Faculty and Staff
Director, Lead Instructor
Til Luchau is a lead instructor and the Director of Advanced-Trainings.com. With a diverse background that includes manual therapy, somatic psychology, transformative education, as well as organizational and leadership development, Til's ability to connect interdisciplinary, big-picture ideas to practical, real-world applications has made his talks, trainings, and events popular worldwide.
As a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Til was on the faculty of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® for 20 years, where he served as Coordinator and Faculty Chair of the Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program, and where in the early 1990's he originated Skillful Touch Bodywork (the Rolf Institute's training and practice modality). The author of the Advanced Myofascial Techniques textbook series (which has been translated into 6 languages), his regular Myofascial Techniques and Somatic Edge columns have been featured in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009. Additionally, his articles have been published in numerous magazines and peer-reviewed professional journals in Australia, Canada, Poland, the UK, and the USA.
Formerly a resident practitioner at the Esalen Institute, Chair of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®'s Teacher Training Committee, and Adjunct Faculty member of Naropa University's Somatic Psychology Department, he has trained thousands of practitioners in his popular courses at schools and centers in over twenty countries spread across six continents. A 2015 inductee into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, and in 2018 named Massage Magazine's "first Massage All-Star," his private practice is based in the Boulder, Colorado area, and includes manual therapy, as well as online consulting and coaching related to personal well-being, business development, and professional supervision with practitioners and teachers from around the world. Contact him here.
Larry Koliha is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, an instructor in the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®'s Rolfing Structural Integration program, is Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and is a Lead Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. His extremely clear, knowledgeable, and good-natured teaching style consistently delights his students. Having a talent for seeing how parts work together, Larry formerly worked in the field of mechanical analysis; combined with his emphases on sustainable body use, sensitive touch, and appropriate pacing, Larry brings a wealth of experience to his courses. Larry practices in the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina. Contact him here.
Bethany Ward is an Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series; faculty in the Rolfing® and Rolf Movement® departments at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration; and past-president of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation. Her articles on the practical implications of fascial research have been published in the Structural Integration Journal, the International Association of Structural Integration Yearbook, Massage Magazine, and elsewhere. As an instructor, Bethany is adept at making complex ideas understandable, relevant, and accessible to a wide variety of learning styles. Bethany's full-time private practice (ActionPotential, Inc.) is based in Durham, NC. Contact her here.
Chris Pohowsky is a Certified Rolfer™, and is an Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Chris is passionate about competitive cycling, running, climbing, kayaking and yoga; his outdoor athletic pursuits go hand in hand with a strong interest in personal well-being and injury prevention. Chris' particular talent lies in fostering a cooperative, enjoyable, and focused learning environment in his seminars, and he takes pride in offering workshop participants a solid foundational experience from which to develop their own work. Chris has a full-time private practice in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is on the faculty of Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga. Contact him here.
Bruce Nelson is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Berry Method® Practitioner, a Reiki Master, is Level II Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and is an Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Bruce is known for a keen focus on overall wellness, and for his clear, compassionate, and community-minded teaching style. As a person, practitioner and teacher, he describes himself as a "holistic adventure-seeking student of the world." He has been a participant, fundraiser, and coach with Leukemia Lymphoma Society since 2003. He lives and practices in the greater Anchorage, Alaska area. Contact him here.
Laureen Sutton is Level II Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques (CAMT II), and is an Instructor-in-Training for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. She is also co-director of the Ashland Institute of Massage (AIM), where she teaches science and hands-on courses. Laureen has also been a homebirth midwife and childbirth educator. Laureen combines clarity of presentation with a relaxed and engaging teaching style in the classroom. She lives and practices (specializing in work with elderly clients) near Ashland, Oregon. Contact her here.
Bibiana Badenes is an influential somatic educator from Benicassim, Spain, where she oversees an innovative body-mind rehabilitation program for rheumatoid arthritis patients; directs the BodyWisdom series of conferences; and is the head of Kinesis, a somatic therapy clinic. She has completed training in NLP, Mindfulness, Experiential Anatomy and EFC Somatic Coaching. She teaches at the University of Valencia (Spain) in the Master of Physiotherapy in Functional Recovery and Therapeutic Exercise (MORF). She is part of the board of directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Trained as both a Physical Therapist and a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Bibiana is an inspiring teacher with an unparalleled skillset.
