Marlene Bouchard studied at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, and became a Certified Rolfer in 2016. Named after its founder, Dr. Ida Rolf, Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of manual therapy which focuses on the reorganization of the body’s connective tissues, called fascia (https://www.rolf.org/rolfing.php). Fascia is found under the skin, covering every single organ, every muscle, tiny muscle fibers and even every nerve. New research shows us that fascia is capable of significant plasticity because of its irregular shape and distribution and of its high innervation. Along with permeating most structural elements, fascia also plays multiple role in the body: it is highly protective in nature (Schleip, 2012, p.15); it provides a lubricating function; and it acts as a major organ of communication and proprioception throughout the body. This is because fascia as nearly six times as many sensory nerves than muscular tissue (Schleip, 2012, p.77). Because of these biomechanical properties, fascia responds to contact applied in the proper vector, pace and with a safe presence.
Pain, and even discomfort, can alters our daily life and our sense of self whether the cause is a chronic headache, lower back pain, or from a repetitive movement injury. Rolfing may offer benefits to overall body conditioning and functionality, even if someone has not experienced injury and/or trauma. From amateur or professional athletes to workers who perform tasks with repetitive-motion or even to someone who simply would like a change in well-being, Rolfing sessions may increase flexibility, balance and coordination, revitalize energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.
Dr. Ida Rolf Institute
The Rolfing method uses slow sustained contact with varying pressure that ranges from a few ounces to a few kilos. Marl will check in with you while doing the work to make sure that her depth and pace is comfortable for you. During a session, she may focus on one area of your body more than the other, and may ask you to actively participate by reaching or engaging a limb or an area in different ways. The majority of the hands-on portion is completed on a padded table. However, sometimes she may even do work as you sit on a bench or while you do a movement. For this reason, she asks that you wear comfortable underwear, sport or regular bra, running shorts or yoga shorts.
Marléne has widened her manual therapy skill set by also attending the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Although she is not a registered massage therapist, she is currently preparing to go through the Provincial Board Examination in the spring of 2021. Clients may be able to used their coverage once she has succeeded in this process.
Before coming to live on the west coast, Marléne completed a M.Sc. in Anthropology at Université de Montréal with ‘mention d’excellence’. She enjoys reading research and books in multiple fields as she believes that interdisciplinary knowledge and communication provide strong bases for practice. When she is not working, you can see her doing water sports, hikes, yoga and botanical dyeing.
Schleip, R., Findley, T.W., Chaitow, L., Huijing, P. A. (Eds.). (2012). Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
You can find more information on Marléne’s Page: marlenebouchard.com