Allen became a Certified Rolfer in 1998 by completing requirements of the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. This certification was a result of studies at the Rolf Institute's facilities in Boulder Colorado, Sydney Australia and Salvador Brazil. Allen was also certified as a Rolfing Movement Practitioner after completing the Rolf Institute's Movement training. He also holds National Certification by the Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Post graduate study in Italy and Germany at the European Rolfing Association has certified Allen as an Advanced Certified Rolfer. Training includes CranioSacral work, visceral manipulation and spinal mechanics.
Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and has completed graduate hours in Business Administration and Psychological Counseling. His training and experience in those fields inform his work as a Rolfer in a unique way.
Allen is committed to continuing his search for new and more effective ways to treat clients. In 2005 he completed a series of Visceral Manipulation trainings in Munich, Germany and continues with this line of therapy. This work was developed by French Osteopath Jean Pierre Barral and is effective in releasing strains of the organs of the thorax and abdomen. He also continues study with The Upledger Institute in Craniosacral Therapy.
In addition to his somatic training, Allen also practices yoga and meditation, lives on his small permaculture farm and is a performing and teaching AfroBrazilian percussionist and a student of guitar. He is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and is licensed by the state of North Carolina (#8230).
Additional Trainings since Advanced Certification
Intra Oral CranioSacral II workshop -March 2013. The course focused on cranial base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint; whole body evaluation; and the energy cyst with regional unwinding.
Somatic Experiencing Workshop - A four day workshop which addressed the physical manifestations of psychological and physical trauma on the body. This is the work of Peter Levine of Boulder Colorado.
Neuromeningeal Workshop - January 2009 in New York City. Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine to the dura surrounding the brain and spinal cord and their related nerve roots. Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body. Symptoms of cranial and spinal chord restrictions such as radiating shoulder and neck pain and low back and sciatic pain are addressed with these techniques.
Whiplash Training - Allen has completed a fourth Visceral Manipulation course in Ft. Collins, CO in 2005, taught by Didier Pratt, D.O. from Lyons, France. This work focuses on treatment of victims of trauma with a special emphasis on whiplash. According to Pratt, whiplash syndrome is not only caused by car accidents but can be the result of other trauma such as prolonged computer use, work or sports related injuries or psychological stress. Besides the obvious neck and shoulder pain, symptoms can also be experienced as reflux, low back pain, knee and even foot pain. This treatment is indicated whenever the connective tissue and surrounding nerves of the neck and shoulder girdle become strained and inflamed.
Visceral Manipulation - Allen has completed training in Visceral Manipulation in Munich Germany. Four courses taken over two years have dealt with the thorax, the urogenital system and the abdomen. Massage, Chiropractic work and even Rolfing to a large extent ignores strains in the organs and intestines, which are responsible for many restrictions in the body. Visceral Manipulation is a safe, gentle and effective way to help bring order to the body on a very deep level.
Craniosacral training - In addition to the basic Craniosacral classes an advanced craniosacral class was completed in August 2006 in Washington D.C. held by The Upledger Institute. Advanced techniques were presented for releasing strains in the cranial vault as well as fascial strains throughout the body. Another advanced course entitled Somato-Emotional Release was completed in 2007.
Advanced Training in Europe - In 2003, Allen completed a five week Advanced Rolfing Training program in Bolzano, Italy and Munich, Germany. Advanced techniques such as Visceral Manipulation, Cranio-Sacral Techniques for Rolfers and other advanced Rolfing techniques for shoulders and hips were presented. Instructors were Dr. Peter Schwind of Munich and Dr. Jeffery Maitland of Scottsdale AZ, both senior Advanced Rolfing Instructors.
Dissection Laboratory - A six day intensive Human Dissection workshop was completed June 2007 with Gil Hedley, Ph.D. This advanced workshop is designed to deepen anatomical knowledge as well as refine palpation skills. The workshop was held at Tuft's University Medical School in Boston.
Why I became a Rolfer
"In 1989, during a particularly stressful time in my life, the chronic neck and shoulder pain that I had experienced most of my adult life became unbearable. It became so severe that it prevented me from remaining at work. A friend suggested that I try Rolfing since it had helped him. I had never heard of Rolfing but was desperate and trusted my friend. After one session I felt better. After ten sessions I felt like a new person, free of the agonizing neck pain and other bothersome aches that I was experiencing. In addition to the physical symptoms that were being released I was very surprised at the emotional release. I felt better physically, felt happier and was discovering a new way to be in my body.
It was not until many years later when I was seeking a new, more rewarding and less stressful career that I came back to Rolfing as a practitioner. I am enjoying this challenging work very much and especially enjoy meeting the many wonderful people that come to me for Rolfing. Rolfing has been a blessing in many ways." - Allen Frost