Faculty and Staff Information
Til Luchau is a lead instructor and the Director of Advanced-Trainings.com. With a diverse background that includes experience and contributions in fields like somatic psychology, structural integration, organizational and leadership development, and conflict resolution, Til's ability to connect interdisciplinary, big picture ideas to practical, real-world applications has made his trainings and events popular worldwide.
As a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, Til is a faculty member and former Coordinator of the Rolf Institute's Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, where in the early 1990's he originated Skillful Touch Bodywork (the Rolf Institute's own training and practice modality). His regular Myofascial Techniques column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009, and his articles have been published in magazines and peer-reviewed technical journals in Australia, Canada, Poland, the UK, and the USA. Formerly a resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, Chair of the Rolf Institute's Teacher Training Committee, and Adjunct Faculty member of Naropa University's Somatic Psychology Department, he has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in over a dozen countries on five continents. His private practice is based in the Boulder/Denver area, and includes Rolfing, advanced myofascial work, practitioner supervision, and professional coaching with clients from around the world.
Larry Koliha is a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, an instructor in the Rolf Institute's Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, is Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and is a Lead Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. His extremely clear, knowledgeable, and good-natured teaching style consistently delights his students. Having a talent for seeing how parts work together, Larry formerly worked in the field of mechanical analysis; combined with his emphases on sustainable body use, sensitive touch, and appropriate pacing, Larry brings a wealth of experience to his courses. Larry practices in the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina. Email him here.
George Sullivan is a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, and is a Lead Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. George's background as a black-belt Aikido instructor; his keen interest in Anatomy and proper body mechanics; as well as his skill, specificity, and sensitivity of touch, all inform his extremely competent instruction. His teaching is especially noteworthy for its depth, subtly, clarity, and easygoing approach. He lives and practices in Olympia, WA. Email him here.
Chris Pohowsky is a Certified Rolfer®, and is a Lead Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Chris is passionate about competitive cycling, running, climbing, kayaking and yoga; his outdoor athletic pursuits go hand in hand with a strong interest in personal well-being and injury prevention. Chris' particular talent lies in fostering a cooperative, enjoyable, and focused learning environment in his seminars, and he takes pride in offering workshop participants a solid foundational experience from which to develop their own work. Chris has a full-time private practice in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is on the faculty of Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga. Email him here.
Bethany Ward is a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, Rolf Movement® Practitioner, a faculty member at the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration, president of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation, and a Lead Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Her articles on the practical implications of fascial research have been published in the Structural Integration Journal, the International Association of Structural Integration Yearbook, Massage Magazine, and elsewhere. As an instructor, Bethany is adept at making complex ideas understandable, relevant, and accessible to a wide variety of learning styles. Bethany's full-time private practice (ActionPotential, Inc.) is based in Durham, NC. Email her here.
Bibiana Badenes is an influential somatic educator from Benicasim, Spain, where she oversees an innovative body-mind rehabilitation program for rheumatoid arthritis patients; directs the BodyWisdom series of conferences; and is the head of Kinesis, a somatic therapy clinic. Trained as both a Physical Therapist and an Advanced Certified Rolfer®, Bibi is an inspiring teacher with an unparalleled skillset.
Bibi is a featured instructor in the "Myofascia and Movement" courses with Til Luchau, including the 2015 Myofascial Retreat in Costa Rica.
Brian Halterman is a kundalini yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, and former Buddhist monk. A trained bodyworker, Brian is a long-time yoga practitioner, and engaged in a year-long, solitary meditation retreat in Big Sur, California. Brian combines his contemplative background, a lifetime of movement practice, his heart-centered bodywork practice, and love of music to create fun, transformative yoga classes.
Brian is known to many as the moderator and coordinator of ABMP's very popular webinar series. He will be leading the Morning Yoga and Evening Meditation courses at the 2015 Myofascial Retreat in Costa Rica.
Art Riggs is a Certified Advanced Rolfer® and massage therapist who has been teaching bodywork since 1988. He has conducted numerous workshops for health spas and medical professionals in addition to assisting in Rolf Institute trainings. A committed, high-level athlete and previous ultra-marathon participant, Art has worked with Olympic athletes, professional football and basketball players, and professional dancers and musicians. Currently, his teaching and the practice of working with the general population to provide body-awareness and ease in everyday living, remain the most gratifying aspect of his work.
Art is the author of the popular DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE DVDs and manual, and was a featured instructor at the 2011 Myofascial Retreat in Costa Rica.
Jan Sultan's initial encounter with Ida Rolf was in 1967 as her client. In 1969 he trained under her, and after having assisted several classes, was invited by Dr. Rolf to become an instructor in 1975. He feels strongly that his responsibility as an instructor goes beyond simply passing on what he was taught, to include the refinement and further development of the ideas and methodology of manual therapy. Jan practices in Los Angeles, CA, and teaches basic classes, continuing education, and advanced classes for the Rolf Institute, plus outreach training for other professionals.