Dancing with Gravity
Published in Somatic Psychotherapy Today; Winter 2016, Vol. 6 No. 1
This article describes the use of the Tuning Board as a psychokinesthetic tool for getting clients
more fully into their bodies. Concepts include vertical integration, vertical embodiment resources,
kinesthetic resonance, and creative transformation.
Dancing with Gravity: Using the Tuning Board to
Promote Vertical Embodiment Resources and Vertical Integration
(by Darrell Sanchez, Ph.D. and Vivian Gettliffe, C.R.)
Published in the 2016 Yearbook of the International Association of Structural Integrators
From the Abstract: "The Tuning Board is a somatic tool that encourages vertical integration and resourcing using a subtle, yet
potent, balancing task. It can enhance Structural Integration by supporting improved alignment and somatic
awareness, thereby increasing the client’s capacity to use his or her own body as a primary resource,
and positively impacting psychological aspects of well-being. Vertical integration, verticality, and vertical
embodiment resources are explored in relation to psychological aspects of experience. Tuning Board history,
methodology, and means of impact are presented. Research is cited describing the value of standing
on an unstable surface, along with preliminary research and case descriptions specifically relating to the
Elegance: The Paradox of Embodiment
In the 2012 Yearbook of Structural Integration, published by the International Association of Structural
Integrators, Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Spring 2012.
Reflections on Creativity in the Context of Structural Integration
In the 2011 Yearbook of Structural Integration, published by the International Association of Structural
Integrators, Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Spring 2011.
Through the Lens of Experience: Mentoring on Trans-structural Experiences
In Structural Integration: the Journal of the Rolf Institute, Boulder, Colorado; December 2010.
includes Darrell's perspective on mentoring, as well as a discussion which touches on transformative effects
of Rolfing SI which go beyond the structural. The "Trans-structural Experiences Survey" referred to in the
article is described in A Student's Project: Survey of Trans-structural Experiences
in Phase II," written by
Vivian Gettliffe and appearing in the same issue.
Treating Whiplash: General Preliminary Considerations
In Structural Integration: the Journal of the Rolf Institute®, Boulder, Colorado; June 2005.
The Tuning Board
Das Tuning Board (German Translation)
In Structural Integration: the Journal of the Rolf Institute®, Boulder, Colorado; June 2004.
This article describes the use of the Tuning Board, a balancing device developed by Darrell which has been
widely used, not only to enhance the flow of movement and to aid in repatterning, but also as a non-verbal
therapy tool in the transformation of trauma.
Creativity, Art and Rolfing®
In Rolf Lines: the Journal of the Rolf Institute®, Boulder, Colorado; Winter 1999. Here Darrell
explores the blending of art and science in the creative practice of Rolfing SI.
Mnemonic Body: Partner for Life
In Rolf Lines: the Journal of the Rolf Institute, Winter 1997. A brief exploration of how memory is
stored in the body.
As an Advanced Rolfer, Darrell has been serving Boulder and Boulder County, Denver and Denver County through
his Rolfing SI and Trauma Transformation practice since 1986. For more information about Rolfing structural
integration explore this website,
or contact Darrell for a free consultation.