About Paul

Since com­plet­ing my train­ing at the Dr. Ida Rolf Insti­tute® in 2003, I have worked with a wide range of clients to achieve more with their bod­ies and recov­er from injury, overuse, and trau­ma.

As a prac­ti­tion­er, I am inter­est­ed in how sub­tle move­ment pat­terns and per­cep­tion can pow­er­ful­ly shape struc­tur­al rela­tion­ships in the body. I incor­po­rate meth­ods of work­ing that har­ness the body’s innate respon­sive­ness and intel­li­gence 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.

Like most Rolfers, my jour­ney to the pro­fes­sion began as a client. I devel­oped osteoarthri­tis in one ankle after an injury, and in my ear­ly twen­ties, I was in increas­ing­ly chron­ic pain and dis­com­fort through­out my body. I felt tense, old, and unhap­py as the pat­terns of com­pen­sa­tion and strain from limp­ing and favor­ing my ankle caused increas­ing chaos in my body as a whole.

Rolf­ing brought me to a point where the ankle joint issues no longer dom­i­nat­ed my move­ment and pos­ture and I could walk not only with­out the strain that had been exhaust­ing me, but also 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.

Since my ini­tial train­ing as a Rolfer, I con­tin­ue to explore meth­ods and modal­i­ties that sup­port whole-body orga­ni­za­tion and heal­ing, with a par­tic­u­lar focus in recent years on Bio­dy­nam­ic Cran­iosacral Ther­a­py.

I received my Advanced cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Rolf Insti­tute and the Japan­ese Rolf­ing Asso­ci­a­tion in 2016.

I am grate­ful to have Rolf­ing as a life long voca­tion, a pro­fes­sion that pro­vides me with a way to con­tin­u­ous­ly learn, prac­tice and help peo­ple.

Paul Wirth portrait