Regional Basic Rolfing® Structural Integration Certification


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This program is included in COMTA accreditation and
is eligible for Federal Student Aid.


This program is not included in COMTA accreditation and
is ineligible for Federal Student Aid.

School-wide Learning Outcomes

All of the certification programs at the Rolf Institute focus on five areas of knowledge and skills, or school wide learning outcomes including the following: Seeing, Touch, Embodiment, Therapeutic Relationship, and Didactic. Students must demonstrate that they understand the concepts and are able to do the skills tied to these outcomes in order to complete their program. The Rolf Institute Assessment Rubrics for each certification program outline the specific knowledge and skills for each of the five school wide learning outcomes. These rubrics are the basis for assessing student success in their program.

Regional Basic Rolfing Certification Program Description

This unaccredited program is offered regionally around the United States.

600-Hour training is comprised of three phases, online courses and self-study. You will learn:

Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the Regional Basic Rolfing Certification program:

  1. A High School diploma or equivalent
  2. One of the following:
    1. An official academic transcript showing at least 60 credit hours at an institution of higher education.
    2. Official documentation verifying equivalent coursework and success in an adult education program.
    3. Documentation of equivalent life experiences and accomplishment.
  3. Submission of a written 2-3 page personal life experience essay.
  4. Completion and approval of an application and required enrollment forms.
  5. Submission of a resume and solo headshot photograph (for identification purposes).
  6. Verification of having received a complete Rolfing Ten-Series from a Certified Rolfer*. (Note: you will need verification of having received three (3) Rolf Movement Integration sessions from a Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner prior to the start of Phase II.)
  7. Non-refundable $50 Application fee. (Fee will be refunded if student is either not admitted or has not signed an enrollment agreement.)
  8. Completion of a minimum 250-hour bodywork program. Students must submit an official transcript that shows at least 47 hours of Anatomy, 21 hours of Physiology, 45 hours of Massage or other approved touch training, and 15 hours of Therapeutic Relationship.
  9. 50 documented hours of post-graduate massage practice experience or comparable clinical experience.

International Students: Please indicate the need for an I-20/M-1 Visa and submit completed packet no later than 60 days prior to class start date.

Please Note: An interview may be required to complete some applications.

* Students with an existing medical condition, after consulting with their physician, may want to consider completing the Ten Series prerequisite, required to start the training, 2-3 months prior to the start of Phase II, where they will receive another Ten Series as part of the class. RISI reserves the right to require a physician's release for any student.

Program Description


Designed for career professionals who are licensed or have extensive training in complementary therapies, this training program allows established practitioners to expand their practice while learning about leading-edge research on the fascial system and how it affects the structure and movement of the body. An informative review of Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology is included in preparation for The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration's Life Sciences Exam.

Students learn the skills required to recognize simple structural patterns, to see structure in relation to gravity, and to develop a working knowledge of the basics of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement® Integration principles and theories. Training then focuses on each student's personal embodiment and understanding of the Principles of Rolfing SI as they are experienced in Rolf
Movement Integration.

The next weeks of instruction provide the student with the skills to recognize simple structural patterns in the body's form and in its function, to see structure in relation to gravity, and to achieve a working knowledge of the basic principles and theories of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration. In the final weeks, students work on actual clients under instructor supervision.

Through lectures, demonstrations, experiential exercises, online modules, and supervised practice, students learn new key concepts related to the mastery of the principles and procedures. Students are introduced to Rolf Movement Integration and trained in Skillful Touch, The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration's proprietary clinical practice form.

Upon successful completion and payment of all tuition and fees, students have completed The Rolf Institute's Basic Rolfing Certification Program.

Course Objectives

Students will develop:

Students will be introduced to:

Students will gain:

Format & Methods

This regional program is taught in-person and online through modules which vary per offering. Please check the online calendar for the dates of each individual
regional training.

This program is designed to tap into the foundation skills students already have, while simultaneously preparing students to transition their current touch and palpation skills to Rolfing SI. Taught through online instructional tools, well-illustrated lectures, experiential exercises and guided palpation, classes are designed to provide the optimal learning experience. The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration instructors emphasize individual learning by providing each student with support for his/her specific learning needs. Students are challenged to explore and learn about Rolfing-specific features and requirements of touch and palpation, including how it will expand and diversify their existing skill set and
professional practice.

Students will integrate structural and functional approaches to Rolfing SI, learning how to determine when each kind of session is appropriate. The subjects of fascial anatomy, efficient body use, client/practitioner communication, and structural analysis are critical to this phase of
the program.

The class is designed to provide a safe container for students to learn all aspects of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement Integration. This includes learning to manage their own emotions, while attending to the needs of their classmate client as students may be put in touch with mental, physical and emotional states which may be challenging.

A good deal of class time is devoted to pattern recognition. Students will observe one another and instructor models in order to facilitate perceptual skills. Learning to identify structural and functional patterns and effectively addressing them in the context of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement Integration is a strong focus. Another significant part of learning the sessions is the experience of receiving the work from a classmate. Students are uniquely qualified to give feedback to their classmate/practitioner, facilitating learning for both.

Students are encouraged to bring a spirit of exploration and open-mindedness to the Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration class. They will discover much about the Rolfing process, and about themselves, during this course. They will also forge lifetime associations with classmates and future colleagues as they prepare for the completion of their basic training, the clinical phase, in Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory.

In the final phase of training, students apply the knowledge and techniques learned previously to clinical and practical situations.
Each student will perform the Rolfing Ten-Series on clients from the community, in the classroom, under instructor supervision.  In addition, students will give Post-10 and Rolf Movement Integration sessions to clients, further preparing them for the diverse needs of a "real world" clientele.

Ongoing attention will be given to students developing efficient body-use and self-care while working, as well as improving client-practitioner relationship skills, quality of touch, and body-reading. Professional ethics, business and practice building skills are also taught in this class, along with public education practices, which help prepare students to develop independent
Rolfing practices.

Throughout the clinical phase of training, students will deepen their understanding of the Ten-Series and Rolf Movement sessions by practicing under instructor supervision on various clients. The educational focus shifts from the student's personal process and experience to the client’s process as they experience Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement sessions. Students will learn to assess and strategize using the principles of Rolfing SI, while developing various skills required for attending to clients, including attention to seeing, discussion, touch and technique. Therapeutic relationship will be a large part of the learning process as well. By the  end of the final week, students should be able  to perform the Ten-Series and basic Rolf Movement sessions competently
with confidence.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who graduate from The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s Rolfing Program receive a certificate. By affiliating with Membership Services you become a Certified Rolfer.


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State Approval

RISI is approved by the State of Colorado, Department of Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools, as well as the regional states where the program is taught.

This Regional Basic Rolfing Certification Program is not accredited.