Ida Rolf told her early students to "follow my Recipe for 5 years or until you think you know what you are doing." This advanced training is designed to consolidate the training of a Rolfer™ into levels not available to an entry level practitioner. We will use Dr. Rolf's recipe, and the values expressed there, as a reference point. We will work with what you bring to the training from your own explorations. Our objective is to deepen your understanding of the work, and to refine your application of technique to become more economical and specific to the client's needs. One primary objective of the advanced class is to explore the nature of Rolfing® to the extent that new information you learn will strengthen your practice and not dilute it.
As the early 10-Series is a universal template, and useful to the widest range of body types, the advanced work is client-centered and is applied specifically to meet the needs of the individual. We will learn how to develop non-formulistic single session, and multiple session interventions. There will be a high focus on the biomechanics of normal joint function, and specific techniques taught to release the common motion restrictions that interfere with normal function. We will explore all Rolfing taxa, as well as different models of seeing, including Jan's Internal/External typology and Goddard's Tonic Function.
This organization will refine your ability to "see" the characteristic posture/structure signature of the body in motion, and enable you to derive meaningful information about intervention strategies. We will learn to teach our clients to use the work thru specific movement directives, given as part of the session, and for the client to work with post session.
While we have many learning objectives for this class, the primary one is that you, the student, take ownership of the work, and carry on the investigation we are all involved in as a partner and a peer.
About the Instructors
Jan Sultan's initial encounter with Ida Rolf was in 1967 as her client. In 1969 he trained under her, and after having assisted several classes, was invited by Dr. Rolf to become an instructor in 1975. After further apprenticeship, Dr. Rolf invited him to take on the Advanced teaching. He currently teaches Basic Trainings, Continuing Education, and Advanced Trainings for the Rolf Institute. He feels strongly that his responsibility as an instructor goes beyond simply passing on what he was taught, to include the refinement and coherent development of the ideas and methodology taught by Ida Rolf. Jan lives and practices in Los Angeles, CA.
Juan David has a strong passion for refining and further advancing the Philosophical Framework of Rolfing®. He strongly believes that a clear conceptual understanding is the foundation of a clear and effective practice. It is the element that ultimately helps our practice transcend technique and achieve a level of mastery. While there are several concepts that comprise the Philosophical Framework of Rolfing, the answer to the following three fundamental questions is particularly relevant in the context of the Advanced Training: What is Integration? How do you assess the level of integration in a human being? How do you facilitate a higher level of integration? Juan David brings over twenty years of teaching experience at all levels of the basic Rolfing training. He loves the interactions and growth that happens in the context of the classroom, and as a teacher, strives to guide students past a conceptual grasp of the theory to an embodied understanding of the work.