“As an Anatomy Instructor, I believe that a good understanding of anatomy is fundamental for the client relationship as it helps you to identify where to work. I also place tremendous value on ‘touch’. Good Rolfing sessions depend on our touch”
Gerhard Hesse is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (1984) and a Rolf Movement™ Practitioner (2005). He is an Instructor at the International and European Rolfing® Faculty.
Gerhard runs his own practice in Vienna, Austria. Being a member of the International Life Science Faculty he also teaches anatomy classes having previoulsy organised and taught dissection courses at the Anatomical University of Vienna for Rolfers™ and Osteopaths.
Career before Rolfing®
Gerhard graduated from the University of Mainz in Germany. Having studied Ethnology, he travelled to Africa and then to India where he stayed for months learning Yoga. It is here that he met Baghwan Shree Rajshneesh and took part in many workshops at his Ashram, including being introduced to Rolfing® by Robert Schleip.
On what inspired Gerhard to train in Rolfing®
My first Rolfing® sessions changed the way I perceived the world and how I perceived myself in the world. It became easier to walk around: less exhausting, and with much more joy. So I decided to do the Rolfing® Training. I also wanted the opportunity to work with humans in a process-oriented way, guaranteeing a life-long learning process.
“I enjoy witnessing the growth of us all – me and my students – as we deepen our understanding of the structural-functional relationship and gain self-awareness as to how we live in gravity and the importance of using this force in a good way and not fight against it”
What Gerhard most enjoys about teaching
The thing I most enjoy is the sharing of compassion. It is a playful and yet deep exchange. I enjoy witnessing the growth of us all – me and my students – as we deepen our understanding of the structural-functional relationship and gain self-awareness as to how we live in gravity and the importance of using this force in a good way and not fight against it.
Gerhard on his teaching method
As an Anatomy Instructor, I believe that a good understanding of anatomy is fundamental for the client relationship as it helps you to identify where to work. It also helps with the structural-functional relationship. I also place tremendous value on ‘touch’. Good Rolfing® sessions depend on our touch – “to touch means: let yourself be touched´´ this quote from Hubert Godard has guided me throughout my years of becoming a Rolfing® Instructor.
“It is also about listening – and in listening there is no doing but following the clients’ body and giving suggestion to the tissue and the mind. These, together with a solid handicraft and an open heart, are at the center of my teaching”
On what makes a good Rolfer™
An understanding that you never stop learning. Clients are not cases but human bodies, and every Body is a Buddha: always here, always now and always giving the very best possible version of themselves. This acknowledgement, and the experience of having delivered many Rolfing® sessions makes, for me, a good Rolfer™.
Radio-Interview from the 10th of April 2019
Ö1- Sendereihe „Radiokolleg“ zum Thema „Die Hülle die uns hält. Funktion und Bedeutung der Faszien“:
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