I am a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, trained yoga teacher, and hold a PhD in International Politics. I came to Rolfing® through a mix of chronic shoulder pain and a desire to work in a field that is connected to helping people in a direct way.
I’ve always enjoyed physical activity and became particularly passionate about yoga as a more holistic form of movement, fitness and wellbeing. I completed two yoga teacher trainings and a university extension course in yoga anatomy to deepen my understanding of the physical body and movement. Throughout this process, however, I got a shoulder injury that became chronic. I was diagnosed with myofascial pain, but none of the traditional treatments helped my condition. It was only after a significant research into my options that I found Rolfing®.
Despite some initial scepticism, I realised in the first session that I had found something very different. I felt immediate pain relief and a dramatic, exhilarating increase in my breathing capacity. Going through the Rolfing® sessions not only helped me mend my shoulder, but also improved my emotional wellbeing. Despite practicing Yoga for many years, it was through Rolfing® that I truly understood the mind-body connection. Overall, it was such a powerful experience for me that I quickly felt I wanted to share it with others. I completed the training at the European Rolfing® Association in Munich, Germany.
Apart from my love for Rolfing®, I also have a great interest in people, cultures, and languages. I was born in Brazil to German parents and grew up in Venezuela, Holland and Germany. I studied International Relations and International Political Economy (including a PhD) in the UK and went on to work in international scientific management in Brazil for six years before returning to Germany to begin my new career path. Now I live close to Baden and dedicate my time to Rolfing®.
My understanding of different people, cultures and languages is also reflected in my work with different bodies. To me, every physical body presents itself in its own unique way, and I see it as my task to comprehend its requirements so as to provide the right support for maximum wellbeing. It is this dialogue with each individual body that fascinates me most about Rolfing®. Although Rolfers® often tend to adhere to what is often referred to as the “recipe” for intervention, my work with clients is always individualised to accommodate their own physical structures, movement patterns and emotional states. My training as an Advanced Rolfer® has provided the necessary framework and techniques to go beyond this “recipe” and structure my work to directly meet the client’s needs.
Trainings and Workshops
- Fascia and Membrane Techniques: Function and Dysfunction of the Temporomandibular Joint, Peter Schwind, Munich, 2022
- Advanced Rolfing® Training, Jonathan Martine, Munich, 2022
- Review of the Rolfing® 10 Series and Explorations Beyond, Modules 2 & 3, France Hatt-Arnold, Munich, 2021
- The Spine: Physiology, Biomechanics and our Perception of the Spine, Pierpaola Volpones, Munich, 2021
- Exam in Basic Medicine, Biomedica, Zurich, 2020
- Listening Hands Module 1, Thomas Walker, Zurich, 2019
- Training Course for “Heilpraktiker”, REKS am Westend, Berlin, 2017-2019
- Perinatal Osteopathy Parts 1 and 2, Dennis Gülden, Berlin, 2017
- “How do I Perceive My Line?” Rolf Movement Workshop, Pierpaola Volpones, Hamburg, 2017
- Rolfing® Supervision, Harvey Burns, Munich, 2017
- Visceral Manipulation of the Upper Organs, Peter Schwind, Munich, 2017
- Barral’s Manual Diagnosis: Global and Local Listening, Thermo Diagnosis, Peter Schwind, Munich, 2017
- “What About Meaning?” – Emotion Management for Rolfers™, Thomas Heinrich, Mannheim, 2016
- Rolfing® Training (Intensive Format), European Rolfing Association, Munich, 2015-2016
- 200h Yoga Teacher Training, Micheline Berry, São Paulo, 2014
- 200h Yoga Teacher Training, Camilla Reitz, São Paulo, 2012