Jeffrey Burch practices in Eugene, Oregon and offers classes in Eugene, Oregon, as well as other locations in the USA. A Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Jeffrey has extensively studied and integrated into his Hands-On Therapies both Cranial Manipulation and Visceral Manipulation. He has developed groundbreaking new joint mobilization methods.
Education & Training
Jeffrey Burch received a BA in biology from the University of Oregon in 1975, after which he trained at The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® in Boulder, Colorado, receiving his Certification as a Rolfer in 1977.
He first practiced Rolfing® Structural Integration in London, and later in Seattle and Honolulu before returning to his native Eugene, Oregon, in 1989. At the time he was in London there were only a half dozen Rolfers in Europe. He accepted invitations to Rolf groups of people in Oslo, Stockholm, Trondheim, and Tehran. He now lives in Eugene Oregon and practices and offers continuing education classes in both Eugene and Portland, Oregon.
Jeffrey Burch received his Rolfing Advanced Certification in 1990, after which he again began studying at the University of Oregon where he received a second BA in Psychology in 1993 and a Master of Science in Counseling in 1995. His Masters thesis “Alexithymia and Dissociation” explores topics related to psychosomatic conditions.
In 1998, Jeffrey began intensively studying CranioSacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute, Cranial Manipulation with French Osteopath Alain Gehin, and Visceral Manipulation through the International Alliance for Health Care Educators (IAHE). Jeffrey has taken most of the Visceral Manipulation classes offered by Jean Pierre Barral and his associates in North America, most twice. Jeffrey completed the apprenticeship to teach visceral manipulation and although he is not part of the North American Visceral Manipulation Institution team, he independently offers specialized courses in visceral manipulation with the permission of Jean Pierre Barral.
Starting in 2010 he began to develop groundbreaking new methods to assess and release adhesions and contractures in joint capsules, bursas, and tendon sheaths. In 2015 he began to teach these methods to other therapists.
Structural Integration Schools
At the time Jeffrey trained at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® in Boulder, Colorado, that school was the only structural integration school in the world. Since then branches of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® have opened in Munich, Germany, Sao Paolo, Brazil and Sydney, Australia. Several practitioners and teachers have left the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute to start many new structural integration and related schools including the Guild for Structural Integration (GSI) , Hellerwork International (HWI), and the Aston Patterning Institute (API). Jeffrey continues his membership with in the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®, is an affiliate of GSI, and has friendly relations with members and administration of both Hellerwork International and Aston Patterning Institute.
The International Alliance of Structural Integrators (IASI) is an umbrella organization and certifying body for several quality schools of structural integration. Jeffrey was the founding editor of the annual publication of IASI – The Structural Integration Yearbook, and he presents at IASI conferences. Eligibility for membership in IASI is a prerequisite to take Jeffrey’s course series Visceral Manipulation for Structural Integrators.
Publications & Teaching
Jeffrey Burch has written articles on the history of manual therapy, Visceral Manipulation and how to integrate both Visceral Manipulation and CranioSacral Therapy into structural integration practice. These articles have been published in Massage & Bodywork Magazine, Tensegrity News, The Journal of Structural Integration, and Massage Therapy Journal.
Jeffrey teaches continuing education classes for the Rolf Institute® and privately.
He regularly leads webinars for other manual therapists through SIConnect.us
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The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute
Former Member of Ethics Committee of the Rolf Institute
The Western Pain Society
Oregon Massage Therapists Association
NW Cranial Association
Guild for Structural Integration
International Association of Structural Integrators
American Psychotherapy Association
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Better Business Bureau
Chamber of Commerce