Village Rolfing was established in 1998 by the late Dr. R. Louis Schultz and Marcelo Coutinho, two Rolfers with the shared philosophy that the continuous pliability of the fasciae system is the foundation for efficient patterns of movement, which ultimately leads to the body’s wellbeing.
Life forces such as gravity, stress, repetitive movement, and injuries turn the body’s natural fluid fascia into a dense and restricted tissue, pulling the body into patterns of compression and reducing our range of motion. Standing, sitting, walking, working, and playing…We all want our bodies to be flexible, limber, upright, and full of vitality. Our focus is to lengthen and loosen your body’s fascia, your connective tissue, because it is the fluidity of our fascial layers - not the muscle system itself- that allow for the possibility of a free and easy way of moving.
Village Rolfing is located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, adjacent from Jackson Square Park at 13th Street and 8th Avenue. We are close to most subway lines. Appointments must be made in advance either by phone or by email.
Advanced Certified Rolfer® & Rolfing Movement® Practitioner
Marcelo Coutinho is an Advanced Certified Rolfer® and Rolf Movement® Practitioner, with a Physical Education degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has an extensive background as a neuromuscular educator, as well as in professional dance and competitive swimming.
After training under Dr. Schulz in the early 1990s, he went on to complete his Rolfing certification at the Rolf Institute in Brazil with Jan Sultan, Monica Caspari, Cornelia Rossi, Pedro Prado and Claudia Cunha, at the Rolf Institute in Germany with Robert Schleip, Peter Schwind, Hans Georg Brecklinghaus and Tine Knabe, at the Rolf Institute in Switzerland with Hubert Godard and France Hatt-Arnold, and at the Rolf Institute in the United States with Jim Asher.
Marcelo has also studied Cranial-Sacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute in the United States and has completed a number of significant continued education training and workshops* at the Guild of Structural Integration, The Rolf Institute, the IASI, The Barral Institute, and the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators among others.
Marcelo currently provides mentoring training for students of the Rolf Institute, and has taught Movement Analysis and Myofascial Technique workshops in the United States, Germany, and Brazil.
(*including studies in Spinal Mechanics; Visceral Manipulation; Healing Trauma; Releasing Scar Tissue; Four-handed Rolfing; Rolfing Movement; Perception, Touch & Movement Analysis.)T