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Once You are a Rolfer™
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Note: Tuition, fees, class dates/times, class location and faculty are all subject to change. The Rolf Institute attempts to give as much advance notice as possible of any changes.



Boulder, CO USA

To register for Rolf Institute classes, please contact us at 303-449-5903.

Phase I: Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration


CLASS MEETS: Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 6 PM

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  May 4 – June 15, 2015
  UA2.15
  Adam Mentzell
  June 15, 2015
  September 7 – October 19, 2015
  UA3.15
  Michael Polon & Meg Maurer
  October 19, 2015
  January 25 – March 7, 2016
  UA1.16
  Adam Mentzell
  March 7, 2016
  April 11 – May 23, 2016
  UA2.15
  Adam Mentzell
  May 23, 2016
  August 29 – October 10, 2016
  UA3.16
  Meg Maurer
  October 10, 2016

Phase I: Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration


CLASS MEETS: Sunday afternoon-Friday/Monday-Friday/Monday from 8:30 AM - 6 PM

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  July 19 – August 3, 2015
  UAF1.15
  Michael Polon
  August 3, 2015
  July 10 – July 25, 2016
  UAF1.16
  Michael Polon
  July 25, 2016

Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement Integration


CLASS MEETS: Monday-Friday first week; Monday-Thursday following weeks from 8:30 AM - 6 PM

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  May 25 – July 16, 2015
  UB2.15
  Bethany Ward & Larry Koliha
  Jane Harrington
  April 24, 2015
  August 10 – October 1, 2015
  UB3.15
  Thomas Walker
  Rebecca Carli
  July 10, 2015
  October 19 – December 17, 2015
  UB4.15
  Libby Eason & Ellen Freed
  Kevin Frank
  September 18, 2015
  January 18 -  March 10, 2016
  UB1.16
  Tessy Brungardt 
  Patrice Naparstek
  December 18, 2015
  May 23 – July 14, 2016
  UB2.16
  Thomas Walker
  Suzanne Picard
  April 22, 2016
  October 17 – December 15, 2016
  UB3.16
  Juan David Velez/TBA
  Jane Harrington
  September 16, 2016

Phase III: Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory


CLASS MEETS: Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 6 PM

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  April 13 – June 5, 2015
  UC2.15
  Valerie Berg
  Jon Martine
  March 13, 2015
  June 29 – August 21, 2015
  UC3.15
  Ray McCall
  Juan David Velez
  May 29, 2015
  October 19 – December 18, 2015
  UC4.15
  Juan David Velez
  John Schewe
  September 18, 2015
  January 11 March 3, 2016
  UC1.16
  Larry Koliha  
  Juan David Velez
  December 11, 2015
  March 28 – May 20, 2016
  UC2.16
  Ray McCall
  Michael Murphy
  February 26, 2016
  June 13 August 5, 2016
  UC3.16
  Kevin McCoy
  John Schewe
 

May 13, 2016

  October 17 – December 16, 2016
  UC4.16
  Libby Eason
  Jon Martine
  September 23, 2016


Certified Advanced Rolfer Training

Early 2015

  Phase I - 2015
March 16-20, 2015 – 5 days
March 23-26, 2015 – 4 days
March 30 – April 3, 2015 – 5 days


Phase II - 2015
June 8-12, 2015 – 5 days
June 15-19, 2015 – 5 days
  AT1.15
  Ray McCall & Russell Stolzoff
  $5,775
  The Rolf Institute, Boulder, Colorado
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105.
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration Process below.

Description:

The Advanced training is a 168-hour course that takes place over 24 days. It is designed for the experienced practitioner and provides an opportunity to further develop, refine, and enhance a Rolfer’s practice through a deeper examination of the diverse aspects of the work. The goal is to pave the way to become a more responsive, skilled and effective Rolfer. The course content includes a broad range of topics related to conceptual, perceptual, relational, and manual skill sets.

The course presents a client-centered approach that uses a principled process to form evaluation, strategy, and intervention based on the Five Taxonomies (Structural, Functional, Psychobiological, Energetic, and Geometric). Dr. Rolf said, “It is easier to see the likenesses among people and to work on them in the same way than it is to see their radical individuality and to tailor our work to that distinctiveness.” The Advanced Training teaches practitioners to evaluate clients individually and develop individualized treatment strategies.  Developing individualized treatment strategies based on the principles of intervention also provides the opportunity to review the internal logic of the 10-series.

