Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have training as a Massage Therapist or other bodyworker to apply to the training?
It is not required to have a background in massage, science or healthcare to begin training at The Rolf Institute. Students with no previous background or training must begin with our Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration class. Students who are trained professional massage therapists can take our Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration course. All students from both courses will be required to pass our Life Sciences Exam and fulfill all other prerequisites before being accepted to continue training as a Rolfer. For more information, please contact us at 303-449-5903.
Is financial aid available?
Speak with us at 303-449-5903 for more information and details on how to see if you qualify.
Do I have to move to Boulder?
You do NOT have to move to Boulder. The training takes place as intensive phases. The first phase is either two weeks or six weeks long, depending on entrance qualifications. The second and third phases are eight weeks long. We offer all of the phases several times each year, so you can choose a schedule that works best for you, as long as you complete your training within 24 months (note that there are mandatory waiting periods between the phases of training that count towards the 24 months. Please see How long is the training? for more details).
What are the prerequisites to enter the training?
No prior bodywork experience or training is required for Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration. See Course for more detail.
For the Regional Basic Rolfing Certification Program, you will need to show completion of a minimum of 250 Hours of professional training or course work in massage and bodywork with 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.
Prior to starting training at The Rolf Institute, students must have completed at least three sessions of the Rolfing Ten-Series with a Certified Rolfer.
How long is the training?
The Basic Rolfing® Certification Program takes 33 weeks, plus two three-month study intervals, to complete. The Post-Graduate Basic Training takes 1.5-2 years to complete.
How much does the training cost?
Please see Tuition and Costs for more information.
What about housing?
We provide a list of short-term rental housing possibilities for you to locate housing near our campus. The Rolf Institute is not affiliated with or responsible for any housing options on this list.
When do I need to pay my tuition?
Half of the tuition is due 2 weeks before each class begins and the remaining is due midway through class.
Where can I find a Rolfer in my area?
Go to Find a Rolfer on this site or call us at 303-449-5903 for any assitance.
What is the typical amount charge for a Rolfing session?
The cost for a Rolfing SI session can vary based on the location of the practice, years of experience, how many hours the Rolfer works each week and other factors. Consulting with local Rolfers can provide an indication.
As an experienced bodywork practitioner, is there an accelerated version of the Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration course that I can take?
We offer Regional Basic Rolfing Certification, taught in modules and specifically designed for professional massage therapists interested in refining their essential skills and transitioning into Rolfing SI. For more information, contact the Admissions Department and/or see Course of Study.
For the application, do my transcripts need to be official?
Yes, please have your transcripts mailed to: Admissions Department, The Rolf Institute, 5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301.
Can I take different courses in different locations?
The complete accredited Basic Rolfing Certification Program must be taken in Boulder, CO. The complete Regional Basic Rolfing Certification Program must be taken in the location set by the instructor. Students cannot switch between these programs.
When do classes meet?
This depends on the location that you are taking the course and the discretion of the instructor.
The phases in Boulder generally meet as follows:
- Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration meets Mon-Fri 8:30 am- 6:00 pm
- Embodiment of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration meets Mon-Thu 8:30 am - 6:00 pm (Note: First week of this class meets Monday - Friday).
- Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory meets Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
When do I need to have my Ten-Series Rolfing sessions completed?
Yes, all ten sessions, performed by a Certified Rolfer™, must be completed prior to the start of the program.
Do I need to have completed the 3 Rolf Movement Sessions before applying to the training?
All three sessions, performed by a Certified Rolf Movement® Practitioner, need to be completed before the beginning of Phase II.
Are CPR and First Aid certification required?
Both certifications are recommended but not required. Check with your state regarding their requirements for CPR and First Aid. Many do require it for body workers.
Is there an age requirement to be accepted into the training?
While age is not specified, students applying for the training program must have completed at least 60 semester hours of post-secondary education (or the equivalent) following successful completion of high school (or equivalent).
Does my deposit guarantee me a space in the class?
A deposit, plus the completions of all other requirements, holds a space in the class. This deposit is applied to your total tuition.
What if I am accepted into a class and need to transfer to another class or cancel completely?
Please see our Refund Policy.
Is the Rolf Institute accredited?
The Basic Rolfing Certification Program in Boulder, CO is the only program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Regional and International school programs are not accredited by COMTA.