Katie Getchell is a Practitioner of Ida Rolf's Structural Integration (also known as Rolfing™). She completed her training at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. She has been in practice continuously since 2001, with offices in Chico, California and Crestone, Colorado. Her continuing education studies in Structural Integration include intensives with Neal Powers, David Davis, and other senior teachers trained directly by Dr Ida Rolf.
The foundation of her manual therapy work with clients is Dr. Rolf's Ten-Series, a process whose goal is to progressively free from restrictions, balance and align the fascial network, or connective tissue layers, enveloping and supporting all the organs, musculature, nerve beds, bones - indeed the entire human structure. Through the ten sessions, the client is able to deepen awareness of held tension and trauma, postural habits and patterns of use impeding mobility and function. Katie also works with clients on an individual session basis, with 3-series, 5-series, and in personalized formats combining Structural Integration with restorative, corrective and natural movement instruction.
Katie has been a certified massage therapist since 2000, receiving 630 hours of training at the Crestone Healing Arts Center. Clients find benefits from the strong influence of the reflexology, shiatsu and jin shin do instruction that are emphasized at that massage school.
Currently enrolled in the second year of the Biomechanics and Restorative Exercise certification program with Katy Bowman, Katie emphasizes the integration of active movement practices in her work with clients. She became a certified MovNat Trainer in 2016 to deepen her coaching skills, and is committed to teaching safe, effective progressions to functional movement in a variety of settings. She also credits Esther Gokhale's work with significantly enhancing her practice, and clarifying her understanding of spinal health and natural human posture.
Katie's focus is on helping clients and students gain ease, balance, confidence and an introceptive (guided by the individual's own body experience, as opposed to external standards) movement life. She works closely with them to explore and transform patterns of pain and dysfunction through Structural Integration and other manual therapy, alignment cues, visualization, natural movement practice, restorative exercise, dance and yoga.