This class will offer deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved in two quintessentially human activities: breathing and walking. Based on Tonic Function theory—shared with the SI community by Rolfer™ Hubert Godard—tools will be provided to evaluate and improve habitual movement patterns connected to the related dynamics of breathing and walking.
You will learn a series of Rolf Movement® sessions: clearly outlined therapeutic interactions designed to foster a deepening of a client’s sensory awareness and an enhancement of their perception. This activation of the “Movement Brain” unlocks an inherent potential for efficient and graceful stabilization. You will acquire evocative language and effective movement cues to improve your clients’ stability, balance and coordination. You will also be guided in how to incorporate these sessions into specific stages of the SI Recipe and learn powerful self-care techniques for both yourself and your clients.
How can we guide our clients to let tonic muscles take care of moment-to-moment stabilization and let phasic muscles be responsible for action?
How can a preference for focal vs peripheral vision lead to movement restrictions and compromised postural and breathing patterns?
What is the relationship between chest breathing and abdominal breathing? How does this relationship affect sympathetic/parasympathetic activation of the autonomic nervous system?
How can suboptimal diaphragm-to-diaphragm relationships cause or contribute to maladaptive and dysfunctional spinal curve patterns?
With the psoas muscle entwined with the lower fibers of the diaphragm, how does walking affect breathing and vice versa?
Serge Gracovetsky’s Spinal Engine theory will help us explore, both theoretically and practically, the biomechanical dynamics of walking. We will also draw on somatic disciplines such as modern dance, Feldenkrais, Bartenieff and other approaches to heightened embodiment. We will learn to feel and teach the natural truth of the structural integration series as perceptive/coordinative embodiment. Each day we will move together, as a group, in pairs and individually in order to build an essential movement vocabulary for SI work.
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 all the material presented.
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.