Larry Kaufman, LMT, Advanced Structural Integrator
Director and Founder of the NW Center
Larry Kaufman has practiced integrative bodywork since 1978. He holds Basic and Advanced certifications from the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado, as well as a degree in psychology from Antioch College. He is a former member of the Integrative Medicine Center at St. Mary’s Hospital (Grand Junction, Colorado) and past Director of the Weber Street Center for Process Oriented Body Work and Conflict Resolution.
As a “second generation” practitioner of Dr. Ida Rolf’s method of Structural Integration, Larry has developed his own interpretation of the work. Much like a martial artist must leave his sensei’s dojo to let his own style emerge, Larry has developed a unique perspective of this work. He blends classical SI techniques with understandings from process-oriented and developmental psychology, Chinese medicine, restorative physical therapy and movement dynamics.
A former professional river guide, Larry has synthesized his intimate understanding of the forces of nature and the movement in our bodies. The best river guides, he points out, don’t see the rocks – they see where the river wants to go and place themselves in that line of intention. Larry sees a similar line of intention – a “main current” or “line of motion” – flowing in a vertical pathway through the body. He uses that current as an organizing principle to navigate through the twists and blocks in the body resulting from trauma, disease, repetitive motion and stress.
Learning to feel motion through the body like the current on a river – or blocks to the motion like rocks and obstacles – is the single most powerful awareness Larry offers his students. That perceptiveness coupled with Dr. Rolf’s bio-mechanical insights is what makes Larry’s framework Structural Integration so powerful.
Larry teaches and maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon at the Northwest Center for Structural Integration, 4160 SE Division Ave, Portland Oregon 97202. Appointments can be arranged at 503-984-8200.
Shannon Northroup, Structural Integrator, Instructor
Shannon Northroup is an LMT, structural integration practitioner, movement educator and forever student living and working in Hood River, OR. Her career experience in the healing arts, as well as various complementary fields, have woven together to create a diverse platform to practice, teach and embody the concepts of SI.
Shannon has found structural integration to be a blueprint for holistic living. As a practitioner, she is interested in how subtle movement patterns and perception can powerfully shape structural relationships in the body. Through hands-on bodywork and movement education, individuals are able to shift long-held patterning (physical and emotional) and move towards more balance and ease in their bodies, allowing for new ways of moving and a deeper experience of the world.
Her intention is to provide a safe and accepting environment, offering individuals the opportunity to collaborate with and deepen into relationship with their own body knowing and wisdom.
Leslie C. Franklin, Psy. D, Program Coordinator
Leslie Franklin has worked in counseling, clinical, and community mental health field for the past 35 years, most recently working as a school psychologist and administrator for a local school district in the Portland metro area. Leslie has her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, her master’s degree from the University of Oregon, and an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. Leslie has a keen interest in interpersonal neurobiology and the process of change. She has extensive research experience in the field of attachment theory with at-risk youth and families. Leslie brings her skills to the NW Center as Program Coordinator and teacher during the Practitioner Intensive training program. She enjoys being behind the scenes as well as cheering on our students as they move through their personal journey of incorporating structural integration into their professional life. Interested in training with us? You’ll likely talk with Leslie to help figure out all of the logistics of travel, tuition, lodging, etc.
What Participants are Saying………………
“For over 15 years, Larry’s skills have allowed me to keep doing the things I love – hiking, kayaking, playing soccer, cycling, pumping iron and more. He’s brought me back from injuries that allopaths told me required surgery, realigned me to cure chronic pain, and sorted out lingering hurts that date back to my teens. I’m a few months shy of 60 now, and with Larry’s support, I expect to play well into my 80′s. Of all my health care practitioners, he’s the only one who doesn’t tell me to end my denial and accept my age. Instead, he says, “Go do it!”
JG, ~~Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Leslie has a wonderful approach to teaching counseling strategies. She has that natural blend of being calm yet infusing excitement into the class curriculum. I feel like I have a new skill set for working with clients in transition”.
AP ~~Portland Oregon
“Shannon has a gentle presence about her that gives me the self-confidence to stretch outside of my comfort zone. She has amazing experience and skills and helps us stay focused on honoring our personal journey during the training.”
“Larry, Shannon, and Leslie are a great team. Between Larry’s extensive expertise in bodywork, Shannon’s skilled expertise as a healer and structural integrator, and Leslie’s counseling background, I feel like I have a new set of tools to work with my clients.”
JK-A, ~~Portland, Oregon