1991 and was certified as an Advanced Rolfing® Instructor in 1999. Peter has shared his view of working with the human organism by writing several books.
Adjo Zorn received a PhD in physics in 1982 and a German state license in Naturopathic medicine in 1994. He currently works simultaneously in several fields: in his own Rolfing practice (since 1994), as a coach and advisor for psychologists and physicians in psychosomatic clinics and social-work NGOs, and as a specialist software engineer for a German car manufacturer. He has been a member of the Fascia Research Group at Ulm University since 2005. He is a movement enthusiast and has trained in several movement schools, focusing on Capoeira for the last 10 years. The objective of his research is to reassess human walking by bringing together perspectives from physics and mathematics, fascia anatomy and physiology, manual therapy and dexterity skills.