Pedro Prado

Crossing Borders 2012 - 13 November 2012

Pedro Prado is a body-oriented psychotherapist, advanced Rolfing and Rolf Movement Instructor as well as Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in Brazil. As a teacher and practitioner he is internationally known. He shares his work and understandings of embodiment across these practices.


Born in Brazil, Pedro Prado graduated in clinical psychology in 1971 and worked in and taught body oriented psychotherapy, in a neo-Reichian somatic approach. In 1981, he became the first Certified Rolfer from Brazil and brought the practice to Latin America. He was a founding member of Brazil’s regional Rolfing association, Associação Brasileira de Rolfing (ABR), and a member of the Advanced and Movement Faculties of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration.

With his background as a clinical psychologist and previous experience as a professor of Somatic Psychology at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Pedro's special contributions to Structural Integration (SI) have centred on movement and the behavioural dimensions of the work. He has also developed extensive clinical and teaching protocols to both track and evaluate SI process outcomes, and to enhance awareness of the psychobiological perspective.

Since 1998, Pedro has been a practitioner of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE), following his inquiries into the somatic dimension of the psyche. He incorporated SE into his practice, and eventually became an instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Pedro developed a method called Structural Stretches that draws upon the principles and wisdom of both SI and SE. Pedro currently runs his private practice and teaches for both institutions, as well as gaining his PhD in Psychosomatics in 2006.