This class will be an immersion into the undeniably important roles of the nervous system in the Rolfing®/SI process. Through a mix of lectures, discussions, and hands on exercises, we will introduce and explore the various ways that our classic hands-on and movement-work affect the nervous system.
Class topics will include:
The relationship between fascia and the NS
How the NS influences posture and movement
How touch creates change at peripheral and central NS levels and what might be the "release"Â clients and practitioners commonly feel with our work.
A responsible survey of the evidence as to how Rolfing/SI likely changes important measures like posture, movement, pain, and embodiment
An introduction into how and why Rolfing/SI is a bio-psycho-social approach
How to integrate this information in to making effective clinical decisions, strategizing sessions, and prioritizing client goals throughout the 10-series.
This will be a systems-view of how and why our work is so powerful; we will simultaneously honor the complexity of an integrative process while we aim to simplify and improve the application of our craft. With a deeper understanding how Rolfing/SI can support and nourish nervous systems, we get to be more effective at helping our clients become more flexible, adaptive, and resilient as well as being more capable of integrating new, healthier patterns of both perception and behavior. We know this work is as wildly complex and as it is powerful; this class will highlight lots of the reasons why.
After almost 20 years of study Michael Polon still has the same beginner's excitement when it comes to exploring the art, science, theory and practice of Rolfing® Structural Integration. He began studying at The Rolf Institute in 1998 and began teaching in 2001. Through consistent curiosity and study from within and outside the field of Structural Integration, Michael is passionate about updating the understanding of how anatomy, physiology, movement, posture, pain, therapeutic alliance and healing all come together in our work.