The Somatic Arts are one of the genius contributions to human evolution in the the 20th century. Through human contact and hands-on healing, as well as huge leaps in understanding of the human body- from the endocrine to the nervous system, systems and avenues of healing flourished and became available to complement traditional medicine.

Founded by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Structural Integration (often called Rolfing), is one of the traditions in the Somatic Arts revolution that took place in the 1960s and 1970s, called the Human Potential movement. During this time, several brilliant innovators shifted their foci from the mind as ruler, and started paying attention to how change in the body- speaking to the body- created system-wide and lasting change. Dr. Rolf was one of these innovators who offered that it was not the bones and muscles creating the shape of the body, but instead it was the fascia that wraps the tissue and bones that determines the body’s form.

The underlying belief in all of the somatic arts is that healing is possible through awareness. Having a witness and touch in addition to directed awareness enhances that healing potential.

Kimberly Johnson, is an American woman in love with Brazil.

Yogini nomad, international yoga teacher trainer, and post-partum care revolutionary.


  • 48 years ago