Structural Integration Program

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.

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.

FACULTY

Lead Instructors

  • David Davis
  • Jill Gerber
  • Peter Ehlers
  • Kirstie Segarra

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants may request an application by emailing the program director below. Applications are due by April 1st, 2022 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 May 1, 2022. The program begins in August of 2022 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.

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