Guild for
Structural Integration

Faculty, Staff & Board of Directors

GSI Faculty

Emmett Hutchins

Emmett began his studies with Dr. Rolf in 1965. Her influence, both personally and professionally have made a profound impact in his life…which he shares so beautifully with students and colleagues alike. Dr. Rolf and Emmett had a close relationship until her death in 1979.

In 1971, Emmett co-taught his first class in Structural Integration with Peter Melchior. They were Dr. Rolf’s first appointed Instructors and both have been integral in developing and teaching her work ever since.

Emmett’s talented hands and unique mastery of the work combined with his theoretical abilities, metaphysical studies and exceptional dedication puts him in a class of his own. His particular style in his practice and in the classroom is famous worldwide.

Neal Powers

Neal received his basic training and advanced training with Dr. Rolf starting in 1971 at Esalen. He become a member of the faculty of the Rolf Institute in 1980 and continues today as a teacher for the Guild of Structural Integration. Neal has a great ability to clearly deliver the principles and theories of the SI work, and with his amazing sense of humor, strong spiritual and family base, he has become a guiding light for many practitioners.

Neal is currently the President of the Guild and was the President of the Rolf Institute for six years. Neal has devoted his life to spreading the theory and practice of Dr. Rolf’s work to his many students around the world. He has taught in China, Taiwan, Japan, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and across the United States and Canada. Neal has a well-established private practice in San Francisco that he started in 1973.

Nilce Silveira

Nilce completed her Rolf training in 1983. She is based in São Paulo, Brazil where she earned her Degree in Psychology. Nilce became interested in SI when she saw its remarkable effects on the human psyche. She taught psychology and body awareness for the Rolf Institute following her graduation.

Nilce has been with the Guild since its beginning. She is a cherished member of the Guild’s faculty and a true artist practitioner. She brings her bilingual skills and intense love of the work to the classroom. Nilce was also instrumental in establishing Rolf trainings with influential teachers in her home country.

Having worked for many years alongside Dr. Rolf’s chosen teachers of Structural Integration, Nilce is now recognized as an expert in her own right. She remains committed to establishing Dr. Rolf’s work internationally, and in strengthening its position in today’s marketplace. Presently, she maintains a private practice in Sao Paulo and teaches internationally for the Guild in the United States and Japan. Through her workshops and mentorships at home and abroad, Nilce enriches the quality of work and depth of understanding of Structural Integration practitioners throughout the word.

Jeff Linn

Jeff is an Advanced Certified Structural Integration Practitioner, somatic practitioner and Massage Therapy Instructor who has practiced Structural Integration and bodywork for over 25 years. He began his studies in SI at the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego, with Dr. Edward Maupin, author of the widely used and respected text on structural integration, ‘A Dynamic Relation to Gravity.’ Jeff studied and taught with Dr Maupin from 1987 to 1994, and maintains a close friendship with his mentor. In 1994 he moved to Boulder to deepen his studies in Structural Integration and complete Advanced Training at the Guild. His twenty-one years of association and affiliation with the Guild have included extensive time studying and teaching with both Peter Melchior and Emmett Hutchins, and he has taught at several other bodywork schools as well. He also holds a certificate in Advanced Structural Integration from the Rolf Institute. A computer hobbyist, Jeff developed and supports the unique computerized structural assessment system used in our classrooms in Boulder and Kauai.

Jeff maintains a private practice in structural integration in Boulder, where he also enjoys walking, reading, yoga, meditation, and tai chi. As well as his numerous bodywork certifications, he holds certificates as a teacher of Hatha Yoga and Meditation from the Integral Yoga Institute. Jeff teaches the Guild’s pre-requisite course, and both basic and advanced trainings. His teaching and practice are informed by his wide background in bodywork, his long-standing contemplative practice, and his extensive study of the original classroom recordings of Dr. Rolf’s teachings.

Amber Leigh Burnham

Amber has been practicing therapeutic bodywork since 1995 after graduating from the Utah College of Massage Therapy (UCMT) Professional Program. In 1999, she also completed the Clinical Career Track and the Structural Integration Track at UCMT. She was fortunate to work with UCMT founder Norm Cohn, and Steven Padgen for her initial training in the 10 sessions of Structural Integration, and later with Andy Crow. In 1999, Cohn asked her to revise and teach UCMT’s movement class. Thus began her love of teaching – a love that has continued to the present.

Norm and Andy, both trained by Ida Rolf in the 1970’s, instilled in Amber a respect for the Guild for Structural Integration (GSI). She completed her Advanced Five Series training with Emmett Hutchins. In addition to her teaching at UCMT, she has gained extensive experience serving on the GSI faculty in Kauai, Hawaii, and Boulder Colorado.

Amber’s approach to Structural Integration comes from the basic principle that the human body is a self-healing organism.  When all the parts of the body fit together, move freely and are functioning properly, then health and well being become our natural state instead of pain and discomfort.

Whether she is helping someone with chronic pain or helping athletes increase their performance, this basic principle is the underlying foundation for all of her work.
Amber continually enjoys working the intelligence of Ida’s ten session system while keeping each individual’s goals and concerns in hand to create a unique experience.
When she is not practicing bodywork Amber enjoys laughing with family and friends, traveling, and spending time with her two pugs.

GSI Administrative Staff

Jerry Packer – Administrator


Amy Grier – Education Director

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GSI Board of Directors

*Wayne Hackett