For most of my life, I’ve found greatest expression in art and movement and felt most at home in nature. I started dance classes at the age of three but also enjoyed creative projects with my hands like drawing or pottery. With a background in dance and art, but also having a knack for science, I’ve discovered the importance of marrying these two seemingly opposing forces. My practice in Rolfing is exactly this. I am able to creatively use my hands to influence structure and movement, while maintaining a scientific lens at the same time.
I was introduced to Rolfing by my mother who had received over 20 sessions as a teenager and then again after a serious car accident. Given her profound experiences in the work, she suggested I try it when I was dealing with severe back pain as a dancer. My first exposure to the work transformed my postural structure and resolved my back pain. Later, I underwent over 30 sessions that led me to study it myself in Munich, Germany. The work has taught me multitudes, but among the most important was to discover “me” expressed in my body: how I stand, move, and feel. For so long I carried myself as a controlled dancer does, not how I, Marie—the person—does.
Studies and Influences
Although I consider myself intuitive in my approach, I have a strong foundation in the sciences. I am constantly attending courses and workshops for personal and academic studies. Over the past few years, I have studied and been heavily influenced by osteopathy (especially visceral manipulation), neuroscience (specifically in regards to pain), and meditation and Buddhist philosophies.
Rolfing Certification, European Rolfing Association: Munich, Germany, March 2012
B.A., Columbia University: New York, NY