“There is no ‘technique’ to teach Rolfing, there is instead a shared space, between student and teacher, and of understanding the body and life in a specific way.”
Konrad Obermeier became a Certified Rolfer™ in 1991 and a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ in 1994. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Life Sciences Faculty of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (DIRI, Boulder, CO, USA) and teaches Anatomy for the European Rolfing® Association e.V.
Career before Rolfing®
Konrad studied Communications and Anthropology at the University of Munich which was followed by extensive travels which led him to India where he did Yoga-teacher training in Kerala in 1988/89.
On what inspired Konrad to train in Rolfing®:
“I felt personally very touched by the sessions – my background of an upbringing in a rigid cultural environment, in combination with the traditional but exotic Indian Yoga that I was learning, was leading me to ask for more explanation.
I have also always had a fascination with the plasticity of the human form and so in addition to Yoga, have studied many different somatic approaches such as Biomechanics, Continuum Movement, Osteopathy, Cranio-Sacral work and, specifically, Embryology. For me, the impact of culture on the human body and its potential is an ongoing field of research.”
What Konrad most enjoys about teaching:
“Inspiring people to discover the body as the real home and source of all related activities.”
Konrad on his teaching method:
“At times my teaching is quite challenging and cognitive as I provide lots of information in a lecture, but this always comes with an alive and active performance that makes the material presented a rich experience and invites the student to embody. There is no ‘technique’ to teach Rolfing, there is instead a shared space, between student and teacher, and of understanding the body and life in a specific way.”
On what makes a good Rolfer™
“Genuine interest in the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and cultural body and compassion for all the other human-fellow-travelers on planet earth.”