August 3, 2016

IASI Newsletter

In this issue...

Change of Management to SBI 

It is with a heavy heart that IASI announces that we will part ways with Dena Maluchnik as our Executive Director. With the increase in activity for IASI, as well as the resurgence of CBSI, IASI discovered that the work of one Executive Director along with volunteer Board members was not enough to keep up with the demands of our growing organization. The IASI Board of Directors looked at how best to support the infrastructure of IASI and what would allow IASI to grow and be sustainable in the future. Our decision, while hard, was to turn to an Association Management Company (AMC). This is the most cost effective way to ensure IASI a solid foundation for the future.

The company we have chosen is SBI Association Management, based in Seattle, Washington. SBI is accredited by the AMC Institute and specializes in serving small non-profits, like IASI. Several of their clients are healthcare associations, including podiatrists and psychiatrists. This experience in medical-based associations allows SBI to fully understand our professional needs. SBI demonstrated to us great skill and experience in running the details of a membership organization like IASI. SBI is already proficient in the membership software we use and in planning and holding symposia and other gatherings. SBI will communicate with members frequently and informatively. We found we could keep IASI's costs lower while we grow in members, so that the IASI Board may focus on important strategic issues for SI practitioners and schools.

We feel that our partnership with SBI will help the Board focus on strategic areas like lobbying, school standards, and symposium, while leaving management of membership dues and renewals, email newsletters, website, and many CBSI details to SBI. With their experience in event planning, we are looking forward to revving up the 2017 IASI Symposium planning with them later this summer. SBI is one of the best and hiring an AMC can be a great decision if you hire the right one, as we believe we have.

Please update your records with IASI's new office contact information:

2150 N 107th St, Ste 205
Seattle, WA 98133

Our main phone number 206-209-5291 and email address remains [email protected]t. When you write or call the IASI Office, any one of the SBI staff will be able to help you.

We are sorry to say goodbye to Dena Maluchnik, who served us with so much effort over the last three years. Her heart and dedication to IASI will truly be missed.

Respect always,

Denise Foster Scott, Board Certified Structural Integrator (sm)

IASI President

Urgent Legislative Alert

Massachusetts Legislative Alert

S.2444 was introduced into the MA Senate on July 19. It would create a bodywork licensing board, and would require a bodywork therapy license to practice Structural Integration. The bill is presented as an attempt to strengthen anti-human trafficking law. The bill passed the Senate on July 23. It has been referred to the House but has not yet been assigned to a committee in the House. This legislation moved very quickly through the Senate.

We have provided a link to the bill here

Stakeholders were not consulted in drafting the bill, and there are some serious flaws in its construction.

IASI submitted a letter to Representatives in the House asking that they oppose the measure and that they hold a hearing before taking it up.

An email alert with action items and talking points was sent to practitioners in Massachusetts on Thursday, July 28. If you haven't received the email, let us know, so we can double check the email address we have on file for you.

This legislative session ends July 31st, and the bill should not pass in time with opposition. It is possible that the measure will be taken up again in a later session. We will keep you posted on how this plays out.

To My Teacher and Dear Friend Emmett Wayne Hutchins

Sept 30, 1934- June 27, 2016

In loving memory

"Your line will be your teacher." These words of wisdom were spoken from Dr. Rolf to her students when asked, "What will we do when you are gone?" Emmett replied this same way, class after class, when his students asked the same question, "What will we do when you are gone?"

For me this was an empowering statement. A reminder to look inward to find my own answers. In my life, in my education, and in my co-teaching with Emmett, he was empowering. I felt his love, I felt respected, and I knew I had a lot to learn.

Emmett gave me the gift of time. Time to sit by his side, to hear his memories of Dr. Rolf, and to teach her work as he understood it. He loved the recipe, he embodied Dr. Rolf's work and he passed this love of the work on to each of his students. It was a true joy watching our students and their clients become embodied and the light in their eyes shine brighter. This was his goal; to help people get connected, to help people find their line. His work was love in action.

He called on all of us to "Get Big." He reminded us that playing small and living in fear was not a way to be alive. His life was a beautiful example of this.

