Jörg Ahrend-Löns

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“From the very beginning it was clear to me that Rolfing® would change my way of working with people. The idea of a structure which connects everything to everything  – the fascial net – and the way of touching people in different layers was fascinating to me from the very start”

 

 

Jörg Ahrend-Löns

Jörg Ahrend-Löns is Rolf Movement™ Practitioner and a Certified Advanced Rolfer®. He has been a member of The Rolf Institute since 1991 and is a Faculty Member of the International and European Rolf Movement™. He was involved in setting up the first Rolfing® Modular Training in the German language.

Since 2012, Jörg has been an International Rolfing® Instructor, running his own practice in Göttingen, Germany.Jörg has studied with different teachers including Peter Melchior, Didier Prat, Hubert Godard, Jean-Pierre Barral, Michael Salveson, Jan Sultan and Peter Schwind.

Career before Rolfing®

Jörg graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1982 from the University of Göttingen. In the subsequent years he worked in the department of orthopedics at the University Medical Centre Göttingen (UMG), followed by 6 years of teaching at UMG’s School of Physiotherapy.

On what inspired Jörg to train in Rolfing®

After my education as a physiotherapist there was still an open question: what is “behind” function, movement and pathology? When I first heard the term of “Structural Integration” I immediately was curious and inspired. Experiencing my first Rolfing sessions was an eye-opener. From the very beginning it was clear to me that Rolfing® would change my way of working with people. The idea of a structure which connects everything to everything  – the fascial net – and the way of touching people in different layers was fascinating to me from the very start.

“To help clients to find their own voice, their own perception of body and mind has parallels to what I perceive when students find their own way of communicating through touch”

What Jörg most enjoys about teaching

Working with clients has lots of similarities to the process of learning and teaching Rolfing®. To help clients to find their own voice, their own perception of body and mind has parallels to what I perceive when students find their own way of communicating through touch. Everything is based on the capacity to find this very specific relationship (hands-on-body) between two human beings which opens adaptive ways of communicating with oneself. This is true for both – the Rolfer™ and the client. The goal in both cases is to find your own options of support, security, adaptability and joy in your own unique and personal way.

Jörg on his teaching method

Rolfing® is theoretically based on four main principles – support, adaptability, palintonicity (in German: Spannkraft) and closure. I like to play with these principles to make them vivid and tangible in my practical work and in teaching as well. They are important key-stones which give orientation and reference for our work.

“The attitude of a good Rolfer™ is based on empathy and compassion for human beings”

On what makes a good Rolfer

The attitude of a good Rolfer™ is based on empathy and compassion for human beings. This includes the ability to take the risk, to find security in the unknown. Curiosity and openness for unexpected “changes of directions” in the journey of human development in order to find confidence in their own resources, takes both client and Rolfer™ into more space, more freedom and more joy.