I began my studies of hands on body work in 1992 in Goa India, where I was lucky enough to have had sessions with a very well known healer I only knew as Uncle. Many decades earlier was the sports medicine person for the Indian national cricket team, and I went to him for a shoulder injury that was not getting better.
That shoulder brought me to just about every therapy in the world before I discovered rolfing, also known as Structural Integration. In 1997 I went to study with my first rolfer Jon Davis who in class talked about his teachers, Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior as though they were gods. They were Dr. Rolfs first two appointed teachers, started the Guild for Structural Integration at the request of Dr Rolf and taught 2/3 of the rolfers up till Dr. Rolfs Death in 1979.
In 1999 I graduated from the Guild for Structural Integration. The original school of Dr. Rolf where I trained with Dr. Rolf's first two appointed teachers Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior and took classes with Dorothy Nolte. This was the inner circle of Dr. Rolf from the 1960's. I developed a close relationship with Emmett Hutchins both professionally and personally and moved to Kauai Hawaii in 2001 to be closer to Emmett as I found his style of rolfing to be in a class of its own. On Kauaii I did my Advanced training with both Emmett and Peter in 2002 and again 2004, and the post advanced class with Emmett Hutchins and Neil Powers in 2003. One of the biggest contributions to my work is that I've had about 70 sessions over the past 20 years with Emmett. It helped me understand how he thought and how he worked to get the kind of change he did. Emmett was so known for his unique style that I asked "Emmett where did get the idea to use your hand like that" and he replied "I'm just doing what my teacher did".
I've made it a point to visit and have sessions with as many Dr. Rolf trained Rolfers as I can. I have been lucky to have had sessions with Emmett Hutchins, Peter Melchior, Neil Powers, Ron McComb, Caroline Whidmer, Michael Salvelson, Charles Siemers to name just a few. I want to add that just because someone trained or did some part of their training with Dr. Rolf did not mean they understood what it was all about.
While living in Bali I have received countless sessions from Pak Circus for over 15 years. My favorite Balinese healer. I would spend hours listening to him laugh and watching him work. I owe him a lot for what he has imparted in me.
I’ve had a private practice since 1998. In Bali since 2002. I've worked with Chiva Som International Health Resort. Como Shambhala International Health Resort. Worked with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt. Dr. Darvish at Holsitique Medical. I can now be found in Los Angeles and sometimes we go back to Bali. I have worked with health specialists, yoga teachers and athletes from all around the world including 4 world champion athletes. Natascha Rogosina, 9 time world champion boxer. Andy Irons, 3 time world champion surfer. Sunny Garcia, world champion Surfer. Terje Hakonsen, The Norwegian world champion Snowboarder who dominated free style competition in the 1990's. I work on very young children, the elderly and everyone in-between.