Date: 21st to 22nd October 2023 Time: Sat. 10am -6pm, Sun. 9am – 5pm

Location: Ashley Court, Devon

Course type. Residential, fully catered ‘vegetarian/vegan’

Course Fee:

£510 (Rolfing UK members only)

£610 non-Rolfing UK members

Jeffrey Burch is a certified Advanced Rolfer™ and practices in Eugene, Oregon. He has extensively studied and integrated into his Hands-On Therapies both Cranial Manipulation and Visceral Manipulation. He has developed groundbreaking new joint mobilization methods.








Course Summary

Precise Assessment and Low force Treatment of Fibrosities Associated with Synovia, (Joint Capsules, Bursae & Tendon Sheaths) 

In this course you will learn to assess and treat fibrotic changes in synovial capsules, including joint capsules, bursae and tendon sheaths. In learning to assess and treat these numerous and vitally important structures, we will work from general considerations to specifics, often mapping fibrosities to a millimeter level.   In this introductory course representative structures are explored which will allow you to expand the methods taught in this course to the hundreds of synovia in the body.

First, we will talk about the typical structure and normal function of each of these three categories of synovia: joint capsules, tendon sheaths and bursae. We will then discuss dysfunctions and pathology in general terms. This will be followed by assessment and treatment methods, again in general terms.

With this foundation of anatomic generalities, assessment methods and treatment methods, we will then make a tour of the synovia in the body accompanied by extensive hands-on practice.

We will also discuss pathologies that we cannot rectify with our methods, how to recognize these pathologies and what referrals to make for their correction.

The short story is that joint capsules, bursa walls and tendons get stuck to things they should glide on. In addition to becoming stuck to things they should glide on these structures can lose elasticity and even be pulled short. These adhesions and contractures create movement restrictions and alignment problems, often severe ones. The general term encompassing contractures and adhesions is fibrosities. All our clients have numerous fibrosities of these two types. In this course, you will learn to precisely identify and correct these adhesions and contractures.

Much less commonly, the walls of synovia can also be weakened, overstretched and/or severed. With our methods we have little or no ability to correct these laxities. In this course you will learn to recognize these problems that are outside of our scope and learn the types of referrals useful to correct them. 

The workshops will equip participants with an integrated and widely applicable assessment protocol, and a diverse treatment skill set with which to address a wide range of biomechanical issues.

Learn all these methods and how they relate to each other to get a much fuller understanding of how functional methods achieve change in the body. You will then be able to mix and match techniques to address a wide range of situations. Along with treatment strategies good assessment skills are essential.

Credits: 2 Elective credits

Accommodation:  Fri & Sat evening (Super-king ensuite, twin, twin, double, double/triple/twin, single)

Arriving from Fri. 20th, 4pm onwards, Departing after the course Sun. 5pm

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