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Carol Agneessens  

Carol Agneessens, MS.

For over 30 years, Carol has been exploring the multi-dimensional facets of the physical body. Since 1982, she has enjoyed an active practice in Rolfing® Structural Integration and Rolfing Movement® Integration. The Fabric of Wholeness (2001) explores somatic intelligence in the field of gravity. Continued inquiry into perception, touch and the dynamic interplay of the individual within their environment, continue to fuel her life long commitment to learning. As a devoted student of embryology and craniosacral therapy, her sensory understanding of the body as both movement and manifestation of consciousness is key. Carol teaches Rolfing SI, Rolfing Movement Integration and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy nationally and internationally, creating curriculums and approaches which tap the unseen talent of students.


Jim Asher  

Jim Asher

Jim Asher is an internationally recognized Rolf Institute instructor. He was trained as a Rolfer™ by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in 1971. In 1973 he was invited by Dr. Rolf to become a Rolfing instructor and to assist her in training basic and advanced classes. He assisted her until her death in 1979. He has been a certified Rolfing Instructor since 1974 and Jim was one of the first advanced teachers at the Rolf Institute.

For over 37 years, Jim has been in private practice, a senior faculty member of The Rolf Institute, the founder of the Colorado Cranial Institute and member of the International Association of Structural Integrators. He makes his home and practice in Colorado with offices in Boulder and Denver. Jim specializes in Rolfing Structural Integration and craniosacral therapy in his unique style of bodywork.


Valerie Berg  

Valerie Berg

Valerie Berg trained in 87 with Peter Melchior and Nicholas French. She is a big proponent of teaching the classical ten series to beginning students, as this is where a lot of our thinking and development occurs that takes us deeper into the work. The nuances and advanced work comes later developing out of knowing the territory of the ten series work. She worked in Guatemala for 5 years in the 90s and was exposed to the trauma of war and violence thus began studying Peter Levine’s trauma work. 

Valerie is also very interested in cultural and worldview influences on our structure and function. She has been teaching Rolfing SI for 11 years and received her Bachelors degree in Education and dance She is also a Rolf Movement Practitioner trained by Hubert Godard. She continues to study Visceral,  and Neural work as a component of her practice. She has been practicing in NewMexico for 26 years Tango dancing, yoga, hiking, sculling and kayaking keep her moving and interested in the vitality of our bodies continuing through the changes of the years. Her focus over the last 6 years has been developing ways of working with Structural Aging.

Mary Bond  

Mary Bond

Mary Bond trained with Dr. Ida Rolf from 1969 to 1972 and has an MA in Dance from UCLA.  On the Rolf Movement Faculty, she has been involved in the development of movement education for SI from the early days with Judith Aston to the current evolution through the work of Hubert Godard. She has authored two books, Balancing Your Body and The New Rules of Posture, and numerous magazine articles on bodywork and movement. Her teaching emphasis is on the practical sensory and movement awareness that contributes to sustainable improvements in mind and body functioning.  


Monica Caspari  

Rebecca Carli

Rebecca Carli became interested in somatic movement studies while pursuing B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in dance performance and choreography. She earned certification in Rolf Movement Integration in 1987 with Janie French and Annie Duggan.  In 1989, she became a Certified Rolfer and in 1992, a Certified Advanced Rolfer. In 1994, Rebecca graduated from the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training and joined the Rolf Movement faculty of The Rolf Institute. 

Rebecca’s understanding of gravity and human movement potential has been enriched by her long time studies with Hubert Godard. Godard’s work provides the chief theoretical and practical foundation that inspires her teaching. Additionally, she draws from her interest in the work of  Laban/Bartineff, Charlotte Selver, Julio Horvath and various forms of yoga. Rebecca believes that embodiment is a life long process, essential for somatic practitioners. 

Rebecca is a past Chairperson of the Rolf Movement faculty and ISMETA board representative. She teaches a variety of somatic movement courses at several universities.  Currently, Rebecca lives in the Washington D.C. area, where she maintains an active practice in Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration. Presently, her major challenge is “moving with ease and finding grace” while parenting two teen-age daughters.

Monica Caspari  

Monica Caspari

Monica Caspari became a Rolfer in 1989, joined the Faculty in 1994 and has been studying with Hubert Godard since 1999. Monica has taught in Brazil, United States, Australia, Germany and Japan. Her special curiosity is the interface between structure and function – especially how to elicit a new expressivity from the client.

Before becoming a Rolfer, Monica was a Hatha Yoga instructor and a doula for 19 years. Other influences have been Emily Conrad`s Continuum, Stanley Keleman's Formative Process and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing.

Monica’s articles have been published in the journals of the Rolf Institute, the Brazilian Rolfers` Association and in the IASI`s Yearbook. She independently published Mindful Movement, a book on Rolf Movement techniques edited by students under the guidance of Robert Schleip.

Monica lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Libby Eason  

Libby Eason

Libby Eason first experienced the transformative effects of Rolfing Structural Integration in 1975. She trained as a massage therapist in 1986, and practiced that profession for 12 years.  In 1992, Libby graduated from the Rolf Institute. She completed her Rolf Movement certification in 1994, and advanced training in 1997. She became an assistant instructor in 1998, and became a faculty member in 2005.

Libby continues to explore the continuum of Structure - Function - Energy as it applies to the art of Structural and Movement Integration. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Structural Integrators® as the Chair of Law and Legislation. In that capacity, Libby is active in legislative matters in efforts to preserve the distinct identity of the profession of Structural Integration.


Jane Harrington  

Kevin Frank

Kevin Frank has practiced Rolfing Structural Integration and movement education since 1987. He practices, writes and teaches from a model of structural integration based on the body considered as a movement system, in which lasting improvements in posture and well being are expressions of the "normal" that Dr. Rolf proposed. Kevin emphasizes, as did Rolf, that structural integration is primarily an educational approach to human health, in which there may be therapeutic consequences. Our role is to educate clients and students in matters of perception, differentiation of the body maps, and coordinative skills. Kevin's articles about perceptive and coordinative views of structural integration are available at www.resourcesinmovement.com under "Article Archive." He is the co-author (with Caryn McHose) of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness (North Atlantic 2006)

Kevin lives in rural NH where Resources in Movement Studio provides a training site for classes related to structural integration and movement education.


Jane Harrington  

Jane Harrington, M.A.

In 1979, Jane began her training in the first Rolf Movement training offered by the Rolf Institute. She joined the faculty in 1988 and completed her certification as a structural Rolfer in 1987. Since 1998 Jane has taught  basic Rolf trainings and Rolf Movement Integraton certifications, combining the structural and functional aspects of our work.

Over the last 25 years, Jane has been active in the development  curriculum and the  blending of structure and function. She taught in the first trainings that combined these two aspects of Rolfing Structural Integration. It is her belief that our world view and habits are key to the ways we work with ourselves and our clients. Jane has been expanding her understanding of this with her study of Matrixworks and the Klemmer Leadership Training.  Both of these trainings work with how e consciously relate to groups and to ourselves.