Move-in MindTM & Rolfing® Structural Integration in Montreal

Movement & Integration 

Monica Canducci

Addressed to Rolfers and Rolf Movement Practitioners - A 7-days Workshop

“Move-in Mind” Sensory-Motor Imagery training

How to use words to create mental imagery activating sensory-motor networks


Addressed to Rolfers, Structural Integrators and Rolf Movement Practitioners who want to increase their efficacy by deepening the worth of language and integrate the use of imagery in their practice.

The first goal of this training is to give participants knowledge and tools concerning the use of language and communication that could improve, in the frame of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, the efficacy of their practice, especially when they work with clients with an acquired nervous system injury. In fact, very often, after the rehabilitation programs in healthcare services, people with an acquired nervous system injury need a specific training to go one step further in recovering sense of balance, perception, movement and coordination.


Training Topics

Neuroplasticity, imagination, mirror neurons: the worth of listening, language and congruence

The three basic prerequisites that probably makes Rolfing Structural Integration (and Rolf Movement) effective in case of an acquired nervous system injury, and the deepening of subjects and techniques which are useful for increasing results:

1) Neuroplasticity

  • experiencing fundamentals of neuroscience

2) the role of imagination, perception, movement, language, and verbal/non-verbal communication in brain “remapping”:

  • the active listening
  • learning to communicate at 360°
  • the right words… for every sense
  • communicating with the client: the role of similarity and metaphors in language during sessions
  • art and science of imagination: how to learn and how to teach to use it through the available sensory channels
  • how to create a proper sensory-motor imagery training according to the client and to the current moment needings

3) Mirror neurons function: from observing to doing

  • the “Mirror Rolfer”, or the Rolfer as a model of stability, balance, movement and integration
  • how to lead the client to “associate” himself/herself to the Rolfer’s (or other people’s) movements in order to re-establish the gesture

Deciding about to intervene or not in a particular case

How to proceed before accepting a client:

  • how to decide when/if accepting a particular client or not (evaluating clinic situation, client’s motivation, relatives’ motivation, mutual compatibility, kind of “challenge”/opportunity, Rolfer’s motivation, interference with - from the family, environment or others persons giving support to the client, etc.)

How to proceed after accepting the client:

  • variables to consider when stipulating the agreement with the client, according the case (length, location, frequency, worth, price, monitoring of the sessions, etc.)
  • guide lines to obtain useful information (from the client and/or his/her entourage) in order to build a specific, effective ideomotor training to integrate during the sessions
  • how to establish a priority scale about goals
  • how to supervise, verify and integrate achieved changes in daily life and usual activities

Working in the “core”

During the sessions:

  • the “relational container”: the border and the “vicariate” (giving support and increasing autonomy in clients having a particular relation with gravity)
  • the “receptors map” (the proper touch to everyone of them): establishing what and how the client perceive, in which part of the body, exploring different kinds and intensity of touch (sustained pressure, wobbles, etc.)
  • seeing, hearing, perceiving
  • the importance of feedbacks
  • the 10 sessions…and more
  • what could happen during or after sessions (neurovegetative reactions, memories recall, pain, etc,) and what to do “just in case”

Developing the most functional emotional and mental state in order to facilitate one’s work with clients with an acquired nervous system injury:

  • the ability to listen, to observe, to perceive, to recognize: how to increase the ability to feel oneself in relation with the client, calibrating and decoding one’s feelings, perceptions and emotions, distinguishing them from someone else’s
  • neutrality, empathy and “heart values”: no-judgment, openness, compassion, “taking care”, appreciation
  • focusing on the heart – cardiac coherence: regulating the autonomic nervous system activity through breathing and listening to the heartbeat.

Developing the most functional physical state to treat clients with nervous system damage and limitation in their ability to move by themselves:

  • basic Beamish Bodymind Balancing® exercises to increase in oneself and in the client the sense of balancing, stability and self-mastery
  • managing the weight

Integrating some other useful techniques beside Rolfing

Fundamentals about some techniques that could be helpful to support or to improve Rolfer’s intervention (joining qualified professionals) and guidelines about the opportuneness to integrate some of them or not:

  • biofeedback
  • EMDR
  • Cognitive rehabilitation

Working with children

  • creativity, desire to experiencing, playing games