I will miss his deep and rumbling voice. I will miss listening to him describe what he sees in a person's structure to wide-eyed students, then sending them off to "just do the recipe." I will miss his contact, his precise touch, his ability to inform my entire structure from a single location. I will miss him mumbling jokes to lighten the room. I will miss his blue eyes, endearing yoda-like features, his beautiful line in motion, but mostly I will miss his big heart.

In gratitude for my teacher I will continue to clarify my line, I will "Get Big," and I will practice the recipe with love and intention. Emmett's teachings will live in my bones, and for that I am forever grateful.

Amber Leigh Burnham
IASI Board of Directors 

Certification Board for Structural Integration (CBSI) Announcement


Announcing a great opportunity to join a few colleagues in small group work to write new examination questions for the Certification Examination for Structural Integration (CESI).

  • Online item-writing training
  • Secure online work space
  • Update and improve the test
  • Earn IASI Category 2 credits

Are you interested?  Do you want to learn more?

Contact Joanna Keseberg Welch or Scott Gauthier.

Upcoming Certification Examination Dates

Fri, 08/05/2016 - Boulder, CO USA: Rolf Institute
Sat, 12/17/2016 - Boulder, CO USA: Rolf Institute

Learn more and register now! 

Would you like to host an examination? Contact us!

Call for Yearbook Articles! 

We have a couple of spots still available for articles in the 2017 Yearbook. Initial submission deadline of September 1; please contact Kirstin Torres, IASI Yearbook editor, at: [email protected] or (206) 383-3938 if you are planning to submit an article for consideration.  We are also looking for artwork and/or photographs for use throughout the publication.

Save the Date for the IASI Symposium

IASI is hosting a symposium in the Fall of 2017

Stay tuned for more details!


Continuing Education Classes

SI Discussion Groups with Liz Stewart, Online, Ongoing.

Myofascial Techniques Recording Series with Til Luchau, Online, Ongoing.

The Tail End: Working out from the Sacrum and Coccyx with Sharon Wheeler, Walpole, ME, August 1-3 2016.

Biomechanics of Alignment - Intensive 8-Day Training with Liz Gaggini, Katonah, NY, August 3-6 & August 9-12 2016.

Working the Face and Hands with Tom Myers, Walpole, ME, August 4-5 2016.

Balancing the Pelvis with Tom Myers, Walpole, ME, August 6-8 2016.

Breathing and Walking with Mary Bond, Walpole, ME, August 9-11 2016.

AT3.16 Advanced Training - Open to All SI Practitioners with Ray McCall & Juan David Velez, Orlando, FL, Phase I: September 5-9, September 12-15, September 19-23 2016, Phase II: January 23-27, January 30-February 3, 2017.

The Pelvis: Support, Mobility and Fascial Continuity through Rolf Movement® with Carol Agneessens and Mary Bond, Salt Lake City, UT,
September 7-9 & September 11-13, 2016.

Pediatric Fascial Balancing for Infants and Toddlers (6 months-2 years) with Lauren Christman, Kenmore, WA, September 9-11, 2016.

Sunday Sessions with Jan Sultan, Sunday, September 25, 2016 - Sunday, September 22, 2017

RM Workshop: Movement - Seeing & Communicating with our Clients with Jane Harrington and Patrice Naparstek, St Paul, MN, September 30 - October 1 2016.

AT1.16 Advanced Training with Tessy Brungardt and Russell Stolzoff, St Paul, MN, Phase 1: May 9-12, May 16-20, May 23-25, Phase II: 10/3-6, 10/10-14, 10/17-19 2016.

Nerve and Artery Mobilization for Structural Integrators and other Manual Therapists, Module 2 with Kirstin Schumaker, Walpole ME, October 15-18 2016.

Biomechanics of Alignment - Intensive 8-Day Training with Liz Gaggini, Katonah, NY, November 1-4 & November 7-10 2016.

Functional Methods for Structural Integrators: Assessment & Treatments with Jeffrey Burch, Newton, MA, Module 1: November 18-20, 2016; Module 2: January 21-23, 2017; Module 3: March 18-20, 2017; Module 4: June 10-12, 2017.

Breathing and Walking - Embodiment and Intervention with Mary Bond, Seattle, WA, November 27-29 & December 1-2 2016.

AT2.16 Advanced Training with Pedro Prado, Boulder, CO, Phase I: July 18-August 4, Phase II: November 28-December 15 2016.

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