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Holderness, NH - Normal Stability: Evoking Inherent Adaptability to Meet Demand
Friday, June 21, 2019 to Thursday, June 27, 2019
Category: National CE Courses


Friday, June 21, 2019 - Thursday, June 27, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019 off


Resources in Movement
5 Franks Lane
Holderness, NH 03245


$900 tuition, plus $30 admin fee

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Kevin Frank and Caryn McHose
(603) 968-9585
[email protected]
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Normal Stability: Evoking Inherent Adaptability to Meet Demand

Instructor: Kevin Frank and Caryn McHose

Organizational Host: Resources in Movement

Credits:  45 IASI Category 1

Course Description:

This course offers one of the missing pieces in Rolf’s recipe: explicit consideration of how the goals and steps in doing structural integration translate into improved body stability and capacity for self-care. This course addresses stability from Rolf’s view that there is such a thing as normal body behavior; human bodies have inherent capacity to respond efficiently and effectively to physical and psychological challenge. We can find stability and express lengthening at the same time.

Topics include:

  • What does normal stability look and feel like?
  • How do anatomical structures contribute to stabilization?
  • Where does stabilization fit into an SI series?
  • How does self-care embed into each session of a series?
  • How does one clarify and deepen the pre-movement moment in changing coordination?
  • How do clients learn to discern and value non-efforted stability?

Each day is a combination of theory, demonstration, partnered exploration, and integrative movement to allow what one learns to anchor and integrate more fully. The work is founded on the Tonic Function model which posits that structural integration is based on five types of structure: physical structure, coordinative structure, perceptive structure, meaning structure, and expressive structure. We learn to see how each type of structure may, at any given moment, be a “pin” that fixates capacity and limits adaptability. Tonic function differentiates stability approaches based on effort and unhelpful use of phasic motor units from stability based on a nuanced and natural response of our tonic system. Normal responses to life’s challenges are the birthright of this tonic system. Tonic system response innovates in response to change in pre-movement and with attention to gravity orientation—skills vital to the art of structural integration.

Location: This course takes place by the shore of a quiet lake in central New Hampshire, approximately two hours north of Boston, MA. Residential housing is available in Cloverly Cottage for $50 per person per night or $30 per person per night for camping. Off-site housing is available nearby as well.

Instructor Bios: 

Kevin Frank (Instructor) is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Rolf Movement® Practitioner and Rolf Movement® Instructor at RISI. He has worked with the Godard-derived Tonic Function Model since 1991 and has written on this topic from 1995 to the present. Kevin advocates for an “information system” view of structural integration to help bring this field of SI into congruence with modern understanding of motor control and perceptive/coordinative processes.

Caryn McHose (Assistant) is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement® Practitioner, as well as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and Certified Biodynamic Cranial Practitioner. She is a collaborator for Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy and The Place of Dance by Andrea Olsen and is a co-author (with Kevin Frank) of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness. Caryn has taught perceptual approaches to movement education for over 45 years.

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