I first discovered Rolfing during the second year of my massage training. That's back in 2002. Michael Stanborough was the teacher for our Myofascial Release class. He brought a depth of presence to the class that I had not experienced before. He explained about Rolfing and I knew that I wanted to become one!
Whilst working as a Massage Therapist I began my Rolfing training with Michael. By 2004 I had completed the first two Units. It was another two years before I moved to Sydney for 2 months to complete my third and final unit.
In June 2006 I graduated as a Certified Rolfer™.
Here we are. Back Row: John Smith (Assistant Instructor), Moira Mills (USA), Marnie Fitzpatrick, Patrick Ellinswood (Lead Instructor). Front Row: Su Tindall, Meran Cassidy
I worked for the next 5 years developing my practice and starting to discover where my interests lay. I love working with movement and discovered the french Rolfer and Dancer Hubert Godard whose approach to movement has revolutionised Rolfing.
It was a dream come true to study with him at Portals of Perception in Vancouver in 2011. The retreat blew my mind and changed my life. Susan Harper was the co-facilitator of this retreat. Her work has just as huge an impact on me and my practice.
From Hubert (and later Pilar) I get the perception and movement piece, from Susan I get the emotions and relating piece.
Hubert is in the top row second from the left, Pilar is in the bottom row to the left of me and Susan is on the right on the bottom row.
I was very lucky to have attended this retreat as the next year Hubert took a sabatical from teaching.
I am also lucky as since then have been learning from Pilar Martin who trained from Hubert for many years. I'm been to the US most years for Susan and Pilar's retreats. This final photo is of our Body of Perception retreat in 2013. I particularly loved this retreat.
The past 10 years have been a discovery of myself and my work. I feel so blessed to have a calling and a profession that I can live off. I am so grateful to all the teachers for helping my find my way and to my CLIENTS who have taught me so much. Without you, I would not be here.
Thank you! I'm looking forward to what the next 10 years bring.