Love: a word that seemed to re-occur frequently in my interview with Craig Dunham, a 2007 graduate from the Guild for Structural Integration. Living and practicing in Santa Monica, CA, Craig's dynamic personality and enthusiastic support for the Guild was omnipresent during our Skype chat. When asked to describe his experience in the Guild classroom, he responded, "I felt love, as if I became part of a family."
How did you become involved with the Guild?
Craig moved from New York City to California in 2003 with his then girlfriend (now wife) where he set up shop working as a Licensed Massage Therapist. After settling into his new West Coast home, he enrolled in a shiatsu program. During the 6 month program a fellow student recommended The Guild with four little words, "Emmett Hutchins, Structural Integration." The advice stuck and a couple of years later he picked up the phone and called The Guild. The rest was history.
In 2006, Craig began his Auditing phase with David Davis and continued his studies Practitioning with Neal Powers. In 2008, Craig and his wife flew to Kauai to meet Emmett himself. In Hawaii, Craig had the opportunity to receive the Recipe's Back Work from Emmett in a class demonstration (Emmett was teaching a Basic class at the time). Craig furthers his knowledge of the Rolf Method by taking additional continuing education with the Guild. He took the Advanced Series in 2012 and recently traveled to Kauai to get work directly from Emmett.
Tell me about the evolution of your practice?
After graduating in 2007, Craig traveled internationally and has had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of athletes and lay people. He has been practicing for nine years and now looks forward to spending more time in Southern California. For the future, he plans to generate momentum and build his practice locally.
How has learning the Rolf Method changed your own life?
Craig noted the interaction between the practice and the personal effect of the Rolf Method. “It has given me a career I thoroughly enjoy,” he explained, adding, “it has helped me to grow as a person. It challenges me daily, yet I have learned to trust myself and trust The Recipe.”
Physically, he noted that when he first underwent the Series himself, "In the fifth hour I found my legs. It was the first time I had ever felt my legs flow straight down through my pelvis. That was just the beginning of many changes to come."
What was your most profound moment with a client?
Craig notes that when he talks with his own clients he always explains, "The journey is your journey. I can empathize with them because I too am on my journey and at this moment, we have chosen the same path." He remembered how one time, when a client came back for his next session he exclaimed, "I'm flying. My feet are firmly on the ground, but you've given me a sense of flight."
What is one word that you would use to describe your experience with the 10 Series?
"Growth," he responded. "Emotionally and physically. Physically, I learned to listen to my body, to find my Line or should I say, finding my Line. To accept the earth and let my weight flow into it. Emotionally, it was the key to uncovering and unlocking my body. It gave me maturity."
Any closing remarks?
Craig paused, thinking about the answer for a few moments. "I just want to express my extreme thankfulness for a craft I can practice until the day I die. I'm thankful for the opportunity to explore this work and to share it with others. And I'm thankful to be a part of The Guild." And here, the word " Love" came up again. "It is an amazing process, challenge, and opportunity. The Recipe. I love it.”
To contact Craig:
Call or Text: 310-930-1512