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Rolfing® Ireland

Structural Integration Practitioners

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The above and following images show two Rolfers doing a four-handed Rolfing session with renowned psychiatrist, Ivor Browne.*


Ivor is a keen supporter of Rolfing and, as well as working regularly with these two Rolfers, has referred many clients to Rolfing over the last several years. He is a firm believer that emotional trauma can get trapped in, and therefore affect the physical body, as much as physical trauma can affect our emotional well being. He is now 88 years young and still works as a psychotherapist a few days a week.

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rolfing demonstration
rolfing demonstration

What is Rolfing®/ Structural Integration?

Rolfing is a powerful system of hands on deep-tissue bodywork. It releases patterns that result from injury, repetitive strain, poor posture and emotional blockages. It brings the body back into its natural alignment with gravity, balancing the body to create ease, health and vitality.

Rolfing is the mother of all deep tissue work, rooted in over five decades of experience and based on the principle that structure and function go hand in hand. If the garden hose has a kink, then the water simply won’t come out! Same with our bodies … just add in the emotional restrictions we get from pain, being out of joint and not feeling great! The Rolfing approach aligns and re-integrates your entire body by manipulating the fascia, which is the connective tissue that 'connects' every part of your body together.

What are the benefits of Rolfing?

The benefits include:

  • Increased ease and energy in the body
  • Relief from chronic pain and tension
  • Rehabilitation for injury, accidents, and surgery
  • Greater flexibility, range of motion and coordination
  • Improved posture and performance
  • Decreased anxiety and greater confidence
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The Rolfing series and how it is structured

Traditionally, Rolfing consists of a series of 10 sessions. The series is designed in such a way that you don't just temporarily 'fix' a pain, rather we address the source of your pain and track it through the body, creating a supportive structure for the pain to stay away.

Each session lasts roughly an hour and focuses on restructuring and balancing different parts of the body. The sessions follow a logical order, designed to free you from your old holding patterns. The further into the series you go, the deeper the work you receive, as the sessions have a cumulative effect with each one building on the last.

Rolfing® Practitioners

Dublin City & County

Gillian Duffin

Gillian Duffin

Advanced Certified Rolfer & Advanced Cranio‑sacral Practitioner

91 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, Waterloo Rd. & Terenure

Gillian has studied Rolfing extensively in Colorado, Hawaii, Brazil, Bali, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K and has been practicing since 2002. Her committment to further education to help each client in the particular way they need help is her trademark. Gillian is also a fully qualified Advanced Cranio-sacral Therapist with Upledger Ireland.

James McMahon

Jim McMahon

Advanced Certified Rolfer & Advanced Cranio‑sacral Practitioner

91 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, and in Mallow, Co. Cork

Jim has studied Rolfing in Colorado, Brazil, Bali, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and the U.K. Jim's core belief is that it can be easy. Living in the body can be an easy pleasurable experience! He focuses a lot on ease of walking and movement. Jim is also a fully qualified Advanced Cranio-sacral Therapist with Upledger Ireland and works with Gillian on '4-handed' sessions on special request.

Caitriona Foley

Catriona Foley

The elbowroom, 32 North Brunswick St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

A Rolfer with a passion for well bodies and healthy family relations. I am a mother of three. I specialise in easing pain in the body and providing the tools to keep the body fluid and upright.
Caitriona studied with the Guild and the Rolf Institute in Colorado and Germany. Her passion for pre-natal comfort and post-natal care makes for fit and happy mothering.

Tony Walsh

Tony Walsh

Certified Advanced Rolfer and Visceral Therapist

20 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin

Tony is a Certified Advanced Rolfer, trained at the Rolf Institute in the USA and the European Rolfing Association in Germany. He has also studied extensively with the Barral Institute in Visceral Manipulation and Nerve Manipulation and integrates these therapies into his Rolfing work.

Adopting a distinct approach to each client’s needs, Tony believes that Rolfing can change your life.

Seamus Keane MA., M.P.H.

Seamus Keane

Certified Advanced Rolfer, Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner

Appletree Clinic, Health and Wellness, 126 Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Seamus has been practising as a Rolfer and Rolf Movement teacher for the past 30 years in Ireland. He regularly updates his knowledge and has studied and trained extensively throughout his career. Seamus is as enthusiastic about Rolfing now as he was when he first came in contact with this work.

"If you can imagine how it feels to live in a fluid, light, balanced body, free of pain and stiffness, at ease with itself, then you will understand the purpose of Rolfing."

Dr Joseph O'Kelly, BSc, PhD

Joseph O'Kelly

Certified Rolfer

Ranelagh: Appletree Clinic, Health and Wellness, 126 Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Recently graduated from the European Rolfing Association in Munich, Joe has long been interested in bodywork and in how pain manifests in the body. Having suffered with back problems for some years before discovering Rolfing, Joe was attracted to how Rolfing can help relieve stress, pain and holding patterns and help us find better alignment, posture, movement and breath.

Kildare

Caroline Pacheco

Caroline Pacheco

Caroline Pacheco

Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Wexford

Mary O'Leary

Mary O' Leary

The Posture Studio

Enniscorthy, Wexford Town and Adamstown

Mary studied Structural Integration and brought it to the South East. She opened The Posture Studio clinics throughout Wexford. Mary’s focus is on aligning the body to relieve pain, as well as re-educating people’s postural beliefs and habits, making sitting and movement easy and comfortable. Mary has both studied and worked in America and Europe. Also being a qualified teacher and fitness enthusiast, she continues to study and plans to teach posture and movement in schools, business’ and sports clubs.

Cork

James McMahon

Jim McMahon

Advanced Certified Rolfer & Advanced Cranio‑sacral Practitioner

91 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, and in Mallow, Co. Cork

Jim has studied Rolfing in Colorado, Brazil, Bali, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and the U.K. Jim's core belief is that it can be easy. Living in the body can be an easy pleasurable experience! He focuses a lot on ease of walking and movement. Jim is also a fully qualified Advanced Cranio-sacral Therapist with Upledger Ireland and works with Gillian on '4-handed' sessions on special request.

Tipperary

Michael Seymour

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Tipperary

Galway

Dr. Barry O’Brien B.Sc., Ph.D.

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Seamus Keane MA., M.P.H.

Seamus Keane

Certified Advanced Rolfer, Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner

“Moving Point”, Moycullen, Galway.

Seamus has been practising as a Rolfer and Rolf Movement teacher for the past 30 years in Ireland. He regularly updates his knowledge and has studied and trained extensively throughout his career. Seamus is as enthusiastic about Rolfing now as he was when he first came in contact with this work.

“If you can imagine how it feels to live in a fluid, light, balanced body, free of pain and stiffness, at ease with itself then you will understand the purpose of Rolfing.”

Susanne Keane,B.A.

Susanne Keane

Advanced Certified Rolfer & Advanced Cranio‑sacral Practitioner

“Moving Point”, Moycullen, Galway.

Susanne, originally a Speech & Language Therapist, certified in 1997 as a Rolfer and has undertaken numerous other trainings, e.g. body centered Psychotherapy, to further facilitate her client's needs. Susanne believes that embodiment leads to empowerment and her work aims to achieve a sense of well being on a physical, emotional and psychological level.

Antrim

Patrick Ward

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Patrick Ward

Belfast