Training in Biodynamic Structural Integration

A 720 in-class hour training in Functional Biodynamics (three year training)

Starting January 7, 2017

Principles of Movement Coordination and Structural Integration
with 50 hours of DVD training equaling a training of 770 hours

Introductory Class: Sept. 21st, 2016 • 7pm

Jan 2017 I will be offering an in-class 720 hour Professional training in Biodynamic Structural Integration.  This will fulfill all of the necessary requirements to take the examination offered by the International Association of Structural Integrators to become a Professional Structural Integrator.  It will also provide you with a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge base to be able to meaningfully interact with every client that comes to you.
This is a training that lasts for three years.  During the first year we will be meeting one 3-day weekend per month, and one night a week.  During that time you will also be expected to do homework which can include, readings, youtube videos, and working with practice models.  Class participation is mandatory and any classes missed for emergencies must be made up.  Class participation will include at least one self-generated presentation per year.  It will also include receiving work from practitioners of various modalities.
What certifications will be awarded upon completion?
All students who finish the training will be awarded a certification as a Practitioner of Structural Integration, and as mentioned above, will be eligible to sit for the exam to become a Professional Structural Integrator. This training also fulfills the requirements to join the IASI, the organization that serves all recognized schools that cover the fundamentals of Dr. Ida Rolf’s teachings.This training also includes 200 hours devoted to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.  Once the homework for that portion of the training is completed, the student will be awarded a Certification in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy from the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings.
Financial obligations
The total cost of the training is $18,000.  This translates into $6,000/year, or $500/month. There will be a substantial discount if the fee is paid yearly rather than monthly.


What will be covered in the first year?

A partial list includes: Introduction to optimal function: how to assess and upgrade movement patterns-Varieties of touch including: Gamma touchEndfeel

  • Layers of tissue
  • Lymph
  • Cranial
  • How to breathe
  • What is core
  • How to walk
  • The two operating systems of the body
  • Intro to biodynamics
  • Intro to visceral manipulation
  • Listening skills
  • How to see-Tissue conversation skills
  • Issues and ethics of working with clients
  • Intro to trauma resolution
  • Skin in the game- why the body matters to absolutely everything
  • The myth of the individual and why it matters for a career  in bodywork

Who may take this training?

Those with demonstrated experience in working with bodies and anatomical knowledge, such as massage therapists and personal trainers may apply.  If you are unsure whether you qualify, send me an email ( and we’ll set up an appointment to talk about it.

Student Application:
Use the contact form below to request the preliminary application.  This application will be supplemented by a scheduled interview.  All application materials must be submitted by 5:00pm, October 1st, 2016.


More about this training with Bill Harvey

Although Structural Integration is an extremely powerful and lasting approach to helping people to be more comfortable in their bodies, there are certain categories of issues where it falls short. The first is that each person’s structure is the consequence of how that person has functioned throughout his or her life. So addressing structure without addressing function creates a body that can look good in a picture. Secondly, there are types of issues related to the consequences of trauma within a client’s autonomic nervous system, which limit the effectiveness of manipulation of soft tissue and often require more of a practitioner than mastery of technique. To interact with these phenomena in a manner that does not reactivate the client, the practitioner must shift the paradigm away from the idea that the practitioner is the wise one who will figure out how to fix this person, and embrace the idea that the practitioner is the servant and facilitator of the client’s self-healing process. How to approach this is the essence of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.


