This Continuing Education class is open to practitioners of Structural Integration who have graduated from an approved IASI school.
This class will serve as both review and introduction to the articular Biomechanics of the Axial Complex. Touch, palpation, and perception of “normal” motion versus dysfunction in the spine will be emphasized. Students will augment their understanding of the functions of the myofascial and ligamentous bed, either supporting or limiting motion. Students will further their skill in body reading —how local and global restrictions affect the whole structure, collaborate on designing integrating client-centered Rolfing® sessions, and demonstrate skill in assessing their interventions.
Students will be assessed by the teacher through observation of their work during the body reading exchanges, the palpation exchanges, and their ability to make appropriate changes in the structure, accurately describing the process.
About the Instructor
Juan David Vélez has been practicing as a Rolfer® and Rolf Movement® Practitioner since 1995, first in his native Colombia, and for the last ten years in Portland, Oregon. Juan David is guided by the belief that mastery is the place where logic, knowledge, and intuition converge. As a practitioner, he combines a rigorous scientific understanding of the discipline with an open-minded, intuitive approach.
As a teacher, Juan David builds a strong framework of the science, theory, and philosophy of Rolfing® Structural Integration, and encourages students to investigate and master these concepts through play and personal exploration. Juan David has a particular interest in neuroplasticity, the seemingly limitless ability of the brain to change the body and to respond to the body by changing itself.
In his spare time, Juan David enjoys painting and ecstatic dance, a good cup of tea, and a serious game of chess.