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Rolfing & Embodied Counselling
Our bodies hold the stories of who we are but more often than not, we find ourselves struggling to even understand what’s really going on within us. We’re physically stressed and emotionally exhausted.
It's time for that to change.
More often than not, we try to deal with the body from a very surface level. We see what's wrong on the outside and we try to fix it but the truth is - the body isn't meant to be 'fixed', it's meant to be freed.
This is why Somatic Balance was created - our aim is to go beyond the surface and gain a deeper understanding into who we are and what we need. We are here to help people work with the body instead of against it, to begin understanding how the physical body, mind and emotions are one.
Release tension and relieve pain.
Improve the ability to manage internal and external pressure.
Learn how to deal with physical and emotional stress.
Increase body awareness.
Develop stronger self-esteem.
Clear the mind.
Show up in the world as the best version of themselves.
Looking for a long-term solution that brings back well-being, alignment and balance to your body? This is it.
Developed in the 20th century by biochemist, Ida Rolf, Rolfing® is also commonly known as Structural Integration. It is a technique of soft tissue manipulation aimed at the release and realignment of the body, and the reduction of muscular and physical tension. Clients who have tried Rolfing® have reported lower levels of stress and anxiety, more energy overall, more at ease in their bodies, more balance in difficult situations, increased self-assurance and an ability to display their inner selves more confidently.
Over a course of sessions, a Rolfer addresses the entire fascia network of the body while taking the whole body into account, including structural and functional relationships. The practice uses gravity as an ally, which is what sets it apart from other types of body work.
Sessions go for 1hr | Lead by Celeste
Begin a journey of self-discovery and deeper understanding of your body, thoughts and emotions, with Embodied counselling.
This is a body-centred mindfulness practice which aims to withdraw from our preconceived ideas and help us become aware of who we truly are. In the practice, you will learn new skills that will guide you in taking full ownership of your well-being in an autonomous way and by self-motivation. The result is inner satisfaction, a rediscovered tranquility, vibrancy and improved social interaction.
We work with breath, movement, gestures, contemplation, polarities and acceptance of the present, which helps us slow-down and observe how our present experience is organized in a non-judgemental, non-interpretive, present-based point of view.
Sessions go for 1hr | Lead by Celeste
Whether you're looking to help your team shake off the stress or provide long-term support in the workplace, we have the courses, workshops and programmes to suit you.
Your staff members and co-workers deserve more than the occasional wine and cheese platter. If you're looking to treat them to something different, Somatic Balance offers a range of services that can be tailor-made to suit your company's needs.
From Yoga to stress management, lunchtime stress shake-offs to contemplation, bring a change to the workplace and watch your team members flourish.
All workshops and sessions are tailor-made | Lead by Celeste
I choose Embodied Counselling because I wanted to feel more connected to my myself and my body, and ultimately work on my self-esteem. My biggest takeaway was that I was really disconnected from myself and my emotions. With Cele's guidance, I was able to learn why I experience particular feelings, emotions or self-limiting beliefs in certain situations and how to change these patterns.
The first session was really different from what I had expected. I loved that it was tailored, structured and goal orientated. I found the exercises really helpful and I liked that they were things I could easily integrate into my daily life. They made me feel calm, relaxed and grounded.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to understand themselves better, feel less stressed, more confident and more empowered. Cele's approach is really unique, I've seen other practitioners in the past and found this particular approach incredibly helpful.
I had Rolfing sessions and they were great. My body was very tense and sore when I went to see her and I did not seem to be able to let go and feel relaxed. Through her expertise, Celeste slowly re-balanced my body and I started to learn a new way to relate to it. She knows what she is doing and makes you feel safe and relaxed. So relaxed in fact that I fell asleep during one of her sessions. Highly recommend her.
Learn more about our resident magic maker, Celeste.
Certified Rolfing Practitioner, Embodied Counselling Practitioner and Mindfulness Coach.
My journey with Rolfing and Embodied Counselling began within myself. I was in IT Engineering when I felt a nudge within me to “move”... physically and in my life’s path. I felt frustrated and unfulfilled. I was doing what I was told I “should be doing” yet I was unhappy.
I started looking into emobodied counselling as a student and it taught me that most of my connection with the world was just not real, it was almost as if I was connected with my ‘fantasy’ or ‘idea’ of the world and of myself, but not my actual, true self. I began paying attention to the body and learned how it helps us return to who we really are. That catapulted my journey and obsession with how experiences are felt through the body, how those experiences then shape our reality and how body-mind-emotions work together.
