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David Davis
Presentation: Closing Remarks Special Presentation

David has been practicing SI since 1977. He was touched by the work in 1964-65 and trained in 1976-77. He was a founding member of the Guild for SI teaching prerequisite, Basic, Advanced and CE classes for 20 years. David was an early member of IASI having sat on the Executive Committee for Testing/Certification and has taught numerous workshops through IASI pre-covid. He also has taught for Hellerwork, Soma, GSI, and EGSI. He was a founding partner of the Crestone College of SI until closure in 2018.

He was a core member of the John Lodge project which published , "Structural Integration: The Basic Series in all its Abundance” and presented at the EGSI Symposium in Prague in May of this year. He is also lead instructor with Dr. Kirstie Segarra, Jill Gerber and Peter Ehlers as adjunct faculty with the SI training at the University of New Mexico in Taos which leads to an Associates degree in Structural Integration.

In the 46.5 years he has been practicing he has also completed 40,000+ sessions. He has been a conscious breather and meditating for 48.5 years having worked with many spiritual Masters and been married to sweet Lorraine for 45 years. They just moved from the Denver area to Tucson where he is establishing a practice, enjoying the Sonoran desert, giving time to writing, mentoring and developing the Center of Structural integration.

In 1993 David taught SI to Dr.’s and P.T.’s at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ.

Article in Massage Therapy Magazine: An Open Universe


Edwin Maupin
Presentation: The Essentialsof Structural Integration

I've been practicing Structural Integration for 50 years. I studied with Dr. Ida Rolf in 1968-9 , and I have been practicing her method (of Structural Integration) ever since.

I am a psychologist. I received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1962 with a dissertation on Zen Buddhist meditation.Rolfing®Structural Integration, to me, is an extension of meditation, and its healing effects come from a developing connection with the felt experience of the present moment - physical presence.

Rolfing®Structural Integrationis designed to uncover the basic relation of the human frame to gravity. It is an Expansional Balance of grace and ease. The Four Parts of Expansional Balance are a systematic guide to opening the body. This movement model guides all my work.

"Awareness makes the Change."The awareness approach to Structural Integration engages the client in the process, rendering it painless (nearly) and integral, effective, and self-originating.

I am past-President (sometimes 'President-Emeritus') of theInstitute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB)in San Diego which became the International Professional School of Bodywork. My Rolf Structural Integration classes are conducted there as well as a course in Somatic Psychology.

"A Dynamic Relation to Gravity" is my two-volume manual of Structural Integration

Website :

(1.25 CEUs)


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Gael Rosewood
Presentation: The Science/Art of Rolfing®Structural Integration: the innate wisdom of an interactive communication

Gael Rosewood joined the Esalen massage crew in 1969. Thus began her career and 50+ years of inquiry into the arts and science of somatic therapies. In 1970 she trained with Ida Rolf, the founder ofRolfing®Structural Integration or Structural Integration. In 1971 she took Judith Aston's first training in Rolfing® Movement.Gael met Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, founder's of Continuum, in 1978.Thus began her many years of love and devotion to this practice. She became a Continuum teacher in 1999 and has taught internationally and locally. She last taught with Emilie in Jan. of 2014. After Emilie's death that year, Gael became a teacher for the Wellsprings program that was developed by Emilie and Robert Litman for a 3 week emersion into the principles and practice of Continuum.

After 10 years of study with Judith Aston and at the Rolf Inst., Gael helped to initiate the Rolfing®Movement program. She was an instructor for both Rolfing®Movement and the Rolfing® Structural Integrationfaculty until 1998. Over the years she augmented her own practice with cranial/sacral techniques, visceral manipulation, nerve sheath release, Hubert Goddard movement classes and scar tissue work. In 1998, she took Peter Levine's training to become an S.E. (Somatic Experience) practitioner. Currently Gael maintains a private practice on Vashon Island, WA She still occasionally mentors Rolfing and Continuum students and teaches CE classes.
(1.25 CEUs)
Jan Sultan

Jan Sultan
Presentation: Ida Rolf’s Gift, Our Legacy - Keeping The Integrity In Structural

Jan Sultan is one of the giants of Rolfing® Structural Integration. He is among the few who studied directly with Ida Rolf and who was directly asked (directed) by Ida Rolf to teach the upcoming generation of Rolfers. And as a teacher of multiple generations of Rolfers, there are few that have had a hand in the development of so many generations of Rolfers and Advanced Rolfers. Therefore, Jan Sultan's influence can be felt in the hands of many practitioners, and in the hands of his students, and their students.

He practices Rolfing® Structural Integration in Redondo Beach, California, and is very active in both teaching and therapeutic Structural Integration work.  Jan is from a hard working blue collar background, and this imbues his practice and teaching with the best of practical sense and workmanlike integrity.

