Application FAQs

Who can train & What are the prerequisites?

The Northwest Washington training program is for people that have met the prerequisites for the Rolf Institute’s Advanced Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program (AFORSI). Typically, students who apply for the AFORSI program are massage and manual therapists, bodyworkers, physical therapists, chiropractors, and other professionals who have met the educational and practical requirements of the AFORSI program. See our prerequisites page to view the requirements. 

Do I need to receive the Rolfing® 10-Series prior to entering the program?

Yes! If you plan to apply to the program it is recommended that you begin your Rolfing process with a local Rolfer as soon as possible. You can find a list of Certified Rolfers in your area here, or you can contact us for a referral. Typically, this will take between 10 and 20 weeks depending on the frequency of the sessions. 

How do I apply for the program?

The applications process takes place through the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration.  Contact Mary Contreras, Director of Admissions, by phone: (303) 449-5903 x106 or e-mail: to get the process started!

Payment FAQs

What is the cost of the program?

$17,557.  Payment plans are available upon enrollment.

How are payments processed?

RISI has a variety of payment plans available including monthly installments. Contact Mary Contreras in admissions to make payment arrangements

Don’t meet the requirements or have other questions?

How do I become a Certified Rolfer™ if I don't meet the requirements for the Puget Sound Region AFORSI program?

There are two ways for those without previous experience to become Certified Rolfers:

  1. Enroll in the Boulder campus’ Foundation of Rolfing Structural Integration program (FORSI)
  2. Obtain the required education and experience to apply to an AFORSI program like the one offered in Bellingham.

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Northwest Washington Program FAQs

How is the Northwest Washington training program affiliated with the Rolf Institute?

The Northwest Washington training is offered through the Rolf Institute of Structrual Integration (RISI). Upon successful completion of the course graduates will be eligible to be members of RISI, and with their annual membership fee, will receive all member benefits and be able to use the RISI service marks.

Can I talk directly to the instructor about the program?

Absolutely!  Russell Stolzoff, the lead instructor for the Northwest Washington training program would be delighted to talk with you.  He can be reached at (360)671-0546 x3, or by email:

How can I get my questions about the training program answered?

  1. You can contact us directly by phone: (360) 671-0546 x3, or e-mail:  
  2. You can also contact the headquarters of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, CO: (303) 449-5903
What happens after I am a Certified Rolfer™?

Once I am certified is there an on-going continuing education requirement?

Yes. All Certified Rolfers sign a Master Agreement that stipulates they will take 18 days of approved continuing education followed by Advanced Rolfer certification training within 7 years of receiving their certificate.

What are the Advanced Rolfing Training and Rolf Movement Certifications about?

The Advanced Rolfing Training is the culmination of the RISI required education. It is designed to pave the way for experienced practitioners to deepen their understanding and practice of Rolfing. The goal of the Advanced Training is to help the Rolfer to be able to customize the Rolfing process according the specific needs of each client. 

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.

What is required to maintain my membership in the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration?

Annual dues of $450/year are required to maintain membership and use the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration service marks.