Bibiana was a featured instructor on the 2018 'Somatic Pilgrimage' on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She is a special guest instructor on Advanced-Trainings.com's 2020 Thailand Retreat. Watch a short video about Bibiana's work here; visit her website here. Contact her here.
Dr. Ekta Bhatia is a Physical Therapist in private practice in Mumbai, India, and a special-needs children’s therapy consultant for Indian schools, care institutions, and NGOs. Ekta is also the founder of the Indian School of Structural Medicine (ISSM) which trains teachers, therapists, parents, and caregivers in rural India. ISSM's ‘Global Outreach’ project involved manual therapists from seven countries who trained and empowered parents of 3,800 children in over 28 villages in a span of 10 days.
As our Southern Asia Service Project Ambassador, Ekta continues to share info about her outreach and aid projects at our retreats and events.
Günther Bisges works as a Feldenkrais Practitioner with a private practice in London, UK and assists in Feldenkrais Trainings in Europe and the US. He has published several articles on the Feldenkrais Method in medical journals and a series of ATM's (Awareness through Movement Lessons) on CD for the German retail market. He created and presented a series of ATM's for German TV and an Introduction on the Feldenkrais Method for N-TV in Germany. Günther also works as a guest teacher for the Performing Arts Academies in Munich, Hong-Kong, the Royal Dramaten Stockholm and the Laban Centre, London.
Günther was a special guest instructor on Advanced-Trainings.com's 2017 Mindfulness and Manual Therapy retreat, and on the 2018 'Somatic Pilgrimage' on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Visit his website here. Contact him here.
Wojtek Cackowski has been practicing manual and yoga therapy for the last ten years, combining it with myofascial therapy in the water. Happy father of two children, Wojtek lives and practices in Poland in a medical spa where he has built a team of therapists who are using ATSI and zoga combined with physiotherapy. He has been fascinated with fascial anatomy exploring spatial tissue relationships on cadavers, using ultrasound and analysing movement what has been a base of developing ZOGA MOVEMENT PROJECT. For more info about Wojtek, go here.
Loretta Carridan Luchau
Loretta Carridan Luchau MA LPCC NCC RMT, besides her occasional administrative work here at Advanced-Trainings.com, has over 30 years experience practicing and teaching body-centered therapies with clients and students of all ages. She has taught in the USA, Europe, and in Asia, and for some years was a faculty member at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Her background includes numerous forms of bodywork and body-centered psychotherapies (Hakomi Integrative Somatics, Integrative Body Psychotherapies, Gestalt, DBT, etc.).
She is an Approved Provider for Advanced-Trainings.com's Advanced Myofascial Techniques Certification Program, and holds degrees in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology from Naropa University and in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Loretta is a special guest instructor on Advanced-Trainings.com's 2020 Thailand Retreat. Visit her website here, or contact her here.
Art Riggs is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and massage therapist who has been teaching bodywork since 1988. He has conducted numerous workshops for health spas and medical professionals in addition to assisting in Rolf Institute trainings. A committed, high-level athlete and previous ultra-marathon participant, Art has worked with Olympic athletes, professional football and basketball players, and professional dancers and musicians. Currently, his teaching and the practice of working with the general population to provide body-awareness and ease in everyday living, remain the most gratifying aspect of his work.
Art is the author of the popular DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE DVDs and manual, and as a long-time friend of Advanced-Trainings, was a featured guest instructor at the 2011 Myofascial Retreat in Costa Rica. Visit his website here, or contact him here.
Carmen Rivera is a candidate for Certification in Advanced Myofascial Techniques (CAMT I). Carmen was born in Puerto Rico and studied history in Madrid, Spain. A Massage Therapist for 25 years, she is the founder of Puerto Rico Massage & Bodywork Institute, and has pursued Healing and Shamanic studies for over 20 years. Carmen was a special guest instructor on Advanced-Trainings.com's 2018 'Somatic Pilgrimage' on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, on our 2020 Thailand Breathing and Bodywork Retreat, as well as being a popular discussion group leader in for the live-online Principles series of Advanced Myofascial Techniques courses. She lives, practices, and teaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Contact her here.