(1.25 CEUs) 


Jim Asher
Keynote Presentation:Ida was my hero!

Jim Asher is an internationally recognized Rolf Institute®instructor and practitioner. He offers AdvancedRolfing®Structural Integration, Rolf Movement Integration and cranial sacral therapy.Jim has been a certified Rolfing Instructor since 1974. He trained with and assisted Dr. Ida Rolf. He studied spinal mechanics with many D.O.’s, including Philip Greenman.

The founder of the Colorado Cranial Institute and he is a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators. He continues to enjoy practicing in the city of Boulder, Colorado.His work with clients aims to relieve symptoms such as neck, back, and hand pain, and issues with posture and tension. Rolfing also offers increased mobility, performance and injury prevention.

(1.5 CEUs)

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Judith Aston
Presentation: Dr. Ida Rolf was sooooo impressive!

Judith said, "I had theprivilege of spending quite a bit of time with Dr. Rolf from April 1968-1976 as her “girl Friday “, assistant, trainee, practitioner, and faculty by creating 3 trainings from Dr. Rolf’s program. I want to celebrate with you just what she was able to achieve early on: as a woman leader, who presented and taught her program without the research at the time, but knew the efficacy of the work, and kept going because she knew about the hundreds of people she had helped."

Judith Aston is widely recognized as a pioneer in the art and science of kinetics for her discovery of the Aston® Paradigm. Her distinct biomechanical model for the human body is based on a unique way of seeing the body in relationship to the earth. This skill set has allowed her to create numerous ergonomic products.

Her discoveries about the importance of using the forces of gravity and ground reaction in alternating sequences has transformed many systems of exercise, bodywork, and movement education. Her acute ability to “see” the body in stillness and in motion, and to train others to see, established her unique discipline of bodywork and movement training.

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(1.25 CEUs)


Mary Bond
Presentation: A Somatic Inquiry for Rolf’s Upper Pole

Dr. Rolf called me “the little schoolteacher.” I hated the nickname, but in time I’ve realized she was right. I love teaching the functional aspect of Structural Integration. SI manual therapy is best integrated when it serves our clients’ potential to move, to sense and express themselves through their bodies. Their heightened somatic savvy is a prime benefit of our ten or twelve sessions of gravity therapeutics.
Through a short exploration of the maxillae, I’ll help you enhance your sensory understanding of the relationships between tensions within the oral cavity and balance of cranium on spine. Our personal somatic curiosity benefits our clients. The more intimately we understand our own patterns of expansion and compression, the more accurately we can identify our clients’ patterns. The more we feel, the better we see. And the more effective our Seventh Hours become.

Participants should set up to be comfortable lying supine, have a chair that seats the hips higher than the knees and room to walk six paces or more.

Mary Bond studied with Dr. Rolf from 1969 to 1972. Emeritus Faculty of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute, she has been involved in the development of movement education for SI from the 1970’s with Judith Aston to the current evolution through the work of Hubert Godard. She leads workshops in the US and internationally. Mary is the author of Balancing Your Body, The New Rules of Posture, and Your Body Mandala: Posture as a Path to Presence. You can read Mary’s blog and learn about her upcoming online workshop on the Shoulder Girdle at

(1.25 CEUs)


Michael McIver
Presentation: Please, Dr. Rolf...

I have been practicing Rolfing® Structural Integration since 1973. My basic Rolfing® Structural Integration class was taught by Emmett Hutchins and in 1974, I had the good fortune to receive my Advanced Rolfing® Structural Integration Training in a class taught by Dr. Ida Rolf, assisted by Jim Asher.

My first practices were in Boulder and Houston. I spent a year practicing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and since 1975 have practiced in Houston.

I have worked extensively with members of the Houston Ballet and the Houston Symphony and have focused for years on clients with scoliosis and other congenital issues, as well as with people recovering from accidents and injuries.


Neal Powers
Presentation: Our Collective Journey

I am a life-long student of Dr. Rolf.  I have been in private practice since 1973 and a teacher of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration since 1980.   I have had the privilege of having audited, partitioned and done advanced training with Dr Rolf. I currently teach workshops, basic classes, and advanced classes.

For me,  Rolfing® Structural Integration is an art whereby the practitioner over time develops an understanding of how to effectively ease structural strain and then, most importantly, to integrate the individual body around their own vertical axis.

The path in becoming a proficient practitioner requires some basic tools.
Learning how to touch.
Becoming aware of how to free restrictions.
Understanding the characteristics of strain
The importance of asking for movement.
The exquisiteness and importance of “pausing.”
To become comfortable and accepting with the unknown and the not knowing.

