About Karin

Karin Edwards Wagner, Rolfing Portland

I first tried Rolfing when I graduated from college, hoping that it would help with the back pain I'd had for years. It turned out that improving my posture through Rolfing was the key.

The 10-session series resolved the chronic back pain, and it also dramatically improved my athletic ability. When I began practicing yoga, the movements felt easy and strong because my joints were better positioned and my movement was more coordinated. I trained to run a 5K without much discomfort, learned to ski as an adult, and got my blackbelt in Aikido. I tried each of those activities prior to receiving Rolfing, and felt a huge change after my Rolfing series. Rolfing helped me access my natural ability to move.

I receive Rolfing sessions as needed to support my body as I break through to new levels of movement and skill.

I've been a Rolfer for over 15 years, and I love doing this work. Sometimes it is like following clues to unlock a puzzle, so we work together to solve the mystery.

A bit more about me: I'm cis-female, I use she/her pronouns, and I identify as bi/queer though I am straight-passing. I'm very comfortable working with people wherever they are on the gender/sexuality spectrum.
I'm white, of mostly Irish/Welsh heritage, and I'm passionate about providing care that is appropriate for, and respectful of, people from other ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. I'm a founding member of Liberation Somatics, a group of mostly-white Rolfers who are working to educate ourselves and bring awareness and updates to our field and to the Wellness/Fitness world.

