About Mosaic Bodywork

About Me

I grew up in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. I was fascinated with the natural world, learning about and imagining the lives of all kinds of animals. Playing and improvising music was another passion, especially at the piano.

Those early affinities for nature and music influence the way I work now: I regard the body with deep curiosity and respect; I listen and attune my senses and hands to its complex structure and rhythms.

I came to the work as a client. A serious ankle injury at age 19 had caused a cascade of compensations in my body that distorted my posture and caused chronic pain and tension.

A series of Structural Integration sessions brought me to a point where the damaged ankle joint no longer dominated my movement and posture. I could walk without the strain that had been exhausting me, and with a quality of balance and an ease that I hadn’t known before. I was attracted to the way the work felt like both a science and an art: a hands-on craft that gave me deep, precise shifts toward a new way of moving in the world and experiencing myself.

I completed my initial training at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI, formerly the Rolf Insitute of Structural Integration) in 2003.

I received my Advanced certification in Tokyo from the DIRI and the Japanese Rolfing Association in 2016.

I continue to explore and learn, with a special focus on visceral manipulation and craniosacral work. These have deeply affected my wonder and appreciation for how we are grown, not built.

I'm currently fascinated with Taiji Ch'uan (a.k.a. Tai Chi). I'm indebted to Grandmaster William C. C. Chen for his passionate and brilliant teaching, which has greatly influenced how I perceive and work with people.

I am grateful to have found my life's vocation, a profession that provides me with a way to continuously learn, practice, and help people enjoy their lives and their bodies.

Paul Wirth portrait

About My Work

In hour-long sessions, I work with patterns that shape the body and its capability for movement. I incorporate methods of working that harness the body’s innate responsiveness to create precise structural change. This results in an experience that is more comfortable and often longer-lasting than when change is forced on the body.

Many clients come to my practice seeking relief from limitation and pain. Some feel frustrated with the way their recurring, chronic, or worsening problems haven't yet been adequately understood as part of a larger pattern.

Others come because they're curious about how they could develop a new way of being and moving in their bodies—to feel upright and strong without strain.

I love to work from both directions at once—to help people find lasting relief, and to help them use their bodies in a new way. Often, they're the same process.

My primary training is in Structural Integration (SI). SI is designed to change the way the body organizes itself, from the little details affecting single joints, muscles, and organs, to the overall postural relationships of the whole body. In doing so, it treats many of the causes of pain, strain, and misalignment in the body.

With that perspective as my foundation, I also practice craniosacral work, visceral manipulation, and movement education. These modalities help me work more effectively with my clients.