Jeffrey Maitland, Ph.D.
Certified Advanced Rolfer® and Advanced Instructor,
is one of seven Advanced Rolfing® instructors who teaches
Rolfers and other healthcare professionals in the United States,
Europe and Brazil.
He was Faculty Chairman and Director of Academic Affairs
for the International Rolf Institute. Dr. Maitland is also
a Board Certified Diplomate in The American Academy of Pain
Management and a Philosophical Counselor.
He was a member of the Council of the National Certification
Program which helped to establish standards in somatic education
and massage therapy by creating a national certification exam.
In an effort to promote professionalism and to help evolve
appropriately the growing field of Massage/Bodywork, Dr. Maitland
helped to found with five other national leaders The
Federation of Massage, Bodywork, and Somatic Practice Organizations.
Dr. Maitland was also a consultant and practitioner in the
Team Managed Center for Pain Rehabilitation, which he helped
to create and develop, at NovaCare's Meridian Point Rehabilitation
Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Internationally known as an author, instructor, innovator,
and expert in soft tissue manipulation, his advice is often
sought by other professionals. Dr. Maitland has developed
a new soft tissue approach for spinal manipulation. In collaboration
with other Advanced Rolfing instructors he has been responsible
for introducing this approach to the joints into the Rolfing
Also in collaboration with other teachers he created a principle-centered
decision making process that freed Rolfing from all formulistic
recipes and protocols thereby allowing the work of Rolfing
to attend to the unique differences among individuals. He
has also helped to evolve Rolfing into a gentler and more
discriminating style of fascial manipulation.
Dr. Maitland teaches workshops and classes in myofascial manipulation to physical therapists and other health care professionals. Because of his background in value theory and his commitment to enhancing the lives of others, he served as a consultant to the Phoenix General Hospital Ethics Committee.
Dr. Maitland's Rolfing career began in 1979. In order to become certified as an Advanced Rolfer and Rolfing Instructor, he has received over 5,000 hours of training. He maintains his private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Prior to becoming a Rolfer, Dr. Maitland was a professor of philosophy at Purdue University for 13 years. After experiencing the dramatic results of being Rolfed for a debilitating back problem, he gave up his tenured position to pursue a career in Rolfing.
Dr. Maitland has published and presented many papers on the
theory of somatic manual therapy, philosophy, and Rolfing.
His articles and book reviews are published in numerous professional
journals. He is also the author of two books, Spacious
Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology (North Atlantic
Books, 1995) and Spinal
Manipulation Made Simple: A Manual of Soft Tissue Techniques
(North Atlantic Books, 2001) He is presently writing a book
on the biology of freedom and transformation. The study includes
a philosophy and science of living wholes which, in turn,
provides the foundation for any holistic medicine and the
principles of its practice.
Because he is known for getting quick results and enhancing
performance, Dr. Maitland has worked with many professionals
who depend on their bodies: dancers, musicians, baseball players,
football players, golfers, and NBA super stars.