donald soule

donald soule

I first heard about and got my first sessions of Rolfing in 1973. After the basic series of Rolfing, I was sure that I wanted to take up Rolfing as a career. I started to work through the prerequisites for the Rolf Institute training program including additional college-level anatomy course work and a detailed application paper. I finished the certification training in 1978 and established an office in downtown Chicago and then, for the past 16 years, in Evanston.

I was motivated to pursue Rolfing training because I found these following statements to be as true and I find them to be as true today as I did when I entered the Rolf Institute program:

Rolfing is reliable and replicable. The seemingly-simple Rolfing process can be effective and transformative for the huge variety of clients in my practice with their range of wishes and goals. This variety is a great source of challenge, enjoyment and fulfillment for me.

Rolfing is a time-limited process. I work with a client for a limited and agreed-on series of appointments. Our work may continue intermittently over years, but I don't keep working with a client week after week for months and years.

I relish the daily challenge of meeting my clients where they are and working together with them to resolve the puzzles they bring to my office. This work continues to hold my attention day after day.

Rolfing methods have been steadily expanding and getting more refined since I started practice. The challenges of new methods for reaching Rolfing's goals provides continuing opportunities to engage in another activity that I have always loved; studying with expert faculty within and outside of the Rolf Institute. Here's a summary:  

  • Rolf Institute Basic Training 1978
  • Rolf Institute Advanced Training 1980 and then again in 2002
  • Dozens of continuing education courses including courses in structural methods, cranial sacral therapy and neural and visceral manipulation
  • Biodynamic Crainiosacral 3-year program 2006 and member of the Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America.
  • Reflex Integration certification courses with INPP and iRMT 2010 to present
  • Founding member of the Certification Board for Structural Integration which develops and offers an exam that will allow for uniform certification for Structural Integration practitioners across the states in the US.
  • I'm now starting what may be a multi-year series of courses applying osteopathic methods to the goals of Rolfing. A great source of fun for me.