The primary focus of this training includes:

Structural Integration: which is the generic term for the body of work(the ten-series recipe) founded and developed by Dr. Ida P Rolf. This work centers on altering the human structure primarily through the manipulation of fascia to uncover a more resilient, vital supportive structure. (300 hours)

Physical Education, or movement coordination: Recognizing that much chronic discomfort is the result from the way we live our lives;( the way we sit, the way we move, the way we exercise,) this area of study, based on the teachings of Rolf Movement Teacher Hubert Godard, explores the fundamental principles that underlie all graceful, efficient movement and how these principles can be applied in all areas of life. (250 hours)

Functional Biodynamics: Based on the late-in-life realizations of Dr. William Sutherland, the founder of cranial osteopathy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy represents a quantum leap in our understanding of what the human body is and how we are able to facilitate the activation of the client’s self-healing process. Biodynamics also offers the possibility of accessing and interacting with those problem areas of the body that neither tissue-work or coordination retooling are able to affect. Included in this bold statement would be, how to work with and settle an activated autonomic nervous system, how to work with dry, bony sacrums and occipital ridges, and how to assist a client in becoming more coherent and less dissociated.(170 hours).

Each portion of the training is supported by a separate, exhaustive training and review of anatomy(100 hours). Additionally, the training includes introductions to the following bodies of knowledge that every person who touches clients should come to grips with:

Varieties of Touch: The major difference between Structural Integrators and massage therapists is the ways that Structural Integrators use their hands. Rather than having one way of making contact, the Structural Integrator/movement teacher/biodynamic practitioner has a wide variety of methods of contacting various layers of tissue, and of perceiving what is true for the tissue of the client. Some of the types of touch that are included are: gamma touch, transparent hands, joffling, capillary consciousness, inside/outside presence of skin. These varieties of touch and their appropriate application are taught explicitly.

Trauma: The effects of both emotional and physical trauma not only tempers our results as bodyworkers, it can be the ground substance of how we interact with our clients. We must know if our work unwittingly activates a trauma pattern within out clients, and have resources to be able to maturely react and interact with the effects of those patterns should they arise. To do that, we must have more that passing knowledge of the Autonomic Nervous System, both in terms of how sympathetic or parasympathetic charge can limit what we are able to accomplish in our sessions, and how that charge can affect our relationships with our clients. We must also be aware of attachment theory and how it affects how we work and how our clients perceive us. (25 hours as part of the Functional Biodynamics section of the training)

Introduction to the Viscera: Though the students are not expected to be able to do visceral work at the end of this training, they are expected to be familiar with the structural implications of basic visceral physiology. (30 hours of training as part of the structural integration portion of the training.)

Contiguous Bodywork Modalities: Students will be introduced to and receive work in modalities which do similar types of work from leading practitioners of those modalities. This will provide the basis for the student to learn to find and use language to distinguish the work of these modalities from the work that we are training to do. Included modalities will be Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering and Shiatsu.(30 hours as part of the physical education portion of the training)

Movement Modalities: Students will be exposed to various structural movement and/or exercise systems, which offer knowledge that is contiguous to the movement principles taught in this training. These include the Alexander Technique, the work of Eric Franklin, the work of Paul Chek, and Iyengar Yoga.(30 hours as part of the physical education segment of the training)

Ethics and Client Relations: The student will be thoroughly acquainted with the theory and practice of issues of transference, counter-transference and boundaries (24 hours, separately from the three areas of concentration of the training).

In addition to attending the 720 in class hours of class, students will be expected to do extensive reading, make two class presentations, work with models in all three modalities and work on professional practitioners from those fields. There will also be regular exams. Students are expected to watch and take notes on approximately 50 hours of DVDs related to the ten series of Structural Integration, anatomy, and topics related to Biodynamics.

This is a continuing education class. Therefore, all students are expected to have at least an introductory college level knowledge of anatomy and physiology and to have graduated from a massage training (or be able to document hands-on experience with touching bodies.) Preferably, the student will also be a minimum of 30 years of age.

Student Application:
Use the contact form below to request the preliminary application.  This application will be supplemented by a scheduled interview.  All application materials must be submitted by 5:00pm, October 1st, 2016.

Bill Harvey has been a Certified Rolfer since 1984, a Certified Advanced Rolfer since 1990, a Rolf Movement Practitioner since 1999, and has been a practitioner of various types of Cranial work since 1986.