Hello I’m Craig Mollins and I ‘brought together’ MIPAWORK from the trainings I’ve received and my experience of practicing over many years. I was inspired to share some of my education and experience as a Rolf Structural Integration practitioner, meditator, somatic enthusiast, and general student of life.
I graduated from the Guild for Structural Integration in 1995 and have been practicing and helping people recover a more balanced and relaxed body ever since. I’ve worked in a variety of countries including Canada, USA, Spain, Germany, India, Nepal, Thailand, Brazil, and Mexico. I’ve taught workshops for manual therapists for over 8 years in Canada and Spain.
I’m also a health and wellness coach, life coach, and artist. I make abstract paintings that express energy, movement and color. I love to dance and sing, spend time with friends and community, and being in nature is a great joy for me.
Originally from Halifax, after traveling the world for 18 years I recently settled in Vancouver.
MIPAWORK is Different From Structural Integration
While some will feel it convenient to equate MIPAWORK with Structural Integration, there are several major reasons that they are different.
- Structural Integration is traditionally taught in a much more extensive format, and includes a more extensive theoretical framework, a much wider array of techniques, and more depth of process, to mention but a few of the elements present in a Structural Integration training but not included in briefer MIPAWORK training.
- The Structural Integration 10 sessions is less a map and list of areas to work, and more of an approach to work with integrating the body. The MIPAWORK protocol is more of a map, and has a somewhat ‘paint by numbers’ approach. The MIPAWORK protocol emphasis is on ensuring that the entire body is worked well.
- MIPAWORK places a very high degree of importance on the elements of mindfulness and practitioner body mechanics, which Structural Integration does not necessarily focus on. In addition, the theory of MIPAWORK presents the view of the consciousness of all of the tissues of the body, and that this consciousness is the actual source of how the work achieves its results.
A parallel comparison and situation can be found in craniosacral therapy, which, while it emerged from the osteopathic traditions and contains some elements of osteopathy, it is by no means osteopathy in and of itself. Also craniosacral Therapy focuses on elements that may be less emphasized or not emphasized at all in traditional osteopathic training, and vica-versa. Nevertheless both craiosacral therapy, and MIPAWORK, are standalone traditions that offer a wealth of benefits to both clients and practitioners.