Michael Stanborough, M.A. (Communication Theory, Victoria University), is the director of the Stanborough Educational Group. He has practiced Structural Integration (Rolfing®) for the past 20 years and was a full instructor at the Rolf® Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He was the first Australian to be certified to teach by the Rolf® Institute. He now teaches Structural Integration within his own sch
Using Our Bodies More Efficiently
In a recent AMTA survey, the number one issue of concern to therapists was not practice building or increased income. It was how to minimize wear and tear on their bodies.1 It raises the question - just how should therapists use their bodies as they work? In Australia, another survey revealed that the average working life of a therapist is just 3.5 years. Burn-out was listed as the main reason for leaving the profession. There's no escaping the reality that massage therapists do physical work and that takes energy. This understanding is a kind of "Physics 101" reality - work takes energy. Energy conservation for a therapist means getting better at understanding how to use their most essential resource – their own body.
Guide to Rolfing
A User’s Guide to Structural Integration
Dr Ida Rolf originally called her unique form of bodywork therapy “Structural Integration” when she developed it over 60 years ago. For several decades it has been known most commonly by the nickname “Rolfing”, a term that arose during Dr Rolf’s development of the method at Esalen Institute in California. When the residents and visitors there received her treatments they described it as being “Rolfed” rather than Structurally Integrated. Then a whole generation of people trained by her became known as “Rolfers” and the names – verb, noun and adjective – stuck. However, these days the term Structural Integration, practiced by Structural Integrators, is once again becoming more widespread. There are many graduates of schools certified by the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) including SI Australia, my Melbourne based training. It appears that 100 years after Dr Rolf received her PhD in bio-chemistry from Columbia University and used it as a springboard into a lifetime's exploration of working with fascia and human movement, the work she developed is here to stay.