About Me

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My name is Amy Iadarola, and I am a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ practicing in the Washington, DC metro area. I have been a professional bodyworker for 15 years, 10 of which I worked at a physical therapy clinic that specialized in dance medicine. Over the years, my clients have ranged from performing artists and elite athletes to people living with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic back and neck pain.

In 2003, I was certified in Pilates, which remains influential in my Rolfing practice. My sessions typically incorporate 1 or 2 gentle, Pilates-based exercises to activate your deep stabilizing muscles and support the changes we achieve with the hands-on work.

My practice is also informed by my 25 years of experience in dance and movement and 15 years in public health. Currently, I serve on the Rolf Institute® Board of Directors and am pursuing certification in craniosacral therapy though the Colorado Cranial Institute.

CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSURE

  • Certified Craniosacral Therapist, Colorado Cranial Institute, Boulder, CO, 2017
  • Certified Advanced Rolfer, Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO, 2013
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD, 2011
  • Certified Rolfer, Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO, 2010
  • Certified Pilates Practitioner, Polestar Pilates Education, Coral Gables, FL, 2003
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Virginia Board of Nursing, Richmond, VA, 2002
  • Certified Massage Therapist, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, McLean, VA, 2002

EDUCATION

  • Colorado Cranial Institute, Boulder, CO, 2017
  • Advanced Training Program, Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO, 2013
  • Rolfing Certification Program, Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO, 2010
  • Massage Training Certification Program, Potomac Massage Training Institute, Washington, DC, 2002
  • MA, Literature, American University, Washington, DC, 1995
  • BA, Literature, American University, Washington, DC, 1991
  • Washington School of Ballet, Washington, DC, 1975–1985

EXPERIENCE

Certified Advanced Rolfer, Rolfing and Movement, LLC, Kensington, MD (2013–present). Work primarily with individuals with chronic pain to release fascial restrictions and restore healthy neuromotor patterns. Teach introductory classes on Rolfing and fascial anatomy at the University of Maryland School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and other venues by invitation, e.g., Annual Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair 2014 and Dance Educators Training Institute 2017. Provide bodywork backstage at the Kennedy Center to visiting dance companies including Alvin Ailey Dancer Theater.

Secretary, Board of Directors, Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO (2015–present). Help establish and enforce policies that ensure the Rolf Institute fulfills its purposes: To train and certify Rolfers, provide continuing education, promote research, and educate the public on Rolfing.

Contributing Editor, Structural Integration: The Journal of the Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO (2013–2016). Edited articles on Rolfing and Rolf Movement® Integration for the Institute’s quarterly professional journal. Contribute articles and interviews to the journal, including an article on Joint Hypermobility in Dancers (March 2015).

Certified Rolfer and Massage Therapist, Body Dynamics, Arlington, VA (2001–2013). Collaborated with physical therapists, massage therapists, and movement educators to treat individuals with a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Treated professional and preprofessional dancers recovering from injury and provided therapeutic massage backstage at the Kennedy Center to dance companies including the Mark Morris Dance Group. Taught group classes in Pilates, active isolated stretch, and dance conditioning at Body Dynamics and the Kirov Academy of Ballet.

Dancer, Sister’s Trousers Dance Company, Reston, VA (1995–2005). Performed with the DC-area modern dance company across the mid-Atlantic region.

Medical Writer, Washington, DC metro area (1991–2006). Wrote research summaries on musculoskeletal disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, aging, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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