At the heart of the client-centered approach lies an inquiry into the Rolfer’s awareness of self and their perception of others. The goal is to nurture the practitioner’s ability to accurately perceive and respond to their clients visually, relationally, and through purposeful, accurate touch. Developing perception is a life-long process that leads to the deliberate and appropriate use of self, precise interventions, and the ability to evaluate and track effects of the work.

The course material will be explored through lectures, practicums and instructor demonstrations that show how to design a principle-governed advanced series of Rolfing sessions.  Practitioners will also exchange a supervised, principle-based series with one another, and will have the opportunity to apply the process with classroom clients. The purpose of demonstrating, exchanging sessions, and working with clients is twofold -  to learn, strategize and perform a principle-governed series, and to address the integration needs of each practitioner. A portion of the course will also explore the instructors’ latest innovations and discoveries.

The Advanced Rolfing Certification program is designed to enhance the skills of the certified Rolfer who has already been in practice for at least three years and has met the prerequisites (see below).

  1. Learn to work outside the ten series of Rolfing Structural Integration by using the principle-governed decision-making process and the five taxonomies of assessment.
  2. Deepen skills in the areas of touch, perception/evaluation, body use and the appropriate use of any given taxonomy.
  3. Become aware of what might be limiting perceptual confidence and acuity of the practitioner including the effect of the Rolfer’s own habits of perception.
  4. Recognize and work with the unique structural, functional, energetic, and psychobiological needs of the client.
  5. Recognize and manipulate specific kinds of fixations, including myofascial, ligamentous, articular, functional, energetic, and psychobiological. 
  6. Address the unique needs of each student through their receiving work in class.
  7. Deepen the understanding of the client-practitioner relationship.

Prerequisites:
• Certified Rolfer
• Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (RISI) member in good standing
• Minimum of three years in practice
• 15 credits of Rolf Institute approved continuing education, as follows:
   - 12 hours Rolfing Manipulation credit as provided by RISI faculty or other approved provider (It is recommended that 3 of these hours be in cranial or visceral work but it is not required.)
   - 3 hours Rolf Movement credits as provided by RISI faculty

Russell Stolzoff first experienced Rolfing in 1983 as a classroom client at The Rolf Institute. In 1998 he took to heart that his own advanced training would help him further develop the skills that are needed to allow each client to be the Rolfer’s teacher. As a teacher Russell is passionate about helping his colleagues become more skilled, competent, and effective in all aspects of their Rolfing practice. Russell’s work is influenced by living his life, personal relationships, parenting, studies in somatic psychology and chi gong.

Ray McCall first experienced Rolfing in 1975. As an Advanced Instructor in the Rolf Institute he teaches basic classes, advanced classes and workshops in the States and abroad.  He is interested in people being who they are and expressing that in the world and how Rolfing facilitates that process. The last several years he has been exploring the energetic taxonomy.



Late 2015

 

Phase I – October 26-29 / November 2-5 / November 9-12, 2015
Phase II – April 4-7 / April 11-14 / April 18-21, 2016

  AT2.15
  Jan Sultan & Valerie Berg
  $5,775
  Los Angeles, CA (Venice Beach area)
 

Jan Sultan – jhsultan@cybermesa.com (Class & Housing Info)
Valerie Berg – val03berg@gmail.com (Class Info)

  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration Process below.

Description:

Ida Rolf told her early students to "follow my Recipe for 5 years or until you think you know what you are doing." This advanced training is designed to consolidate the training of a Rolfer into levels not available to an entry level practitioner. We will use Dr. Rolf's recipe, and the values expressed there, as a reference point. We will work with what you bring to the training from your own explorations.  Our objective is to deepen your understanding of the work, and to refine your application of technique to become more economical and specific to the client’s needs. One primary objective of the advanced class is to explore the nature of Rolfing to the extent that new information you learn will strengthen your practice and not dilute it.
 
