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™