Rolfing® with Janu VanierRolfing® Structural Integration with Janu Vanier
Who is Janu Vanier?
Hello, my name is Janu Vanier. I am a Nationally Certified Manual Therapist and Certified Rolfer . I take great care and enjoyment in helping my clients through a process of self discovery that often leads to profound and lasting transformations. Although integration of the human being as a whole is the intention of my work, many of my clients have overcome complicated physical limitations, chronic and acute pain complexes, and social anxiety disorders as a result of our work together.
I hold over 10’000 therapeutic touch hours, and 2500 hours of training and certifications in Martial Arts, Rossiter Technique, Continuum Movement and Therapeutic Yoga Instruction in addition to my extensive training at the Brian Utting and Brenneke schools of Massage in Seattle Washington and the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration® in Boulder Colorado.
What is Rolfing® Structural Integration?
Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues called fascia.
More than fifty years ago, Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing Structural Integration works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus potentially resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.
Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.
How and why Janu Vanier became a Rolfer.
Before becoming a Rolfer™ I suffered from severe chronic pain for many years. My left hip was constantly throbbing with nerve pain running down my left leg, my right ankle was sore from always compensating for the left leg, my shoulders were constantly hunched up towards my ears and I had carpal tunnel in both wrists from typing all day. To make things worse, I was about 25 pounds overweight and in poor cardiovascular health for my age. Sitting at a computer 5 days a week was clearly taking its toll on my body. I was trapped in my own body and I didn’t know what to do about it, until I found Rolfing.
After receiving the “Ten Series” of Rolfing over a period of ten weeks I was a completely transformed. Not only did I experience a total elimination of my pain symptoms, but it was accompanied by a huge increase in mental clarity and body awareness that led to more self confidence and overall enjoyment of everyday life.
Fast forward to today, I’ve gained almost half an inch in height from the length Rolfing created in my spine, and I’ve lost over 25 pounds as a result of my new found love and ability to exercise without pain or the limitations of a stiff body.
So, why I am a Rolfer?
I simply couldn’t find a better way to contribute to this world than helping others find similar possibilities of transformation in their own lives.
– Janu Vanier
Prior to working with Janu, often I would need as many as five chiropractic visits or two trips to the massage therapist in any given week… very expensive and ultimately futile as the relief from pain usually did not last more than a day or two, at most.
I’m almost through the 10-series with Janu; (2 sessions to go) and my personal experience with him continues to be as close to miraculous as anything could possibly be. I am now extraordinarily and gratefully pain free. Put another way… I’ve gotten my life back. Janu’s approach is thoughtful, calming, focused and caring. In addition to rolfing, in my case, he has also suggested simple exercises and techniques to improve posture, alleviate any muscle tension and increase energy flow. To anyone looking for a structure integration practitioner, all I can say is: look no further.
Janu is one of the best bodyworkers I’ve found. As a teacher of Yoga and Martial Arts, and experienced Bodyworker myself, I’m very picky as to what kind of work I have done and by whom. Janu is one of the most intuitive and effective bodyworkers I’ve ever had treat me, and has been able to help me through general structural integration and even work through significant injury.
An amazing and intuitive healer. He helped relieve a chronic problem of mine that no one else could… and I tried many a therapist and technique. Also, he doesn’t assume he knows, he actually listens, and then addresses the issue. Highly recommended!
When I came to Janu, I had chronic yearlong shoulder and foot pain from kickboxing practice, and the general aches and pains that come with a writer’s life, leaning over a keyboard. He dug in and pulled those knots apart with bare hands and intuition. As the days passed, my shoulder began to ache less and my toe began to wiggle freely, upon request. And, as a bonus, the day after a session, I don’t feel bruised and battered the way some deep tissue work leaves me feeling. I cannot recommend him highly enough. (But don’t book his schedule so full that he can’t fit me in!)