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Rolfing® Certification Training in Boulder, Colorado

Once You are a Rolfer™
Rolf Movement® Certification
Advanced Training


Brazil (including South Africa and Bali)

RISI Class Textbooks
Accreditation Information

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 our
Admissions Advisor at 303-449-5903 x106 / 800-803-1952.

Phase I: Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration

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


  January 26 –March 9, 2015
  Adam Mentzell
  March 9, 2015
  May 4 – June 15, 2015
  Adam Mentzell
  June 15, 2015
  September 7 – October 19, 2015
  Michael Polon & Meg Maurer
  November 2, 2015

Phase I: Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration

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


  2015 Class: July 19 – August 3, 2015
  Michael Polon
  August 3, 2015

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


  January 26, March 19, 2015
  Kevin McCoy & Michael Murphy
  Suzanne Picard
  December 27, 2014
  May 25 – July 16, 2015
  Bethany Ward & Larry Koliha
  Jane Harrington
  April 24, 2015
  August 10 – October 1, 2015
  Thomas Walker
  Rebecca Carli
  July 10, 2015
  October 19 – December 17, 2015
  Libby Eason & Ellen Freed
  Kevin Frank
  September 18, 2015

Phase III: Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory

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


  January 19 – March 13, 2015
  Juan David Velez
  Michael Murphy
  December 19, 2014
  April 13 – June 5, 2015
  Valerie Berg
  Jon Martine
  March 13, 2015
  June 29 – August 21, 2015
  Ray McCall
  Juan David Velez
  May 29, 2015
  October 19 – December 18, 2015
  Juan David Velez
  John Schewe
  September 18, 2015

Certified Advanced Rolfer Training

  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
  Ray McCall & Russell Stolzoff
  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.


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.

• 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.

Advanced Training Payment and Refund Policy


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)


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


Please see the Refund Policy under Student Policies

Australian Rolfing Group

Nothing currently being offered.

Brazilian Rolfing Association

Bali Training

For more information, see www.rolfingbali.org.

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.


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

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

Japanese Rolfing Association

Nothing currently being offered.

RISI Class Textbooks

Textbooks can be ordered from the following vendors:

Note: The Rolf Institute is not responsible for availability, inventory or pricing of these vendors. The Rolf Institute does not receive financial restitution for any sales

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.

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