Grant Ernhart, certified Rolfer
providing Rolfing and Therapeutic massage to the Minneapolis and St.Paul Metro Area
While steeped in the traditional Rolfing 10-series methodology as taught at the Rolf Institute, Grant also sees value in looking beyond the bio-mechanical model when working with his clients to address their issues. Grant incorporates a wide range of touch styles, from light skin work down to a more traditional heavy pressure often associated with Rolfing. In light of recent research which has begun to show that it may not be possible to manipulate another person's fascial tissue through stretching or pressure as once was thought, Grant addresses postural and pain issues through teaching about ideas regarding the Biopsychosocial model of pain. This model helps explain the role of the nervous system in our perception and proliferation of chronic pain and by understanding these concepts better clients can begin to forge a different relationship to their pain. Grant also utilizes concepts regarding body-maps and the roles that they play in facilitating or hindering movement as well as moderating chronic pain. Touch is the primary tool that is employed in helping clients move away from feeling like a collection of parts and pieces and toward a feeling of awareness, ease and integration.
Grant realized early on in his career that working with people to ease their pains and foster a deeper felt sense and greater comfort was a skill requiring many tools and that it would require a commitment to continued learning. Over the last few years he has studied with advanced Rolfers, taken classes to understand the mechanisms behind chronic pain, movement classes, Crainial Sacral and most recently DermoNeuroModulation. He has found that the Biopsychosocial model of pain as taught by many leading chronic pain researches makes the most sense to him. Grant incorporates many tenets of the Biopsychosocial model of chronic pain into his Rolfing practice.