As the early 10-Series is a universal template, and useful to the widest range of body types, the advanced work is client centered and is applied specifically to meet the needs of the individual. We will learn how to develop non-formulistic single session, and multiple session interventions. There will be a high focus on the biomechanics of normal joint function, and specific techniques taught to release the common motion restrictions that interfere with normal function. We will use the Structural and Functional Taxonomies, Jan's Internal External model, and Hubert Goddard's Tonic Function seeing models. This organization will refine your ability to "see" the characteristic posture/structure signature of the body in motion, and enable you to derive meaningful information about intervention strategies. We will learn to teach our clients to use the work thru specific movement directives, given as part of the session, and for the client to work with post session.

While we have many learning objectives for this class, the primary one is that you the student take ownership of the work, and carry on the investigation we are all involved in as a partner and a peer.

Jan Sultan’s initial encounter with Ida Rolf was in 1967 as her client. In 1969 he trained under her, and after having assisted several classes, was invited by Dr. Rolf to become an instructor in 1975. After further apprenticeship,  Dr. Rolf invited him to take on the Advanced teaching.  He currently teaches Basic Trainings, Continuing Education, and Advanced Trainings for the Rolf Institute. He feels strongly that his responsibility as an instructor goes beyond simply passing on what he was taught, to include the refinement and coherent development of the ideas and methodology taught by Ida Rolf. Jan lives in Northern New Mexico, and practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Valerie Berg trained in 87 with Peter Melchior and Nicholas French. She is a big proponent of teaching the classical ten series to beginning students, as this is where a lot of our thinking and development occurs that takes us deeper into the work. The nuances and advanced work comes later developing out of knowing the territory and reasoning of the ten series work. She worked in Guatemala for 5 years in the 90s and was exposed to the trauma of war and violence thus began studying Peter Levine’s trauma work.

Valerie is also very interested in cultural and worldview influences on our structure and function. She has been teaching Rolfing SI for 11 years and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education and dance She is also a Rolf Movement Practitioner trained by Hubert Godard. She continues to study Visceral and movement work as a component of her practice. She has been practicing in New Mexico for 26 years Tango dancing, yoga, hiking, sculling and kayaking keep her moving and interested in the vitality of our bodies continuing through the changes of the years. Her focus over the last 6 years has been developing ways of working with Structural Aging. She teaches workshops internationally.


Advanced Training Payment and Refund Policy

Registration

Students should provide a $300 deposit with their Enrollment Agreement form. Half of the tuition payment for all classes is due two weeks before the class begins. The remaining balance is due halfway through the class. Students will be assessed a late fee of $100 if payment is received after either due date.

You may pay by check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
To pay by credit card, call Jim’s phone line at 303-449-5903 x105 and leave the following credit card information.
(Please speak slowly):
Name on the card
Mailing Address of the statement if different than you mailing address
Credit Card Number
Expiration Date
Last three digits on the back of the card (four digits on front of card if American Express)

DO NOT SEND CREDIT CARD INFO IN AN EMAIL.

Question? Contact  Jim Jones, Director of Education, jjones@rolf.org, 303-449-5903 x105.

Refunds

Please see the Refund Policy under Student Policies




Australian Rolfing Group

Nothing currently being offered.

Brazilian Rolfing Association

Rolf Movement Certification– 30-Day Intensive

  October 19 – December 1, 2015; 9am-6pm
  Monica Caspari                                             
  $4,500; $500 non-refundable deposit if you cancel
Deadline is June 30, 2015
You may also audit for $1,125 if you are already Rolf Movement certified or participate for $2,250.
  São Paulo, Brazil
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br.
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br. See Registration Process below.


Advanced Training

  Module 1: November 9-26, 2015
Module 2: April 18-May 5,  2016
  Lael Katharine Keen with Pierpaola Volpones and Karen Lackritz
  please contact
  Santa Catarina Island
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br.
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br. See Registration Process below.

Description:

Rolfing Structural Integration, as a practice and a profession is an art that continues to unfold throughout the lifetime of the Rolfer. The Advanced Training is a very special mark in the life of a Rolfer, a moment when the Rolfer decides to prioritize 24 days of her life for the study of Rolfing SI, bringing the skills, understandings and questions of the first years of active practice into an environment where together we will question, research, and discover new worlds. The Advanced Training is an exciting moment in which there is time to deepen into a fuller, broader and more integrated understanding of what it is to practice Rolfing SI and be a Rolfer.

