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Michael Salveson  

Michael Salveson

Michael Salveson was trained as a Rolfer™ by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in 1970. In 1972 he was asked by Dr. Rolf to assist her in training classes and was certified as a Rolfing® Instructor by Dr. Rolf in 1973. He has been in active practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for 38 years and an Instructor for the Rolf Institute’s Advanced Training for 22 years. Michael Salveson was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rolf Institute from 1976-1979 and President of the Rolf Institute from 1979 to 1982.

Michael has been instrumental in developing theory and techniques useful in releasing restrictions in the body’s ligamentous-articular system. He has studied extensively in the traditions deriving from osteopathy and works closely with inherent motion in the body. He is a 20 year student of Taoist Chi Gung and an avid fly fisherman.


John Schewe  

John Schewe

John Schewe has been a Certified Rolfer since 1987, completing his Advanced Rolfing Training in 1991. He taught anatomy and physiology, structural kinesiology, and deep tissue technique classes for the Blue Cliff School of Massage in Kenner, Louisiana from 1990-1996. John has been part of the Rolf Institute Anatomy Faculty since 1995 and is currently Chair of the Life Sciences Group at the Rolf Institute. Though his academic background is in geology (MS, Louisiana State Univ., 1979), John has had a keen interest in the biological sciences as they pertain to bodywork in general and Rolfing Structural Integration in particular. He brings a fresh perspective to this material and his desire is to make the study of anatomy and physiology interesting, informative, and enjoyable.


Robert Schleip  

Robert Schleip Ph.D.

Certified as the first German Rolfer in 1978, Robert continued becoming a Life Science Instructor and Rolfing Instructor for the Rolf Institute, as well as a Certified Feldenkrais Teacher and earning a masters degree in psychology. After a 4-year medical research sabbatical, which generated ground breaking discoveries on active fascial contractility, his PhD dissertation was honored in 2006 with the highly esteemed  'Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine'. Robert is research director of the European Rolfing Association and also directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm university in Germany. His websites  www.somatics.de and www.fasciaresearch.com  have become highly used sources for interdisciplinary professional information. Robert's Rolfing approach tends to focus on fascia as a sensory organ and includes the selfregulatory dynamics of the neuro-myofascial net. His teaching style embraces evidence based medicine together with more wholistic values. 


Jan Sultan  

Russell Stolzoff

Russell Stolzoff was instantaneously committed to Rolfing SI from the very first session he experienced in 1983 when he was a model client in a training class at the Rolf Institute. He completed his basic training in 1989 with Gael Ohlgren, Jeffrey Maitland and Michael Murphy, and took his Advanced Training with Michael Salveson in 1998. Along the way, Russell has delved deeply into somatic psychology. He was a student of Peter Levine during the first Somatic Experiencing training and he completed a 5-year course of study in developmental body psychotherapy at the Bodynamic Institute. In 1999 Russell re-comitted to his career as a Rolfer and began assisting in Rolfing training classes. This led to becoming a lead instructor in 2002. Russell has unbridled passion about the power of Rolfing SI and uses his keen perception to lead his students into the process of discovery and learning. Russell believes deeply that becoming a skilled bodyworker requires devotion over time and feels honored to be a part of students' early experiences on their path toward becoming Rolfers. Russell is a past Chair of the Rolf Institute's Board of Directors and continues to serve the organization on education and strategic planning committees.


Jan Sultan  

Jan Sultan

Jan Sultan’s initial encounter with Ida Rolf was in 1967 as her client. In 1969 he trained under her, and after having assisted several classes, was invited by Dr. Rolf to become an instructor in 1975. After further apprenticeship,  Dr. Rolf invited him to take on the Advanced teaching.  He currently teaches Basic Trainings, Continuing Education, and Advanced Trainings for the Rolf Institute. He feels strongly that his responsibility as an instructor goes beyond simply passing on what he was taught, to include the refinement and coherent development of the ideas and methodology taught by Ida Rolf. Jan lives in Northern New Mexico, and practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Hiro  

Hiroyoshi (Hiro) Tahata

Hiroyoshi Tahata was a research worker at the Hayashibara Biochemical Laboratories for 9 years where he studied the drug for thrombocytopenia. In another project on the Bi-digital O-Ring Test as a form of applied kinesiology, he witnessed with his own eyes how the body can be responsive to healing with subtle stimuli.  

Hiro completed basic training with Patric Ellinwood and Jon Martine in 1998. Next year, he trained with Carol Agneessens and Rebecca Carli in order to start providing the Rolf Movement sessions in Japan. Hiro assisted the first Unit I class in Japan with Jon Martine and John Schewe, associated with highly motivated Rolfer-candidates in 2001. He became a Rolf Movement faculty member for the Rolf Institute in 2009, mentored by Carol and supported by his colleagues.  

Hiro continues to explore how to apply “Yielding” , motility and perception into Rolfing practice.


Juan David Vélez  

Juan David Vélez

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, he 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.


Pierpaola Volpones  

Pierpaola Volpones

Pierpaola Volpones was certified as a Rolf Movement® practitioner in 1986. She trained with Annie Dugan and Janie French and was the first Rolf Movement practitioner in Italy. Then in 1988 she trained as a Rolfer with Stacey Mills and Michael Salveson. Michael Salveson and Jeff Maitland were her Advanced teachers, in 1996. She has been happily working in Italy for 23 years.

In 2006, she was certified as a Rolfing SI and Rolfing Movement instructor and since then, she has taught several Basic Rolfing classes in Munich and in Italy. Her approach as teacher and as practitioner a well, combines the functional aspects of Rolfing with a well-rooted structural approach to the work.


Thomas Walker  

Thomas Walker

Thomas completed the Basic Rolfing training in 1987, the Advanced Rolfing Training in 1993 and has been on the faculty since 2004. He has extensive training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and integrates its subtle evoking with the direct contact of Rolfing SI. His main goal in class is to have every student be successful. Thomas creates a safe learning environment, helps students identify and enhance their learning and perceptual styles, teaches how inner process affects perception and how shifting inner awareness affects tissue response.

He enjoys teaching students how to integrate the body’s innate self ordering as expressed through inherent motion into the touch skills necessary to accomplish the goals of the Rolfing process. He lives, practices, skis, bikes, and plays in Steamboat Springs, CO.


Bethany Ward  

Bethany Ward, M.B.A.

Bethany Ward completed basic training with Jim Asher, advanced work with Jan Sultan and Tessy Brungardt, and movement certification with Lael Katherine Keen. Bethany loves learning – both as a lifetime student and as an instructor. She is deeply indebted to her mentors Duffy Allen, Til Luchau, and Ray McCall.

As an instructor, Bethany is adept at making complex ideas understandable and speaking to a variety of learning styles – skills gained from a background in academia and business. After graduating from the NC School of Science and Mathematics, Bethany received a BA in psychology and an MBA. She discovered her passion for teaching when Kaplan Inc. hired her to raise students’ scores on graduate entrance exams. Bethany traded life in corporate America for "a chance to work one-on-one with people, helping them find solutions for themselves" and never looked back. Bethany’s private practice is ActionPotential, Inc., (www.rolfusa.com) in Durham, NC.

Bethany is Past-President of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation and enjoys writing for various bodywork publications.