A balanced heart needs a balanced body to call home and a balanced mind to be strong.
I first began the process of Rolfing in support of my personal training in Taiji and Qigong. Being an avid student of Taiji since 1992 and an instructor since 2011, I became increasingly aware of structural and functional imbalances in my own body. I tried multiple modalities from massage to acupuncture to help me with the changes I sought.
In 2012, I was introduced to Rolfing through the work of Mark Donahue and I was hooked. I had found a system of bodywork that helped me navigate not only the physical changes of life but also the emotional and mental challenges.
I completed my Basic Rolfing Training in 2018 and started Heart Balance Rolfing in order to practice and share the benefits of the art and science of Rolfing Structural Integration.
In addition to Rolfing, I have a BFA in Photography from Ohio University and an MS in Arts Management from the University of Oregon. I have been a Senior Instructor at the University of Oregon since 2002 specializing in professional development for artists, arts entrepreneurship, and arts business development. I hold multiple instructor certifications in Taiji and Qigong. I am certified as a Wilderness First Responder and am current in CPR.
Certified Rolfer™, Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Boulder CO, 2018
Board Certified Structural Integrator (BCSI), International Association of Structural Integration, Seattle WA, 2018
Licensed Massage Therapist #24603, Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, Portland OR, 2018
Wilderness First Responder, National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander WY, 2018
Certified Tai Chi Instructor, Energy Arts Inc., Fairfax CA, 2011-2015
MS Arts Management, University of Oregon, Eugene OR, 1996
BFA Photography, Ohio University, Athens OH, 1993
NM1: Neural Manipulation: Neuromeningeal Manipulation; An Integrative Approach to Trauma with Lisa Polec, DC, BI-D, Barral Institute, January 2019
What We Know About Healing: From Traditional to Evidence-based with Elaine Walters, Executive Director at the Trauma Healing Project, December 2018
Trauma-Informed Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication with Elaine Walters, Executive Director at the Trauma Healing Project, November 2018
Inner Spaces of the System of Fascia and Membranes with Peter Schwind, Ph.D., September 2018
Embodiment Applied: Using Movement Principles to Supercharge Structural Work with Bethany Ward, faculty member at the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration in both the Rolfing® and Rolf Movement® departments, September 2018
Transforming Pattern: Shifting from Unaware Habit to Conscious Choice with Heather Starsong, Certified Advanced Rolfer & Rolf Movement Practitioner and Gael Rosewood, Certified Advanced Rolfer & Rolf Movement Practitioner, September 2018