Some of the elements that we will explore together in this class:

  • Touch – Over the years as Rolfers, we learn many techniques, but what we often don’t learn is how to access the client’s availability for change through our quality of touch. A technique teaches us to touch in a certain place with a certain intention, but if the client’s body closes to our hands, it doesn’t matter what technique we are using, it will be ineffective. In this training we will explore a wide spectrum of touch, from direct to indirect, from evocative to listening, from firm to light, and we will reflect together on how we can use this range to truly touch and be touched by our clients.
  • Body Reading – We will refine our capacity for body reading, through all of our sensory channels, sight, empathy, touch, sound and somatic resonance.
    • We will be looking at how each Rolfer perceives her clients, and building on already existing strengths as well as exploring new ways of perceiving.
    • We will have specific body readings with specific questions and specific tests for each area of the body and each set of relationships that we study. These exercises will help us to perceive more deeply what is happening in the client through all the taxonomies (structural, functional, energetic and psychobiological) .
    • We will look at the body in movement to perceive how the bigger and repetitive patterns of walking, breathing and orienting contribute to the local issues that we are addressing and how these local issues once resolved, can then be more effectively integrated into the whole.
  • Biomechanics of the major joints of the body
    • Learning what healthy, full-range function looks like at each joint and how to perceive through body reading, palpation and motion tests, where there is restriction and less than optimal function.
    • Different coordinative/perceptual/orientation patterns that may cause joints to become motion-restricted,
    • techniques for releasing motion restrictions in the articular system.
    • Learning to perceive and address the underlying functional, and psychobiological aspects of joint problems.
  • Embodiment
    • The degree to which we embody the work is the degree to which we can effectively transmit the work, thus significant emphasis will be given to each Rolfer’s own embodiment at all levels, from the biomechanical to the psychobiological.
    • As we go on the joint by joint tour of the body which is part of the Advanced Training curriculum, we will learn small, easy embodiment exercises for each joint—explorations that will help us to understand that joint in our own bodies, help us to work more specifically and effectively to release joint restrictions in our clients’ bodies and which can be taught to our clients for self-care.
    • We will also be reviewing each practitioner’s body use patterns when Rolfing and experimenting with new alternatives that will give each Rolfer a longer, easier working life.
  • Review of the Ten-Series – this time, not as a recipe but as a set of principles and principle based strategies that help us to meet the client through the many layers of his or her being.
  • Design a series of non-formulistic Advanced sessions that are tailored to the unique needs of each client – Students will practice this non-formulistic series on each other – a moment where the specific needs of each students’ body will be addressed – and on class clients.

The curriculum will be explored through lectures, demos, practices, exchange of sessions with a class mate, and work on class clients.
This Advanced Rolfing Training will take place in two three week modules, each class week consisting of 4 days (Monday-Thursday). It will be held on the Island of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, in a classroom in the middle of the Atlantic rain forest, 10 minutes walk from a beautiful tropical beach.

Lael Katharine Keen (Teacher) trained as a Rolfer in 1984 and has been teaching Rolfing SI (since 1995) and Rolf Movement Integration (since 1998) for the Rolf Institute on four different continents. She is founding member of the Brazilian Rolfing Association. She has studied Tonic Function with Hubert Godard since 2000. She also teaches Somatic Experiencing® (Peter Levine’s trauma work) at all levels, for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and has studied and taught Ki-Aikido for 36 years. She is currently completing her internship as an Art Therapist. She is fascinated by the way that structure, function and destiny intertwine in the human being to create our states of health, ease and dis/ease and how we, as Rolfers may intervene to change this process towards greater levels of ease, joy and embodiment.

Pierpaola Volpones (Assistant) is a member of the Rolf Institute since 1986 and a certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner. Rolfing SI has been her full time profession since she graduated in 1986 and is still her passion and main interest. Teaching Rolfing SI is also her passion; she completed the teacher training in 2006 and since then, besides her Rolfing practice in Italy, she teaches Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement trainings and workshops all over Europe. Her continuing education embraces the field of fascia manipulation and of functional work. She has taken classes with J.P. Barral and Peter Schwind to enhance manual skills and with Hubert Godard to deepen the understanding of the functional work within Rolfing SI.

Karen Lackritz (Assistant) has immersed herself in her Rolfing practice since her certification in 1984. She has studied, mentored, and assisted in Rolfing workshops, basic trainings, and Advanced Rolfing trainings with Jan Sultan and Michael Salveson. She has most recently studied with Rolfer, Ron Murray, D.O. She finds joy in studying, practicing, and teaching yoga, which informs her Rolfing practice. For fun and sustenance, she runs, cycles, and at every opportunity, laughs with her grandchildren.



