Classes for the Public

Trauma & The Nervous System

Rolfing & Trauma & The Nervous System Learn how your brain is wired to respond to danger, and how overwhelming experiences can cause us to get stuck in danger-response mode. You'll understand the basic biological reasons for emotions, and gain compassion for yourself and others. This class includes experiential activities to help you feel how to monitor and consciously affect your own nervous system.
(Note, this class is not intended to treat severe emotional trauma. I am happy to provide a referral to a trained therapist.)
Based on the book 
Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine.

Weds February 10, 2016, 7-9 PM. (Note, you can grab dinner at the farmer's market before 7.)
3029 SE 21st Ave (1 block south of Powell Blvd.) at the People's second floor community room
Cost is $20. Sliding scale available. Please register and pay in advance: paypal payments can be made to, or you may phone in a credit card or stop by with cash or check in advance.

Smart Sitting

Are you perplexed by the question of how to sit? 
Do you find it difficult to settle in to a comfortable sitting position without fidgeting? 

In this workshop, you will discover:

  • The natural way to sit as dictated by your anatomy
  • How to find support from the ground up
  • How your sitting posture affects your breathing, your concentration & your state of mind

To be scheduled  - or contact me to schedule a class for your group.
Cost is $20, paid in advance.
For more information, read this article on sitting by my colleague Mary Bond, Certified Rolfer.

The New Rules of Posture

Why do we need new rules? The truth is the old rules – Shoulders back! Head up! – make most people feel stiff and unnatural. Healthy posture can be discovered from within, by cultivating your body’s ability to feel. In this workshop we'll share ideas about pain-free body use, including:

  • How your perception of the world creates your posture
  • Awareness of key zones in your body that shape alignment
  • How to change your habits without self-criticism
To be scheduled  - or contact me to schedule a class for your group.
Cost is $20, paid in advance.
For more information, read this book on posture by my colleague Mary Bond, Certified Rolfer.

Shoe Clinic

Rolfing Shoe Clinic
Learn how barefoot walking can inspire healthier 
shoe choices. We'll discuss what to look for in shoes, and check your shoes to see how they measure up. Please bring 4-6 pairs of your shoes. You'll leave with enough knowledge to confidently choose good shoes for future purchases. 
  • Understand natural motion of the foot
  • Learn the criteria for barefoot-inspired footwear
  • Evaluate your own feet
  • Modify your shoes to improve foot health (please bring 4-6 pairs)

To be scheduled  - or contact me to schedule a class for your group.
Cost is $20, paid in advance.

Healthy Shoe Choices (Download pdf for 2 page article) by Karin Edwards Wagner
    or download the 4-page expanded version intended for health professionals
Minimalist shoes can be purchased locally at Pie Footwear (NE Alberta). Ex. Vivobarefoot and Lems
Free online videos on running warm-ups and technique at Minimalist Mondays.
See the Press page for links to scientific articles pertaining to feet and footwear.

Free Rolfing for Children at People's Food Co-op, in May 2016

Rolfing for Children
Portland Rolfers will hold our 11th annual children's clinic in May 2016. We offer free sessions for children ages 0-10, to honor the birthday of our founder, Dr. Ida Rolf. We provide gentle bodywork to insure healthy growth and movement patterns, perform a structural check-up for preventative care, and offer treatment for concerns such as scoliosis, growing pains, pigeon toes, and more.  To register, I require names and ages of child/children, parent's full name, phone, email address, any health/growth concerns. To receive annoucements on next year's clinic, email me to get on my email list or follow me on Facebook.