Lael Katharine Keen has been an ardent student of human movement throughout her life. She started her studies with the practice of Aikido when she was 17 years old, and continues practicing and teaching Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to this day.
As an Instructor of Rolfing® and Rolf Movement® for the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute and the Brazilian Rolfing® Association, she has taught Rolfing at the beginning and advanced level in Brazil, the U.S., Japan, and Europe. As one of the founding members of the Brazilian Rolfing Association, she was part of the development of the Brazilian double certification in Rolfing that integrates Rolf Movement with structural Rolfing.
She is an instructor of Somatic Experiencing® for the Somatic Experiencing® International Institute and the Brazilian Trauma Association, which she co-founded. She has practiced and taught Somatic Experiencing, a body-based approach to healing post-traumatic stress, worldwide for almost 25 years.
Lael also holds certification as a Bates Method of vision educator and is an Anthroposophic art therapist. She is a member of Aurora ABTAA (Associação Brasileira de Terapeutas Artísticas).
Lael’s experience is that our daily movement — the movement that creates and recreates the body that we live in — flows from who we believe ourselves to be and how we perceive the world. Therefore, changing our movement patterns also involves touching these other dimensions. How we transform ourselves and the world around us is intricately connected with becoming conscious of and transforming the way that we move.