Phase III - Dual Certification: Intensive

  January 11 - March 18, 2016
  Monica Caspari
  Dayane Paschoal, (11) 5574-5827/ 5539-8075, rolfing@rolfing.com.br.
  $7,200; $500 non-refundable deposit if cancel
Deadline is September 30, 2015

Bali Training

For more information, see www.rolfingbali.org.

Nothing currently being offered.

European Rolfing Association

Intensive Format

For all classes, contact training@rolfing.org
More information at www.rolfing.org

Classes are taught in English
Location: Munich Germany

Phase III
  February 2 – March 25, 2015
  Jörg Ahrend-Löns
Phase II
  March 2 – April 24, 2015
  Harvey Burns
Phase III
  September 7 – October 30, 2015
  Pierpaola Volpones

Advanced Training 2015

  Part 1: June 22 – July 24, 2015
  Pedro Prado, Jonathan Martine (Assistant), Rita Geirola (Translation)
  Catania, Italy
  exdir@rolfing.org

Japanese Rolfing Association

Advanced Training 2015

  Phase 1: October 13-16, 19-23, 26-30, 2015; 10 am – 6 pm
Phase 2: February 22-26, Feb 29 – March 4, 2016; 10 am – 6 pm
  Ray McCall & Carol Agneessens
  Cost will change according the number of the students.
877,000yen (15 students) – 626,000yen (24 students)
If you register before Apr 12, 2015, you will be applied the early bird fee.
Please ask Ryoko about the precise fee.
  Tokyo, Japan
  Ryoko Miyazaki, education@rolfing.or.jp
  Ryoko Miyazaki, education@rolfing.or.jp

Description:

Dr. Rolf said, “It is easier to see the likenesses among people and to work on them in the same way than it is to see their radical individuality and to tailor our work to that distinctiveness.”

The purpose of the Advanced Training is to explore how to develop a client centered series or session based on the principles of intervention and the client’s needs and goals. We will review the internal logic of Dr. Rolf’s 10-Series and how the goals of the 10-Series evoke integration, which is one of the most important aspects of our work. We will review neck work, back work and tracking as ways to evoke integration. We will also explore positional strategies and movement interventions, including core connectivity, to bring about higher levels of change and integration. Along with specific manipulation skills, including increasing our range of contact, we will enhance our ability to be present with ourselves and with our client.

When we are truly present we can perceive what needs to be done. Developing perception is a life-long process that leads to the deliberate and appropriate use of self, precise interventions, and the ability to evaluate and track the effects of our work. The course material will be explored through lectures, practicums and instructor demonstrations.

Practitioners will exchange a supervised series with one another, and with an outside classroom client. Through these activities we will learn to strategize and perform a principle guided series which addresses the structural, functional and integration needs of each practitioner and each client. Also,a portion of the course will include the instructors’ latest interests, innovations and discoveries. This class explores the relationship of neural fascial restriction/inflammation to structural imbalances. When the body has nerve fascia that is restricted and fails to glide, the entire system becomes pre-occupied. Reducing this “pre-occupation” is necessary for reducing pain and restoring optimal function. 

Ray McCall first experienced Rolfing in 1975. As an Advanced Instructor in the Rolf Institute he teaches basic classes, advanced classes and workshops in the States and abroad. He is interested in people being who they are and expressing that in the world and how Rolfing facilitates that process. The last several years he has been exploring the energetic taxonomy.

Carol A Agneessens. For over 33 years Carol has been a practitioner of the art of Rolfing and Rolf-Movement. As an instructor, her goal is to ignite the unique gifts each student brings to this study and practice.



RISI Class Textbooks

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Accreditation: Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)

The Rolf Institute Rolf Program is accredited by The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. In order to graduate from an accredited program all three class of the program must be attended at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. International school programs are not accredited by COMTA.

RISI is approved by the State of Colorado, Department of Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools.



The Rolf Institute does not discriminate against race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status in admissions or in its education program or activities.

Note:Tuition, fees, class dates/times, class location and faculty are all subject to change. The Rolf Institute attempts to give as much advance notice as possible of any changes.