This course offers a missing piece in Rolf's recipe: explicit consideration of how the goals and steps of structural integration translate into improved body stability and capacity for self-care. This course addresses stability from Rolf's view that there is such a thing as normal body behavior; human bodies have an inherent capacity to respond efficiently and effectively to physical and psychological challenges. We can find stability and express lengthening at the same time.
What does normal stability look and feel like?
How do anatomical structures contribute to stabilization?
Where does stabilization fit into an SI series?
How does self-care embed into each session of a series?
How does one clarify and deepen the pre-movement moment in changing coordination?
How do clients learn to discern and value non-effortful stability?
The work is founded on the Tonic Function model which posits that structural integration is based on five types of structure: physical structure, coordinative structure, perceptive structure, meaning structure, and expressive structure. We learn to see how each type of structure may, at any given moment, be a "pin" that fixates capacity and limits adaptability.
Tonic function differentiates stability approaches based on effort and unhelpful use of phasic motor units from stability based on a nuanced and natural response of our tonic system.
The course will feature lectures, discussions and experiential somatic practices to highlight the topics of Tonic Function, stabilization and somatic self expression. Reading materials and video links provided for self study will update us on recent scientific discoveries in the field of biomechanics, perception and coordination, serving as basis for class discussions. Students will learn relevant Rolf Movement sessions and self-care practices which will be demonstrated live and through video presentation. These sessions will be performed by students on their own clients, followed by class debriefings and question and answer sessions. As a clear step by step reference guide and for easy future recall, students will be provided with an illustrated booklet containing detailed descriptions of each session.
About the Instructor
Per Haaland is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement® Instructor. He received his basic Rolfing® training in 1989 and completed his advanced training with Jan Sultan and Jeff Maitland in 1994. Per has also trained in visceral and neural manipulation and is a certified biodynamic craniosacral therapist. Studies with Hubert Godard and Kevin Frank shape his understanding of structural integration as interactive somatic education, highlighting perceptual and coordinative processes. In his approach to Structural Integration and Movement Education, Per also draws extensively from his background as a professional dancer and choreographer.
As a teacher, Per is patient, approachable and thorough, helping his students reach deeper levels of embodiment while gaining sophisticated manual therapy skills and a solid understanding of the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of SI. Per lives in Santa Cruz, CA and maintains a private practice there and in Los Gatos, CA.