About Jessica Silver
After years of ballet training and a 9-5 desk job hunched at a computer, my shoulders felt like they were held up around my ears and my hips felt tight and stiff, as if my legs were wooden. I began searching for something (anything!) that could make my body feel free and light. In 1999 I was Rolfed. After the first session my body felt lighter and straighter. My shoulders dropped from what felt like being strung up to my ears, my legs felt light and the physical changes in my body made it look and feel longer and stronger. As my body felt more comfortable, my perspectives on life and what I wanted to do changed, and I began to study meditation and various movement modalities. In February, 2000 I became a certified Structural Integration Practitioner (“Rolfer”) at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado and then five years later completed my advanced training. I was fortunate to have been taught this work by Dr. Rolf’s senior students who are dedicated to its traditional teachings. Since then, I have had a full time practise and continue to further my education by participating regularly in Structural Integration workshops to bring new skills and knowledge to my community in Vancouver, Canada.
Various Continuing education classes that have enhanced my understanding of the work:
Workshop: Embodying Tonic Function: Perceptual and Coordinative Skills that Integrate Structure
Date: March 2013 Instructors: Kevin Frank/Caryn McHose
Workshop: Embodiment of the Endocrine System
Date: February 2013 Instructor: Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Workshop: The Cranium and Structural Integration
Date: November 2012 Instructor: Sharon Hancoff
Workshop: Biomechanics of Alignment: Shoulder Girdle and Thorax, Neck and Spine
Date: September 2012 Instructor: Liz Gaggini
Workshop: Biomechanics of Alignment: Pelvis, Legs and Arms
Date: July 2012 Instructor: Liz Gaggini
Workshop: Integrating Scartissue
Date: May 2012 Instructor: Sharon Hancoff
Workshop: Integral Anatomy Human Cadaver Dissection
Date: April 2012, April 2010, April 2008 Instructor: Gil Hedley
Workshop: Strong and Flexible Knees
Date: March 2012 Instructor: Erik Franklin
Workshop: The Art of Rolfing
Date: February 2012 Instructor: Sharon Hancoff
Workshop: Structural-Visceral Approaches for the Thorax, Diaphragm and Mid-back
Date: November 2011 Instructor: Bruce Schonfeld
Workshop: Bone Rolling
Date: September 2011 Instructor: Sharon Hancoff
Workshop: Coming Into Form
Date: February 2011 Instructor: Gil Hedley
Workshop: Visceral Manipulation Abdomen 1
Date: November, 2010 Instructor: Anabel Mackenzie (Barral Institute)
Workshop: Post 10-series work
Date: May 2010 Instructor: Neal Powers
Workshop: Post 10-series workshop
Date: February 2009 Instructor: Emmet Hutchins
“Every time I have had a session with Jessica Silver I felt like new person, taller, stronger, younger by 20 years…like a snake coming out from old skin! As a Cirque du Soleil performer with a lot physical demands on my body, Rolfing gives me huge benefits! I strongly recommend anyone to have it..”
Jessica has skilled hands and a keen eye. She works deeply and effectively bringing new life to the tissues of the body.
What I liked best about Jessica was her touch. She engaged with a true eye and a true heart, much like an archer drawing back her bow and releasing to the target. I felt her work was clear, focused, and skillful. I would recommend her work to anyone interested in this important healing art.
An avid tennis player, I am able to stretch more effectively since working with Jessica, which helps me feel more comfortable in my body no matter what activity I’m doing. Her warm manner and knowing hands helped unlock years of stress and I credit her work for helping me be freer and easier in my body.
For years I had chronic back pain that I thought was a result of working at a computer. After the 10 series with Jessica, I learned that pain is not something I have to live with. Her work not only resolved my back pain but lengthened my toes, helping me to feel more comfortable walking and moving in general.
I have tried many types of body work (physio, massage, shiatsu, chiropractic), and I have found Structural Integration to be the most effective. After 10 sessions, the effect had such a profound impact that after four years, I continue to come once a month, every month, as part of my commitment to maintaining the health of my spine. I find Jessica to be deeply committed to her work. The way she works reveals an immense care and concern that has made it easy to develop complete trust and to let g…