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 Certifed 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. Recently he completed a series of Visceral Manipulation trainings in Munich, Germany and continues with this line of training. 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. See page one "What's New" for his latest trainings.
In addition to his rigirous somatic training, Allen also practices yoga and meditation, lives on his small permaculture farm and is a performing and teaching AfroBrazilian percussionist. He is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and is licensed by the state of North Carolina (#8230).
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."