RolfingWorks - Rediscover the vitality of life through movement

'You don't have to feel bad to feel better!'

Although modern manual therapies are highly successful in treating a huge range of physical problems and painful conditions, they can also enrich the life of those who are not suffering significant problems - giving a sense of ease, poise, effortlessness and even joy in movement.

John Smith is an experienced practitioner, trained in a diverse range of therapies that can address your unique needs:

Rolfing® Structural Integration, KMI

Rolfing® is a scientifically validated system of soft-tissue manipulation and postural education. It offers a unique way of improving your postural alignment, giving you more freedom of movement, and dealing with the nagging pains that so often arise from poor posture and and overused muscles. Traditionally it consists of about 10 sessions of work, each taking 60-90 minutes. Practitioners often take before/after photos of their clients to document the postural improvements as they evolve. John is a Certified Advanced Rolfing practitioner and a certified teacher of Rolfing Movement Integration. More recently he has become a KMI practitioner - a style of structural integration taught in Tom Myers' KMI school.

The Feldenkrais® Method

The Feldenkrais® Method is an educational approach to improving movement, posture and breathing. It works with your habits of tension and movement and offers new options. It aims to promote free, elegant and painfree movement by helping people discover their old, inefficient and often tense muscular patterns and offering newer options for being.


Trager® work is one of the most effective means of achieving deep relaxation. It consists of gentle rocking and stretching, and most clients find it more relaxing than massage. Great for stress relief.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral therapy consists of very subtle work with the cranial rhythm. It was popularised by the osteopath, John Upledger, whose institute now teaches this therapy internationally. It has found to be useful for a huge range of conditions including migraine, TMJ problems, endogenous depression and unresolved physical traumas such as whiplash.


This is an approach to bodywork informed by the principles of the deep, subtle movement work of Emilie Conrad - Continuum.


Health Fund Rebates - Student and pensioner discounts are available, and since I am registered with the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS provider number 9242) you can obtain significant rebates from most health funds.




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John Smith - manual and movement therapist

John Smith - manual therapistJohn is active within the Somatic community, lecturing, assisting at trainings and occasionally presenting at conferences:


John has taught at NatureCare College, Sydney, (Living Anatomy), various TAFE colleges around Sydney, Cumberland College, Sydney University School of Health Science, The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (Boulder, CO), WSEIT school of physiotherapy (Poznan, Poland) and The School of Bodyworks (Singapore). He has been the anatomy teacher for the Australian Rolfing Association and teaches weekend workshops in myofascial techniques and the structural bodywork approach.

Assisting at trainings

As part of the Australian Rolfing faculty, John taught and assisted at various Rolfing trainings, in Australia and the USA.

Conference Presentations:

John has been asked to speak at many conferences about his work: 

The 2nd Australasian Feldenkrais Conference (Sydney, 1999) — ‘Structural and Functional Approaches—Rolf and Feldenkrais’
The annual conference of Association of Remedial Massage (Sydney, 2000)—‘Rolfing as a Wholistic Paradigm’
The BodyWisdom Conference (New Zealand Hellerwork Association, Coromandel, NZ, 2000)—‘Structural and Functional Approaches—Rolf, Feldenkrais and Trager’.
AAMT conference, Canberra (2005) 'Rolfing and RSI'

The Inaugural Conference of the International Association of Structural Integrators, Seattle USA, October 2005 -- 'Letting it happen-Fascial Oscillations'

John's book, Structural Bodywork: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners is available now - for the somatic professional.