Rolf Movement® Certification Integrative Studies Program & CE Offerings

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The Rolf Movement Certification Program in the U.S. is offered as a series of workshops focusing on various aspects of a unified movement theory, and taught in different regions of the country. These workshops may be taken independently for Rolf Movement Continuing Education credit from the Rolf Institute. To receive Rolf Movement Certification in this new format a student is required to take a minimum of 30 Rolf Movement continuing education credits/class days, three days of which can be an independent study project or mentorship, over a period of up to six years. 

Why become Rolf Movement Certified?

Expanding movement education reflects the increased role that an understanding of gravity orientation, perception, coordination, expressivity, and nervous system regulation plays in determining lasting shifts in posture and function. Further, teaching Rolfers™ to understand, embody, and articulate these perspectives serves the greater RISI mission to educate the world about Rolfing Structural Integration. Rolf Movement Integration is still a young field but one which distinguishes Rolfing from other brands of structural integration. Rolf Movement Integration links ongoing discoveries in the study of neuroscience and motor patterns to the legacy of Dr. Rolf.

Why train through workshops?

The Rolf Movement Certification Program is a response to the need for longer class time to accommodate the scope and depth of an expanded curriculum. Understanding movement requires thoroughness in one’s own embodiment and a personal relationship to the varieties of coordinative patterns that clients present. To meaningfully address working with embodiment, Rolf Movement Integration courses emphasize experiential learning and represent an immersion-based approach.

The workshop format allows for time between segments to further embody and apply the work in one’s practice. It also shortens the time students must be away from home.

Do the workshops need to be taken in any order?

Students can enter the Rolf Movement Certification Program at any point in the rotation of offered courses. Each course deepens one’s immersion in the work, and leads to a clearer understanding of a model that contrasts markedly with conventional thinking about body function. The learning is recursive in nature, rather than linear: the process mimics learning to live in a foreign culture more than it does only the acquisition of skills. Each student as they move through their chosen progression of courses consults with his/her instructors to see how the various topics are building integrated embodiment of the work. The open, flexible format allows students to find their own continuity within the program. This may include receiving credit for approved courses taken in regions outside the U.S.

Can I take these workshops for CE instead of towards certification?

Yes, any of the workshops can be taken for CE credit or towards certification. A Rolfer canalso take classes only for CE credit and later decide to apply that credit towards Rolf Movement certification.

Rolf Movement Integration Certification Prerequisites & Policies

Prerequisites
  1. Rolfing Certification (There may be opportunities for students who have completed Embodiment of Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration to train for their Rolf Movement Certification. Consult with Rolf Institute staff for more information.)
  2. Member in good standing

* Additional prerequisites may apply.

Objectives

Expanding movement education reflects the increased role that an understanding of gravity orientation, perception, coordination, expressivity, and nervous system regulation plays in determining lasting shifts in posture and function. Further, teaching Rolfers to understand, embody, and articulate these perspectives serves the greater RISI mission to educate the world about Rolfing Structural Integration.

Format & Methods

The Rolf Movement Certification Program in the U.S. is offered as a series of workshops focusing on various aspects of a unified movement theory, and taught in different regions of the country. These workshops may be taken independently for Rolf Movement Continuing Education credit from the Rolf Institute. To receive Rolf Movement Certification in this delivery system, a student is required to take a minimum of 30 Rolf Movement continuing education credits/class days, three days of which can be an independent study project or mentorship, over a period of up to six years, plus attend advising sessions.

Students can enter the Rolf Movement Certification Integrative Studies Program at any point in the rotation of offered courses. Each course deepens one’s immersion in the work, and leads to a clearer understanding of a model that contrasts markedly with conventional thinking about body function. The learning is recursive in nature, rather than linear: the process mimics learning to live in a foreign culture more than it does acquisition of skills. A faculty advisor interviews each student as they move through their chosen progression of courses to assist in seeing how the various topics are building integrated embodiment of the work. The open, flexible format allows students to find their own continuity within the program. This may include receiving credit for approved courses taken in regions outside the U.S.

The Rolf Movement Certification Integrative Studies Program is a response to the need for longer class time to accommodate the scope and depth of an expanded curriculum. Understanding movement requires thoroughness in one’s own embodiment and a personal relationship to the varieties of coordinative patterns that clients present. To meaningfully address working with embodiment, Rolf Movement Integration courses emphasize experiential learning and represent an immersion-based approach.

The workshop format allows for time between segments to further embody and apply the work in one’s practice. It also shortens the time students must be away from home.

Costs

Please see Tuition and Costs

Training in Brazil and Europe

The Associacao Brasileirade Rolfistas (ABR), the European Rolfing Association(ERA) offer a wide variety of workshops, movement trainings, and tutorials. Please contact the ABR and ERA directly for further information.

Rolf Movement Faculty

Carol  

Carol Agneessens, MS. has been practicing the art of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration for over 30 years. She serves on the faculty of the Rolf Institute. For the past 10 years, she has been actively engaged in the study of embryology. Carol has come to realize that the primary gestures of the embryo lay the foundation of function and form within the adult.

As a Rolfing SI instructor, Rolf Movement instructor and as a teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, her focus includes cultivating an expanded perceptual field, receptive listening, and deepening sensory awareness. She has come to appreciate that these are key factors for sustained transformation within oneself and in working with others. She is the author of The Fabric of Wholeness. (2001), and is currently working on her second book entitled: The Origin of Being: engaging the primal thread. She lives and works in Aptos, CA on Monterey Bay.


Rebecca   Rebecca Carli became interested in somatic movement studies while pursuing B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in dance performance and choreography. She earned certification in Rolf Movement Integration in 1987 with Janie French and Annie Duggan.  In 1989, she became a Certified Rolfer andin 1992, a Certified Advanced Rolfer. In 1994, Rebecca graduated from the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training and joined the Rolf Movement faculty of The Rolf Institute. 

Rebecca’s understanding of gravity and human movement potential has been enriched by her long time studies with Hubert Godard. Godard’s work provides the chief theoretical and practical foundation that inspires her teaching. Additionally, she draws from her interest in the work of  Laban/Bartineff, Charlotte Selver, Julio Horvathand various forms of yoga. Rebecca believes that embodiment is a life long process, essential for somatic practitioners. 

Rebecca is a past Chairperson of the Rolf Movement faculty and ISMETA board representative. She teaches a variety of somatic movement courses at several universities.  Currently, Rebecca lives in the Washington D.C. area, where she maintains an active practice in Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration. Presently, her major challenge is “moving with ease and finding grace” while parenting two teen-age daughters.
 

Kevin   Kevin Frank has practiced Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration education since 1987. He practices, writes and teaches from a model of structural integration based on the body considered as a movement system, in which lasting improvements in posture and well being are expressions of the "normal" that Dr. Rolf proposed. Kevin emphasizes, as did Dr. Rolf, that structural integration is primarily an educational approach to human health, in which there may be therapeutic consequences. Our role is to educate clients and students in matters of perception, differentiation of the body maps, and coordinative skills. Kevin's articles about perceptive and coordinative views of structural integration are available at www.resourcesinmovement.com under "Article Archive." He is the co-author (with Caryn McHose) of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness (North Atlantic 2006).

Kevin lives in rural NH where Resources in Movement Studio provides a training site for classes related to structural integration and movement education.