Move-in MindTM & Rolfing® Structural Integration in Montreal

Movement & Integration 

Monica Canducci

Addressed to Rolfers and Rolf Movement Practitioners - A 3-days Workshop

14 - 16 June 2013 - Rolf Institute, 5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301

“Move-in Mind” Sensory-Motor Imagery training: integrate words, touch and movement in order to create a specific mental imagery activating sensory-motor networks.


To Rolfers and Rolf Movement practitioner who want to improve their efficacy by deepening the worth of language and communication, integrate the use of imagery and sensory-motor imagery in their practice, address their work particularly to people with nervous system damages.


The main goal of this 3 days workshop is to give participants tools concerning the use of language, communication and motor imagery in order to improve the efficacy of their practice, especially when they work with clients with an acquired nervous system injury. The work is developed in the frame of bio-psycho-social approach and integrates elements of neuroscience related to news discoveries about the plasticity of our nervous system.

The workshop is structured in 3 days (from Friday to Sunday), every day 8:300am to 5.:30pm with an hour for the lunch break. 

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, and empowered by motor imagery, 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 (the role of insula, mirror neurons, imagination in Rolfing Structural Integration)

2) the role of imagination, imagery, perception, movement, language, and verbal/non-verbal communication in nervous system “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 imagery through the available sensory channels
  • how to create a proper sensory-motor imagery training according to the client and to the current moment needs

3) Mirror neurons function: from observing to doing

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

Deciding about to intervene or not in a particular case


How to proceed before accepting a client, how to proceed after accepting the client:

  • variables to consider when stipulating the agreement with the client, according the case (length, location, frequency, 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 every one 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…
  • improving the “sense of self support”
  • the importance of feedback
  • what could happen during or after sessions (neurovegetative reactions, memories recall, pain, etc,) and what to do “just in case”
  • “dealing” with traumas and losses

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
  • from “neutrality” to empathy


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 weight

CE credits: 3 RISI Elective Credits; 21 CEUs


This class is a Fundraiser for fellow Rolfer Michael Mathieu in the aftermath of the spinal cord injury he sustained in a bike accident this past August. All proceeds will be donated to Michael directly to help with his medical expenses. 
For more on Michael please link to "lotsahelpinghands"