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Bethany Michelle WARD

Bethany Michelle WARD


With a background in psychology and a master’s degree in business, Bethany brings an unusual perspective to the bodywork profession. She is fascinated with systems theory and its application in structural and personal transformation. She splits her time between teaching, writing, and private practice.

Bethany is a faculty member of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration, as well as a Lead Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com. As a teacher, she is adept at making complex ideas understandable, relevant and accessible to a variety of learning styles.

A past-president of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation, Bethany assisted in the development of the first three International Fascia Research Congresses and creation of the Fascia Research Society. Her keen interest in evidence-based research shows up in her writing and speaking.

Bethany’s articles on the practical implications of fascia research have been published in Massage and Bodywork Magazine, the Structural Integration Journal, the International Association of Structural Integration Yearbook, Massage Magazine, and Endurance magazine, among others. She speaks on a wide range of topics from bodywork, to business, to science. Recent plenary addresses include, “Creating a Thriving Practice: One that’s easier, more fun, and self-sustaining!” and “Fascia Research: Implications and Inspiration for Manual Therapists.” She is slated to speak at the International BodyWisdom Spain Congress in 2018.

Bethany teaches internationally about three months of the year. When home, she maintains a full-time private practice (ActionPotential, Inc.) with her husband and fellow Rolfing instructor, Larry Koliha, in Durham, North Carolina, USA.

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  • Reconnect: Bodywork to integrate body, mind and behavior

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