Trevor Paque, Certified Rolfer™
Trevor Paque is a Certified Rolfer practicing in Santa Cruz, CA. He graduated from the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. in June of 2015.
My Story with Rolfing
I received my first Rolfing session in 2007. I was looking for help with back pain. The pain was so bad that some days I couldn't get out of bed. In that first session my Rolfer showed my how the way I was sitting was causing my pain. He showed me how to make some simple changes to the way I was sitting and my problem was solved. I knew that such a simple and elegant solution could only come from a practitioner who had a great deal of knowledge and understanding. I was impressed.
This first experience with Rolfing changed my whole mindset about how the body ages. Before, I thought that the body could only deteriorate as we aged. After, I realised that it is possible to improve the body's structure and function.
In 2010, knee pain lead me to the corrective exercises of Pete Egoscue. Less than two weeks of doing corrective exercises every morning ended 15 years of knee pain. After this experience I was passionate about wanting to help other people bring their bodies into alignment.
In 2013 I decided to become a Rolfer. I had spent the previous several years trying to find my dream job. After trying lots of different things I was pretty sure Rolfing would be it.
I had many amazing experiences in my own body during my training at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute. One was after receiving session four of the ten series from another student. I stood up from the table and felt a shift through my whole body. Before, I felt like I couldn't keep my head up because it was pulled down in the front. Lifting my head felt like I was lifting the weight of all of my internal organs. After the session, I stood up and felt a new sense of support through the medial arch of my foot that allowed my pelvis to sit more horizontally. This more neutral pelvic tilt felt like it gave my internal organs a platform of support, and my head and neck felt free to lift up and back.
Another amazing experience happened in one of my Rolf Movement sessions. My right shoulder was always lower than my left. During the session my Rolfer identified that the restriction was coming from under my ribcage on the right side. She did a little work there and had me stand up. It felt like helium balloons were lifting up my shoulder. It was easier to let it float up to a new position than it was for it to stay down. I later realised that that area below my ribs would shorten when I was stressed, revealing an interesting emotional component.
I've found Rolfing to be the dream job I was looking for. I enjoy going to work and helping people every day.
Growing up I wanted to be an artist, and now I am one. My medium is the human body. The body is such an interesting medium to work with, because it requires working with structural, emotional, functional, energetic, and biopsychosocial factors. I love sharing this gift of Rolfing with others.
Dr. Ida Rolf Institute
University of California
Biomechanics of the Axial Complex
Dr. Ida Rolf Institute - Boulder, CO
Instructor: Juan David Velez
Neural Mobilisation: Peripheral Nerves of the Shoulder and Pelvic Girdles
Seattle Centre for Structural Medicine - Seattle, WA
Instructor: Jonathan Martine