Certified Rolfer & Rolf Movement Practitioner
For me, Rolfing is about accepting the body and the person as they are. It is then a gentle and sometimes brave process of allowing old and new constrictions to shift. I focus on breathing patterns, movement and subtle hands-on bodywork to help relieve stress and pain.
My name is Loan (pronounced Lwan) Tran.
I graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Sussex. It was a knee-injury from Aikido (Japanese martial art) that led me to Rolfing. I found the Rolfing process very beneficial both physically and psychologically and decided to train as a Rolfer. I completed my training in Munich in 1989. My interest in movement and helping clients to get the most out of their improved structure led me to train in Rolf Movement in 1998.
I have completed a training in Hakomi with the Centre for Applied Mindfulness http://www.appliedmindfulness.co.uk/ and use hakomi principles in my work. This includes looking for what strengths and resources my clients already have and building on them rather than only seeing what's not working well; creating a welcoming and safe space for them to explore the potential of their body and have more choices for movement, mentally, emotionally and physically.
The two big influences on my Rolfing practice are the arts and the buddhist teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.
I love the feeling of how the arts can give a feeling of possibility and aliveness. This connects with how I feel Rolfing can give a sense of fresh choices for physical movement which can connect to other ways of noticing one's environment and expressing oneself.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who teaches the 'mindfulness' approach to life and meditation. His teachings are deceptively simple: just to be in the present moment and aware of your senses, thoughts and feelings with curiosity and without harsh judgement. His teachings help me to stay mindful of how I am working and to encourage my clients to approach their Rolfing process with a spirit of curiousity and enjoyment.