“My career training was mainly based on the practice and teaching of physical activities, dance, and even, with a parenthesis, in documentary cinema: retrospectively, I see how my interest in expressiveness through movement was always so present!”
Hervé Baunard is a Certified Rolfer™ (2007), Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (2012), a Rolf Movement™ Practitioner (2009) and a Rolf Movement™ Instructor.
Career before Rolfing®
Before becoming a Certified Rolfer™ Hervé was a Physical Education and Sports teacher. He was also a dancer, body movement worker and a Pilates teacher as well as Pilates trainer.
It is thanks to his training in Modern Dance, Pilates and Feldenkrais that Hervé discovered the psychosomatic techniques that would help him to understand movement in a different way, and to ultimately become the first teacher-educator of STOTT-PILATES in Spain.
On what inspired Herve to train in Rolfing®
I was very attracted by this approach which is based on shaping inner structure, on connection with hidden dimensions of our organism, on relationships with life. From my first experience in a Spectrum session (an orientation course), I realized that the more I was nourishing an easy sense of balance verticality, the more I was opening up – not just to my environment, but in all aspects of my life. And vice versa: Rolfing® gave me the concrete experience of the unconditional letting go in gravity which leads to space and articulations for the inner and outer body.
And then, the true and authentic connections I had with the Rolfing® community sealed the deal for me.
What Hervé most enjoys about teaching
Sharing my experiences with enthusiastic students, in this respectful frame of the training environment, always gives unexpected results. It’s amazing how each group reacts as an alive system, and each student is so different in their ways of being, learning, sharing, touching and responding to being touched. Each group pushes me to enlighten my Rolfing® vision as if I was teaching from a new perspective. Each time, it obliges me to unfold and specify my own understanding. I find it always challenging and it keeps my teaching alive and creative.
Hervé on his teaching method
The most remarkable thing during my training was to see how the Rolfing® teachers were carrying the vision of the method in their way of teaching: it was written in their being and acts before their words.
In my teaching, I aim to open a space of immersion, as it would be to learn a language, hand to hand. I try to bring out all the facets of the work of a Rolfer™ , of what we build in a praxis: a presence in relation to space, to the other, to the know-hows, all this in a shared process of transformation. I seek to open up to the diversity of students, with their resources and their needs, just as the future Rolfer™ will do for each client. I am particularly attached to developing learning through the intelligence of the body, a true cornerstone of our training. It reveals through embodiments, an endless dialogue with our body in relationship with the forces of life, in a way that we can then open up to the other.
On what makes a good Rolfer™
Each time I meet a colleague, I am amazed by the rich diversity of personalities and backgrounds found in the Rolfing® community. But for me, what makes a good Rolfer™ is our capacity to transmit an inner and alive balance/alignment, hand to hand, and our awareness of touching a human being in so many dimensions, while being deeply touched.