(1.25 CEUs)


Robert Toporek
Presentation: How Babies & Children can Benefit from Structural Integration?

10 years after Vietnam Robert began studying Rolfing directly with DR Rolf.

In 1978 Dr. Ida P. Rolf asked our founder Robert Toporek an Advanced CertifiedRolfing®Structural IntegrationPractioner to implement and manage a project to demonstrate, document, and promote the benefits of Rolfing®Structural Integration for babies and children. This was initially called "The Children's Project".Robert produced an award-winning video and a monograph entitled "The Promise of Rolfing".He has also published a number of articles on the subject.

Robert and Dr.Rolf both knew that performing Rolfing®Structural Integration on babies at an early age made a significant and possibly scientific difference in their neuromuscular development.Robert has worked with kids with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Scoliosis, Aspergers, as well as other kids with developmental challenges.

Robert is now raising a substantial amount of money $250,000- $ 500,000 to work with women and children that are survivors of domestic abuse and or have children with developmental challenges.

In 1995 Robert began to take his healing work to one of Philadelphia' most challenged neighborhoods. He set up his Rolfing®Structural Integration table on the sidewalk and offered free sessions to kids in the area. As time went on other volunteers joined the mission giving kids free massages, books, art supplies, athletic and music equipment. They also cleaned up the area and built a playground. in the summer of 1997, Robert and his volunteers began distributing over 50 computers to the families at 9th & Indiana In 1998 Robert began to expand this effort worldwide. This led to the evolution of "The Children's Project" to TeamChildren.

Our technology inclusion mission.

Despite the fact that we live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, poverty and poor education are still rampant. Today technology can make a difference yet far too many families do not have a home computer. Many schools are still using outdated equipment. Each day, older and slower computers are discarded because they are not equipped with all of the latest technological advances. Our mission is to re-purpose them to ensure that every child has access to the use of a computer in the comfort and safety of their home, every school has adequate computers in the classroom, and no social service organization is without the technological tools to accomplish their goals

By simply writing a letter explaining the need for one of our low-cost computers or devices, families obtain devices necessary to better educate their children. help us spread the word.With your help, we can become better known throughout communities that would benefit from our mission.


Sharon Wheeler
Presentation:The Fruits of Ida Rolf's Tree - Tradition, Growth and Innovation in Structural Integration

Sharon Wheeler is one of Ida Rolf's most prolific and creative students. She maintains an incredibly busy teaching schedule as well as having a vibrant practice of Structural Integration in Port Orchard, Washington.

Sharon has extended and taught the work of Structural Integration with Bonework, Scarwork, Cranial Work, as well as deepening and clarifying the work of Ida Rolf in her work and in her teaching. Sharon is a rare combination of deeply knowledgeable and spiritual, and her approach to Structural Integration is full of love for humanity and brimming with healing energy.

(1.25 CEUs)


Tom Myers
Presentation:Fascial Science and Structural Integration: 2022

The originator of the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians
Thomas Myers studied with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller, and with a variety of movement and manual therapy pioneers. His work is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies he made with European schools of osteopathy.

An inveterate traveler, Tom has practiced integrative manual therapy for over 40 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. Tom is the author of Anatomy Trains (2020, 4th ed), co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (North Atlantic, 2010, 2017), co-author of Anatomy Trains in Motion Study Guide (2019), author of Body3, The Anatomist’s Corner, Structural Integration: Collected Articles, and BodyReading: Visual Assessment and The Anatomy Trains, and has also written extensively for Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Elsevier).

He has also produced over 20 online learning courses with Anatomy Trains, and others in collaboration with various body-oriented professional groups. Tom lives and sails on the coast of Maine in the USA. Tom and his faculty conduct professional development courses and certification in Structural Integration worldwide.

(1.5 CEUs)


Will Johnson
Presentation: The Line as Mudra of Evolutionary Transformation.

Will Johnson completed his Structural Integration training with Ida Rolf, Jan Sultan, and Emmett Hutchins in 1975-6. His lifelong interest ever since has been exploring The Line as a mudra of transformation and has brought that understanding into the sitting practices of Buddhist meditation. He’s been an outlier teacher in the Buddhist world since the 1990s and has written extensively about the role of the body in spiritual practices. His many books include The Posture of Meditation, Breathing Through the Whole Body, Rumi’s Four Essential Practices.

He lives with his wife Coco in Costa Rica at the Bambu Hueco Retreat Centre where he guides and monitors serious meditators combining sitting meditation practices with Rolfing® Structural Integration and dreamwork sessions. Tricycle magazine has recently released a six-video series of his deeply body-oriented approach to sitting at His website is

Please read this article before attending Will's session:  Breathing Through the Whole Body

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