This two-day class focuses on three foundational concepts underlying most RMI interventions: touch, gravity, and stability-mobility. When these fundamental concepts are present, our client sessions become more refined, effective, and potent in facilitating lasting change. Our work takes on meaningful dimensionality as we partner with our clients to identify and address their patterns of structure, coordination, and perception.
Touch: We will explore adapting our touch to match the intention behind our interventions, such as touch that evokes awareness, awakens proprioception, releases weight, supports continuity, or remaps coordination. RMI touch is capable of evoking shifts in tonus, sequence, and movement quality. We will practice shifting between and incorporating RMI educational touch and RSI fascial mobilization touch during client sessions.
Gravity: The focus is to gain a better understanding of how our clients process their relationship with gravity. Through embodiment and observation, we will explore the dynamic interaction between centers of gravity, base of support, spatial orientation, and capacity for weight shift as primary avenues for integration. Refining our capacity to directly address our own and our clients' patterns of movement relational to gravity is critical to facilitating lasting change in long-standing structural patterns.
Stability-Mobility: There is a synergistic relationship between our capacity to stabilize for mobility and mobilize for stability. This kinetic dialogue occurs locally and globally and is foundational for coordinating motor control. We will consider the stability-mobility continuum from a systemic perspective and how, as practitioners, we can address issues during our table work and with movement exercises to encourage client participation at home.
This class can stand alone or provide a useful prelude to the Spirals in Motion class that directly follows.
Rebecca Carli-Mills became interested in somatic movement studies while pursuing B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in dance. She earned certification in Rolf Movement® Integration in 1987, followed by Rolfing® and Advanced Rolfing® certifications. In 1994, Rebecca graduated from the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and joined the Rolf Movement faculty. Rebecca's understanding of gravity and movement potential has been enriched by her continuing studies with French movement expert, Hubert Godard, Ph.D. Additionally, she draws from training in craniosacral, energetic osteopathy, dance kinesiology and a variety of somatic movement modalities. Rebecca has a full-time practice in Chevy Chase MD.