The conference has started. Last night hearing and seeing the 7 Rolfers on the dais talking about their experiences with their training during the Esalen years, preceding the 40 years ago founding of the Rolf Institute, I began to think of those movement teachers of mine who were so influential to me, and who were or were not there.
Jim Asher was there. He was the first Rolfer that I trained with who had actually cross-trained, both as a Rolfer and as a movement teacher. He still is a model for what a Rolfer should be to me: someone who can have a foot in both worlds of the person/body and have those Moments where transformation occurs. I have known Rolfers who fly in to work with him. As well, he is a cranial therapist who can also make cranial work with the rest of it: the structure and the function.
I missed Judith Roberts, and Louis Schultz, both Rolfers who cross-trained who were important to me, Louis as a mentor in my early days of the mid-years of the ’80’s and Judith as someone who saved my bacon as a professional when I worked in such a way as to damage my thoracic outlet in 1985. She came to Philadelphia in that year, and I saw her once a month on her visits until I managed to embody a way of working that could allow me to continue.
I missed Janie French and Annie Dugan. They were way ahead of their time at RISI.
I missed Rebecca Carli. She has been so inspirational in the movement world in so many ways, and is the person I refer to as a practitioner as well, (what would Rebecca think of this!) since she is a performer herself and comes at Rolf Movement and Rolfing SI in a dual path, it is as one path.
I missed Hubert Godard, another refugee from the dance/performance world who has been so influential to me. His French intellectual tradition combined with Rolfing SI and movement principles has driven me since first classes with him in Philadelphia. I love the way he teaches, and will never forget the first time we learned to jump (you can read my post on dunking in these blogs) and he didn’t teach us to land until the next year when he came back. There were a lot of heavy landings.
There are a lot of good movement practitioners in the Rolfing world, many of whom have studied diligently, and are available at www.rolf.org.
These above are some of the ones I am thinking of as primary to my well-being and work as a Rolfer in the world, and I hope that none of them, the quick and the dead, would be embarrassed tomorrow.
Back in the present, this morning I got a call from my son Paul just before his rehearsal in Verizon Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and I related to him that I had a performance anxiety dream last night.
The dream went like this: about 5 or 6 people showed up for my breakout session at 10:15 on Friday at the conference at the Boulderado Hotel. After I said about three sentences, 3 or 4 of them walked out and the others were talking about where they would have lunch.
Paul said, “HA! BAD DRESS REHEARSAL, GOOD PERFORMANCE!”
I wish I had replied, “From your mouth to the ears of the Tonic Postural Complex”, but it was too early for repartee here then.