Bethany Ward


Bethany Ward is a member of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration faculty and a Lead Instructor for She is recent past-president of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation and assisted in the development of the first three International Fascia Research Congresses and creation of the Fascia Research Society. She has a keen interest in evidence-based research, structural transformation, and teaching.

With a background in psychology and a master’s degree in business, Bethany brings an unusal perspective to the bodywork profession. As a teacher, she is adept at making complex ideas understandable, relevant, and accessible to a variety of learning styles.

Bethany’s articles on the practical implications of fascia research have been published in Massage and Bodywork Magazine, the Structural Integration Journal, the International Association of Structural Integration Yearbook, Massage Magazine, and Endurance magazine, among others. She speaks on a wide range of topics from bodywork, to business, to science. Recent plenary addresses include, “Creating a Thriving Practice: One that’s easier, more fun, and self-sustaining!” and “Fascia Research: Implications and Inspiration for Manual Therapists.”

Bethany teaches internationally about three months of the year. When home, she maintains a full-time private practice (ActionPotential, Inc.) in Durham, North Carolina, USA.

“Biomechanics Embodied”

Did you ever want to understand gait better? When you explore walking movements and relationships in your own body, you don’t have to memorize biomechanical principles — you can feel them in your gait.


In this experiential workshop, we’ll take walking apart and put it back together. We’ll look at what makes bipedal movement possible, what often goes awry, and practice re-education techniques that we can use to help clients (and ourselves!) walk with greater ease and physical benefit.

Walking well is a lot like living well. Both require us to maintain a fluctuating balance between support and freedom, between going somewhere and not losing ourselves in the process. If we pay attention, our gait can provide insight into other tendencies in our “walk through life.”