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Credentials

Continuing Education

  • 4/17/2005 Biomechanics for Structural Integration: The Asymmetrical Pelvis (3 days)
    Liz Gaggini, Certified Advanced Rolfer 
  • 6/29/2006 Scar Tissue Workshop (3 days)
    Sharon Wheeler, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 8/10/2006 Six Days to an Advanced Body (Advanced 5-session series) (6 days)
    Stuart Bell, Hellerwork Trainer
  • 3/25/2007 The Neck (and what supports the neck from below) (3 days)
    Russell Stolzoff, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 11/04/2007 The Neurology of Posture (nerves of legs, hips, arms) (4 days)
    Don Hazen, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 5/03/2008 Breathing and Walking: Movement Education to Support the 10-series (3 days)
    Mary Bond, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 10/13/2008 Biomechanics for Structural Integration: Legs & Arms (4 days)
    Liz Gaggini, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 11/16/2008 Whiplash  (2 days)
    Til Luchau, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 12/14/2008 Biomechanics for Structural Integration: Shoulder Girdle (3 days)
    Liz Gaggini, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 1/26/2009 Biomechanics for Structural Integration: Spine and Neck  (4 days)
    Liz Gaggini, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 5/18/2009 Neural Mobilization for the Shoulder and Pelvis (4 days)
    Jon Martine, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 10/2009, 3/10/2010 Neural Mobilization (4 days each, assistant to the class)
    Jon Martine, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 6/20/2010 Neural Mobilization Part II (4 days)
    Jon Martine, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 1/11/2011 Rolfing &Trauma (6 days)
    Lael Keen, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 7/21/2011 The Pelvis (with Focus on the Sacroiliac Joint) (4 days)
    Ron Murray, Doctor of Osteopathy (Canada), Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 10/5/2011 The Ankle & The Knee (4 days)
    Ron Murray, Doctor of Osteopathy (Canada), Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 2011 (Year-long) 12 Functional Methods (Indirect Techniques) (18 days)
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 1/10/2012 Visceral (Organ) Manipulation for Structural Integration (8 days) 
    Liz Gaggini, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 5/9/2012 Visceral Manipulation - Stomach, Liver, Gallbladder (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 11/8/2012 Visceral Manipulation - Intestines, Pancreas, Spleen (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 3/23/2013: Biomechanial Algorithm for Pelvis & Low Back (3 days)
    John DeMahy, RN, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 4/17/2013 Diaphragms, Ribcage, and Arms (4 days)
    Ron Murray, Doctor of Osteopathy (Canada), Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 5/9/2013 Visceral Manipulation - Reproductive Organs, Bladder, Kidneys (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 8/19/2013 Anatomy Dissection Lab for Structural Integrators (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 11/7/2013 Visceral Manipulation for Structural Integrators - Lungs, Diaphragm, Heart (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 1/23/2014 Rolfing & Trauma (6 days)
    Lael Keen, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 2/27/2014 Neurovascular Mobilization for Structural Integrators (3 days)
    Kirstin Schumaker, KMI Structural Integration
  • 5/6/2014 The Base of the Cranium (4 days) 
    Ron Murray, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 6/5/2014 Visceral Manipulation for Structural Integrators - Heart & Thorax (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 9/19/2014 Neurovascular Mobilization for Structural Integrators, Level 2 (3 days)
    Kirstin Schumaker, KMI Structural Integration
  • 10/24/2014 Rolfing & Spirals in the Body (3 days)
    Gael Rosewood, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 1/17/2015 Optimizing Central Nervous System Function (1 day)
    Dr. Satya Sardonicus, DC
  •  2/26/2015 The Upper Extremity (3 days)
    Ron Murray, Doctor of Osteopathy (Canada), Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 3/14/2015 Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectopia (aka CTE, a neurological condition) (1 day)
    Dr. Satya Sardonicus, DC
  • 4/9/2015 Balancing the Face (3 days)
    Lauren Christman and Richard Polishuk, Structural Integration Teachers
  • 6/4/2015 Joints, Tendons, and Bursa: Hands and Shoulders (3 days)
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 9/24/2015 Joints, Tendons, and Bursa: Hips, Knees, Ankles (3 days)
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 12/11/2015 Rolfing & Trauma Part 2 (7 days)
    Lael Keen, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 2/26/2016 Biomechanics: Asymmetrical Patterns (Advanced) (2 days)
    Liz Gaggini, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 3/31/2016 Joints, Tendons, and Bursa of the Spine (3 days)
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 4/11/2016 Visceral (Organ) Manipulation (Advanced series) (10 days)
    Liz Gaggini, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 5/12/2016: Biomechanial Algorithm for Pelvis & Low Back (3 days, assistant to the class)
    John DeMahy, RN, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 6/2/2016 Neural Mobilization for the Shoulder and Pelvis (4 days, assistant to the class) 
    Jon Martine, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 10/10/2016 Craniosacral for Infants (5 days)
    Carol Gray, Baby Whisperer
  • 11/17/2016: Biomechanial Algorithm for Shoulders, Neck, and Ribs (3 days)
    John DeMahy, RN, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • Jan-May 2017 Rolfing Advanced Training (24 days) & Certified Advanced Rolfer certification
    Jon Martine and Russell Stolzoff, Certified Advanced Rolfers
  • 12/15/2017 The Fluid Nature of Fascia (3 days)
    Jane Stark, DO (Doctor of Osteopathy, Canada)
  • 3/16/2018 Structural-Visceral Relationships in the Abdomen and Low Back (3 days)
    Bruce Schonfeld, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 6/21/2018 Barral Institute Visceral Manipulation 1 - Liver and Digestive System (4 days)
    Peter Coppola, PT
  • 11/9/2018 Neurobiology of Rolfing (3 days, assistant to the class)
    Michael Polon, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 1/10/2019 Barral Institute Visceral Manipulation 2 (4 days)
    Peter Coppola, PT
  • 1/26/2019 Oregon Pain Summit (2 days)
    Various presenters on the most up-to-date science about pain.
  • 3/6/2019 The Voice and The Diaphragm (1/2 day)
    Michael Hamm, bodywork instructor
  • 4/14/2019 A Vasculature Approach to Visceral Work (2 days)
    Frank Lowen, longtime visceral teacher
  • 5/2/2019 Visceral Manipulation - Lungs, Diaphragm, Heart (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 5/15/2019 The Base of the Cranium (4 days) 
    Ron Murray, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 8/8/2019 Visceral Manipulation - Spinal Cord, Brain, Cranial Vasculature (4 days) 
    Jeffrey Burch, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • March-Nov 2020 Personal Growth for Practitioners Using Principles of "Authentic Relating"
    Michael Polon, Certified Advanced Rolfer
  • 3/26/2021 Symposium for the International Association of Structural Integrators (2 days)
    I was the Presentations Chair and facilitated a Keynote on race justice in Structural Integration.
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