Juan David Vélez

The Upper Thoracic Aperture

The Volumetric Thorax

In this class we will explore the territory of the Upper Thoracic Aperture and the significance of this area to both structural and functional patterns in the rest of the body. While the focus will be narrowed to this territory for practical reasons, the class exploration and discussions will be global, in alignment with the kind of thinking and strategizing required for advanced work.

You can expect to gain a more clear understanding of the anatomy and how it can inform our interventions. Our exploration however, will go beyond the standard bio-mechanical paradigm, and we will venture into current scientific understanding of body perception, the role of cortical maps, pain science and other ideas that are enriching our understanding of how is it that our work works.

Where: Toronto, Canada
When: October 19, 20 & 21, 2018
Cost: $600 CAD when registered before August 22, 2018 - $650 CAD after that.
3 Required Intermediate Credits (RISI)
21 CE Credits

Juan David Vélez is a Faculty member for The Rolf Institute® and has been teaching in all phases of the basic training for twenty years. His passion lies in the philosophical framework of the work and as a teacher, his goal is for students to understand the material with a depth and clarity that allows the material to be a launching pad for their own creativity.

Canadian students, please register here
Non Canadian students, please contact Juan David directly for registration.
 jdvelez@mac.com or +1-503-753-7653 (voice / text / FaceTime / WhatsApp)


Cancellation Policy:
Students may drop prior to 60 days before the start date and receive a full refund, minus a $50 CAD administrative fee.
Cancellations 30 to 60 days prior to the start of class will receive a 50% refund of the total class fee.
No refunds for cancellations less than 30 days before the start of class.

Where: Camp Mokule`ia on the island of Oahu  
             68-729 Farrington Hwy., Waialua HI 96791
             https://www.campmokuleia.com
When: June 13-17, 2018 (Lodge Check in at 4:00 pm on the 13th)
Cost: $600 when registered before May 4th. $675 thereafter.
4 Required Intermediate Credits (RISI) - 30 NCBTMB CE Credits
For lodging information and other local resources, contact:

Terri Keppinger zeropointembodiment@gmail.com Tel. 1-808-769-2097

or click here 

Sally Klemm, Guest Instructor has maintained a private practice in Hawaii over the past thirty two years. A member of the Advanced Faculty for The Rolf Institute®, she is delighted at the prospect of Juan David teaching on Oahu.

Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolfing® Movement Teacher

(503) 753-7653

This class is one of two complementary workshops in which we will examine the relationships between the thorax and the pelvis. We will utilize the Two Way Operator model of seeing, as well as the functional model of G and G’ to guide our exploration.

In this class we will focus on detailed anatomical relationships of the volumetric thorax. We will discuss new perspectives on how we can use touch to change the ways our clients perceive their bodies. We will examine the implications of those perceptions on our structure, function, and the experience of pain.

Central to my teaching are the following questions: What is Integration? What does Integration look like? How can we facilitate Integration?  It is not my goal to answer these questions in a definitive way, but to invite an inquiry into different paradigms of thinking – from traditional bio-mechanical perspectives to elements of current research in perception, cortical maps, and pain science.

Juan David Vélez is a Faculty member for The Rolf Institute® and has been teaching in all phases of the basic training for twenty years. His passion lies in the philosophical framework of the work. As a teacher, his goal is for students to understand the material with a depth and clarity that allows the material to be a launching pad for their own creativity.