November 30, 2016

IASI Newsletter

In this issue...

President's Letter

It will be hard to follow in Denise Foster Scott's footsteps as President of IASI. With her help, however, and that of a willing and representative Board of Structural Integrators, I will do my best. Denise accomplished so much in strengthening IASI, and as a teacher of SI, she continues to help assure the quality of practice by SI schools and practitioners.

I am a pretty new practitioner of Structural Integration. Though I received my first Ten-Series® from Jan Sultan in 1971-1972, I did not train to be a Rolfer™ until 2013-2014. Yet even before graduating to practice Structural Integration, I found the profession was needlessly splintered and fragmented, with more energy often spent on highlighting differences between schools than on strengthening common skills and competencies. This seems so ironic to me, both because we profess to practice integration, and as I find myself getting better at helping clients integrate their bodies and their lives, I would like to see that spirit reflected in our community.

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IASI Law & Regulation Committee In Action

One sunny morning in late summer 2016, Soma SI practitioner and IASI L&R Chair Deborah Nimmons checked Facebook to find a post about the Washington Board of Massage. Among other things, the post said that the Board was planning to approve a rule change limiting licensees’ scope of practice. Deborah set about consulting anatomy books, medical texts, and the Soma Institute’s anatomy instructor (Denise Foster-Scott) to see if there was wiggle room in the rule’s interpretation. Convinced there was no wiggle room, Deborah got to work to change the proposed rule language.

The Proposed Rule

The proposed rule removed the “gluteal cleft below tip of coccyx” and the “perineal area” from our scope of practice

Think about that for a moment. Think about the classic 10 series and sessions 4, 5, and 6. The perineal area, as described by the anatomy texts and medical texts reviewed, encompasses critical areas of our work. How do you work the obturator without being allowed access to it? Even changing “perineal area” to “perineum” wouldn’t protect us. Medical texts consulted used the terms interchangeably. We had to take a stand.

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HPSO Insurance Option

Professional Plus IASI members are able to receive liability insurance through Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO). Having professional liability insurance coverage as part of your membership gives you the peace of mind that you’ll be protected in your day-to-day practice. With your individual coverage, your interests are protected if you’re named in a covered lawsuit, and your coverage will travel with you as long as you’re practicing within the scope of your license and in accordance with IASI's modalities not otherwise excluded. Learn more about this member benefit.

How IASI Processes Your Insurance

IASI sends a spreadsheet of our Professional Plus members twice a month to the insurance company (HPSO). When the insurance company confirms our members, a notice of insurance will be sent to the member. Be sure to have an accurate mailing address, e-mail, and phone number when submitting your renewal or new membership form. For additional information about your coverage visit the IASI website. If you have any questions about your current insurance, you can call the HPSO membership line 1-866-461-1227.

Certification Board for Structural Integration (CBSI)


Have you taken the CBSI exam yet? We have three upcoming opportunities in December for you to take the exam and become Board Certified. Take a look at the dates below and sign up today!

December 16, 2016 - Boulder, CO

Connecting (T)issues: How Research in Fascia Biology Can Impact Integrative Oncology
Review from Herbert Grassmann

It is estimated that 14.5 million cancer survivors currently live in the United States, and at least 40 percent of them use complementary or integrative approaches to manage symptoms and improve their well-being during and after conventional cancer treatment. Recent advances in understanding the effect of mechanical forces on tissues provide clues that may now be useful to understand the biology of physical-based therapies in relation to cancer and perhaps eventually develop physical treatments that may enhance natural healing responses. See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication online.

Continuing Education Classes

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

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

Advanced Review Workshop Series - Cadaver Anatomy Review and Dissection with Amber Burnham & Elisa Jane Noel, December 1-6, 2016

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

IASI International Association of Structural Integrators
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