Jazmine C. Fox-Stern
Certified Rolfer™ & Owner of Boston Body Balance
When I received my first Rolfing® series, I was amazed by how good it felt, how much I learned about myself, and how fast bodies and habits could change. This potential for changing the way that we experience ourselves is what drew me to become a Rolfer™
Although it's great helping people get out of pain, it's not the best part of my job. What feeds my soul is helping people to feel at home in their bodies- helping people learn how to relax and how to stay relaxed when they go about their daily lives. Helping people who feel broken regain a sense of wholeness. Helping people find out how good walking can feel when your joints are moving properly and your fasciae are free from restrictions. Watching people who have hated and feared and ignored and mistreated their bodies develop a joyful relationship with their physical selves. As my clients begin to understand their bodies, they begin to trust their bodies. This trust brings a sense of wholeness.
Rather than feeling like a frustrated mind trapped in an uncomfortable and confusing body, you can experience life as an integrated, embodied human with tremendous capacity to learn and change.
I grew up in Bellingham, Washington (85 miles North of Seattle) in a family that strongly valued healthy living. Growing up, I spent a lot of time reading, hiking, training in Aikido (a non-violent martial art) practicing yoga and acrobatics, climbing trees, playing music, and dancing. All of these interests have continued into my adulthood, developing into passions for graceful embodiment and intellectual rigor.
After studying at Bennington College in Vermont, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Technologia in Costa Rica, and The Evergreen State College in Washington, I earned my BA in Psychology in 2002.
Shortly afterward, I was introduced to Rolfing® Structural Integration and was surprised by how much it taught me about my body, even after so many years of practicing various techniques of mindful embodiment. I was struck by the power of Rolfing Structural Integration to create lasting changes. Knowing that I wanted a career helping people to increase their quality of life and self-awareness, I decided that this kind of bodywork was an essential tool for creating the life I most wanted. In December of 2008, I finally moved to Boulder, Colorado to attend the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration.
Personal delights include dancing, singing, practicing yoga, hiking, running, cycling, rock climbing, skate skiing, cooking, vegetable gardening, reading, writing, and relaxing in the sun.
I love teaching for the joy of watching people learn, as well as for the increased clarity it gives me. In my work as a Rolfer™, this manifests in offering tidbits of relevant anatomical, physiological, or psychological studies. It's great when my clients ask questions and take an active roll in optimizing their function. My love of life-long learning helps me to collaborate with clients in discovering new ways of using their bodies. This can be empowering for the clients, as the Rolfing experience is not something I am doing to them, but their own process of exploration and healing.
My Rolfing practice is inspiring, satisfying, and continuously growing. I value curiosity and so welcome your questions about the Rolfing process and how I approach it.
Areas of study:
As a human and as a Rolfer™, I am deeply committed to ongoing study and personal growth. I am interested in developing the concept of wellness as not just the absence of disease, but as a state of vitality, vibrancy, resiliency, and self-actualization. My academic interests include: neurology and physiology, anatomy and coordination, philosophy and healing, mythology and literature, existentialism and the fine arts, psychology and attention, language and perception.
In the future, I hope to get involved with research on the effectiveness of Rolfing® Structural Integration with regard to eating disorders and body dysmorphia, depression, anxiety, task-specific coordination, dystonia, scoliosis, sciatica, arthritis, cerebral palsy, as well as further identifying effects on healthy individuals.
April 2014 - Cranial Sacral Therapy - (4 Days at the Upledger Institute)
March 2014 - Structural Aging - (3 days taught by Valerie Berg)
June 2013 - Working with the Diaphragm and Ribcage - (4 Days taught by Ron Murray)
February 2013 - Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Ten Series - (4 days taught by Tessy Brunghart)
November 2012 - Working with the Pelvis- (4 days taught by Ron Murray)
May 2012 - Working with Knees and Ankles - (4 days taught by Ron Murray)
January 2011 - Rolfing and Trauma - This course integrated the insights of Peter Levene's Somatic Experiencing into the framework of Rolfing Structural Integration. I now feel even better prepared to work with clients who are struggling with the results of physical and emotional trauma. (6 days taught by Lael Keen)