An advanced professional training program for manual therapists and movement instructors

INTRODUCTION

Structural Integration (SI) is an advanced form of bodywork and somatic therapy that works with the fascial connective tissues in relationship to gravity. SI was developed by Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf in the 1940’s.

Rolfer David Davis states that “Rather than working on symptoms, she evolved a series and sequence of manipulations to change how structure relates to the planet. The gravity of this decision led to developing a sequence of manipulative sessions known as the 10-series. When she first began developing her approach, osteopaths and chiropractors were among the few medical professionals who believed the body could improve with fascial manipulation. The model of osteopathy, that structure creates function, was a key in the development of her work. She also explored man’s relationship to gravity as pivotal to structural and functional patterns, problems, and prospects. The insight that connective tissue holds the body in space and that bones act as spacers brought new relationships to light. And Rolf’s work is all about relationships: soft tissue to hard, matter to energy, structure to function, and connective tissue to health and well-being.”

The program is geared toward current Licensed Massage Therapists as well as instructors of body-centered therapies like Pilates, Feldenkrais and Yoga Instructors. The 510 contact hours of training will meet the International Association of Structural Integration (IASI) requirements for training in the SI Series work. In order to meet training standards in Anatomy, Physiology and Ethics, enrollees may take classes offered through the Medical Massage program or by other similar programs.

FACULTY

Lead Instructors

Rolfer

Rolfer, LMT

Jill Gerber went to massage school in 1987 and has been a full-time bodyworker ever since. She became certified as a practitioner of Rolfing® Structural Integration in 1996, an Advanced Rolfer® in 2002 and a Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner® in 2005. She is an Advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and holds certifications in Neural Manipulation and Visceral Manipulation. She continues her studies by taking many workshops each year, especially in osteopathy, visceral, neural and vascular manipulation. She has taught continuing education classes for bodyworkers for over twenty years. In 1992 she co-founded High Desert Healthcare & Massage in Santa Fe, NM, a complementary healing center with two locations and over 20 therapists.

ATSI, LMT

PhD, LMT, Structural Integrator and Structural Yoga Therapist

Kirstie Segarra, began studying yoga and Balinese Traditional Massage in 1996 in Bali, Indonesia while completing her Master’s Degree in Whole Systems Design, in the field of second order biological systems. She is a lead instructor for the UNM-Taos Yoga Teacher Training Program, which she founded in 2010. She is one of the lead instructors for the Medical Massage Program, which she founded in 2007. Kirstie is nationally and internationally recognized for her research in fascial health in Fibromyalgia completing her Doctorate in Integrative Medicine. She is a lead in her field and author of Myofascial Yoga: A movement and yoga therapist guide to asana. Her teachings in yoga asana blend structural bodywork, specifically myofascial meridians, with modified ashtanga, Iyengar, restorative and vinyasa. She also incorporates energy work, Tantra, traditional Chinese medicine, and Buddhists traditions. Kirstie emphasizes anatomical structure and function of postures to prevent injury, while increasing muscle and fascia flexibility to heal and change conditioned patterns for a healthier way of living.

Kirstie brings her experience as a practicing structural integration into the classroom for the medical massage students where she teachers ethics, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, oriental medicine and advanced techniques in medical massage. Kirstie incorporates her knowledge of Eastern techniques with Myofascial and Structural Bodywork. She is intentional in her integration of both philosophies and feels strongly that a great therapist should be strong in energetics as well as anatomical understandings of the body. She also practices in the lineage of osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, visceral and neural manipulation.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants may apply directly to the UNM-Taos Structural Integration Program at http://taos.unm.edu/home/integrative-health-and-medical-massage/ under the link for the SI program.

Applications are due by May 1st, 2020 and must include two letters of reference (one professional and one personal) and transcripts of prerequisites.

All applications are reviewed in a committee format by director and two faculty members. Formal approvals for admittance to the program are sent via e-mail by June 1, 2020. The program begins in August of 2020 and will be offered bi-annually.

Once you are accepted to the program, you need to apply for enrollment at UNM-Taos via our on-line application process at taos.unm.edu. Our academic advisors will help you enroll in the required classes for the program once they process your academic transcripts and the formal approval to the SI program. Financial aid possibilities can be explored through our financial aid office and by applying to FAFSA on-line. See flow chart below.

Apply for Financial Aid at http://taos.unm.edu/home/admissions/financial-aid/

For more information please contact the Program Director, Kirstie Segarra at ksegarra@unm.edu or (575) 737-3741.

More details, course dates, catalog, application are available here for download.

Program Catalog