To Boulder and beyond

From school kitchen to practioner's couch: Desna Emslie swapped her career as a school catering assistant and re-trained as a Rolf practioner.
From school kitchen to practioner's couch: Desna Emslie swapped her career as a school catering assistant and re-trained as a Rolf practioner.

A FETTERNEAR woman has swapped the kitchen for the couch, leaving behind her job as a primary school catering assistant to become a certified Rolf Therapy practitioner.

Desna Emslie (48) has recently returned from Boulder, Colorado where she spent a year training and qualifying to practice Structural Integration (Rolfing), a form of deep tissue bodywork. Rolfing aims to bring key areas of the body, like the head, neck, pelvis, legs and feet, into alignment and can even play a part in alleviating sports injuries, repetitive strain injury and back problems. Secondary benefits can include improved breathing capacity, posture and even weight loss.

A chance meeting with a Rolfing practitioner at an Aberdeen health fair led Desna to try a session and after just one appointment she instantly felt her neck pain and stress levels lessen. “I decided to have more sessions and with each appointment I could feel my aches and pains getting less uncomfortable and at the same time my energy levels improving,” she explained. I continued to complete the Basic Ten Series – ten tailored sessions, each working on a different area of the body until the body’s structure is ‘integrated’ – and at that point felt amazing.”

Desna decided to take a chance and start the journey to becoming a certified Rolf Therapy practitioner. After extensive research she discovered that the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, USA, was one of the best places to study.

Desna cites the pilgrimage to the states as a journey of self-discovery and personal achievement. She said: “The whole experience has taken me far beyond my comfort zone and I feel I have become a better and stronger person because of it. There were some hard times along the way, but I always felt I was doing the right thing. I would encourage anybody thinking of changing their careers, as clichéd as it sounds, to follow their hearts and go for it.”

For more information about Rolfing, visit www.rolfaberdeen.co.uk or call (01467) 651401.