All of this has led me to see and believe that each one of us have everything within us to change and be happy… we just need to tune into that natural capacity, use and allow it to grow. My passion and ultimate goal with my clients is to help them stop struggling. This means I am here to help you reach your next available level of integration - be it physical, emotional, around beliefs or perceptions of the world. Everything we work on during the sessions can be applied to your daily life and will make a difference for you.
I have studied, worked and lived in Mendoza and Buenos Aires in Argentina where I completed my IT Engineering studies, became a Bach’s flowers practitioner, Yoga teacher and studied Ady-yoga with the founder. I still have weekly supervision sessions with him… it helps keep me sane. I then moved to Stockholm where I studied with various Rolfing supervisors and mentors before hopping on a plane to Germany where continued my Rolfing training at the European Rolfing Association and studied with mentors.
A few years ago, I moved to Sydney and it has been a journey of continuous learning with a focus on workshops around mindfulness, somatic movement, and Rolfing. I’m a constant student of the human expression and what makes us who we are.
If you’re interested in finding out more, feel free to drop me a note.
Gain deeper insight into the world of Rolfing.
Rolfing is a form of holistic, process-oriented bodywork developed by biochemist, Dr. Ida Rolf. The method differs from others because it takes gravity into account and understands the role it plays for our wellbeing. Dr.Ida recognised that gravity is an essential organising element for body structure, movement coordination, perception and human expression.
Unlike other forms of bodywork, a Rolfer doesn't only take the entire body into account, they look at its structural and functional relationships too. Throughout a 10-session series, the entire fascia network of the body is addressed – with the goal of aligning it ideally in relation to gravity.
Yes, anyone can try it. It is often used by athletes who want to achieve more efficient movement. It's also a frequently used by musicians, dancers and actors who want to expand their body awareness and ability to express themselves freely.
After accidents and operations Rolfing can help those affected gain freer movement.
Rolfing is for anyone who wants to have long-term, lasting improvements in their health and well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages. If you're experiencing any form of discomfort including back pain, neck tension, headaches, problems in the hips, knees or feet, Rolfing can help alleviate and treat the pain. If you're finding it difficult to recover after an accident or operation, Rolfing can also help you gain freer movement.
Every session begins with a short observation phase. You could be asked to sit, stand, walk a few steps or to breathe deeply to assess your body and what it needs. You will then lie on a padded table, one similar to a massage table where the Rolfer delicately works on the fascia in a specific body area while applying precise pressure.
You will usually supports the effects of Rolfing through active movement and thereby, also learn new movement patterns. Old habits that have a lasting effect on your well-being will be gradually eliminated.
This really depends on your personal goals. If you'd like to release tension in a specific area of your body for a temporary amount of time, 1 to 3 sessions will suffice. However, if you'd like to experience lasting change in your overall wellbeing, the European Rolfing Association e.V. recommends the classic 10-session series developed by Dr. Ida Rolf in which each session builds upon the progress achieved in the previous one to get you back to being your best self.
Rolfing is not suitable for certain conditions including inflammations and tumours. In these cases, we strongly recommend consulting with your General Practitioner before proceeding with a session. In other cases, if you are unsure, please consult with your General Practitioner before starting a session or talk to us if you need more information.
Gain deeper insight into the world of embodied counselling.
Embodied Counselling is a modality and process which helps us develop a deeper understanding and sense of trust in our own organic nature.
The practice takes into the account the person as a whole being - understanding that through the process of integration of our conflicting needs, feelings, emotions, beliefs, and actions, we can start to reconnect with who we truly are and with what we truly need.
Embodied Counselling can help people of all ages, and with the most varied needs. If you're interested in improving your mind-body-emotions connection, increase your general well being, expand your body awareness and possibilities of expression or seek a deeper understanding into your emotions, Embodied Counselling is for you.
You are welcomed into each session with a practice of mindfulness which will help us slow down, tune in and be present in that very moment.
We will then establish the goals which you'd like to work on. This could range from physical tension, emotional responses or a pattern of behaviour you've seen come up in your life. The practitioner may ask you to stand, breathe deeply, take few steps, or pay attention to a prompt or exercise.
The session continues using tools such as breath, contemplation, gestures, movement and noticing tension. We will begin to observe and deepen our understanding of how the present experience is organised, our beliefs around it and our physical and emotional response. You will be guided gently through the process where you can notice, understand and learn about your responses in a safe and organic manner.
We recommend a minimum of 3 to 5 sessions to truly experience change and feel the benefits. Each session builds upon the progress achieved in the previous one and with each client, the progress may vary. Ultimately, this depends on your goals and the number of sessions required to reach the established goals and long-term benefits varies from person to person.
Embodied Counselling is not psychological or medical treatment. If you are experiencing extreme anxiety, depression or severe trauma, please talk to your general practitioner or psychologist about seeking the right help for what you're going through.