CE Review: The Upper Thoracic Aperture with Juan David Vélez

This October, 2018, Juan David Vélez, a faculty member of the Rolf Institute, came to Toronto for the Upper Thoracic Aperture CE workshop. While the focus was on the territory of the upper thoracic aperture, the discussions, explorations, and strategies were of a more global nature. The CE covered the bio-mechanical paradigm and the more abstract concepts of body perception, cortical maps, and pain science to give a full picture of how our work affects and effects our clients. We learned new diagnostic techniques, and simple, effective interventions (sometimes direct and sometimes indirect). One of the main themes of the class was, appropriately, “integration”, and what that is.  Juan David talked about moving from the common symptom orientation towards a system integration orientation, demonstrating among other things how tension in the scalenes can originate in the pelvis. The CE workshop ran from October 19-21 and was 3 Intermediate credits for RISI/RAC, and 21 credits for AISI.

Juan David is an excellent speaker. He is open to discussions, answers questions clearly, and provides good demonstrations and assistance on how to apply the techniques. I found the content to be very interesting, useful, and easily applicable into my practice. The CE workshop provided me with additional diagnostic techniques and wonderful speaking points as education for clients.  Juan David also has a pelvic CE workshop, and everyone who attended this CE event, including myself, are looking forward to when he can return to Canada to speak on this topic. I would highly recommend taking one of Juan David’s CEs if you are able to. 

Stephanie Brossard, Certified Rolfer™


CE Class Review: Guided Movement Techniques with Steven Radiloff

In December 2017, Steven Radiloff, a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ of 40 years, offered a CE for 2 manual (intermediate) credits on incorporating guided client movement in conjunction with hands-on work during sessions, as well as how to better see, evaluate and strategize patterns in a 360˚ view.


Benefits of incorporating guided client movement in sessions are:
  • Direct client involvement in the session creating a more conducive and inclusive participation in their own process and consciousness
  • Rolfer™ and client become more of a unified team
  • Enhancing the evolution and education of the client in their specific needs and goals
  • Reducing the “pain” factor of a passive client during the more challenging moments of change
The course was interesting, practical, and very useful. Incorporating the guided movement into my sessions was intuitive and easy to do. This course helped me to better “see” patterns in clients during body-readings, and to strategize what should be focused on during the session. I find that incorporating movement helps me to better see and feel what is happening in the client’s body (so I can feel if the knee wants to pull in or out with knee bends, can draw the client’s awareness to this, and can then help to correct this with manual manipulation). I can also use the movement to help ensure that joints are functioning in the proper planes of motion. “Put it where it belongs and ask for movement” (IPR). Should Steven offer this course again, I would recommend taking it. 


– Stephanie Brossard, Certified Rolfer™, B Comm, Certified yoga instructor.