Northwest Washington Rolfing® Structural Integration Training

Program Description

Phase l: Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration  

87 Hours

Feb. 26 – March 9, 2018 (2-3 OFF)

Description

This class, designed for trained professionals, will refine essential skills and develop new ones required for the Rolfing Training. Students study Anatomy, Kinesiology and Physiology from the perspective of Rolfing SI.

Through lectures, demonstrations, experiential exercises and supervised practice, students learn new key concepts related to the mastery of the principles and procedures they will learn in the next phases of the training. Students are introduced to Rolf Movement Integration and Skillful Touch, The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s proprietary clinical practice form. An informative review of Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology is included in preparation for Life Sciences Exam, required for entry into The Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration (Phase II).

There is no mandatory study interval between Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration and Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration.

After successful completion of Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration and all other requirements, students advance to Phase II – Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration.

Course Objectives

Students will develop:

– A basic knowledge of the science, history and development of Rolfing® Structural Integration and of Dr. Rolf.

– An understanding of the Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology necessary to communicate a basic understanding of the body structure and function.

– The ability to differentiate, through touch, the qualities of bone, muscle and connective tissues in the body, as well as a sense of myofascial layers, “layer of availability” of the tissues, the quality of responsiveness of the connective tissue to their intervention, and how to adapt their touch in response to the particular qualities of each client.

– The ability to use their bodies efficiently when performing a Skillful Touch session.

– An ability to maintain a similar level of awareness of their own and their client’s body as they perform a Skillful Touch session.

– An understanding of the differences between a therapeutic and a personal relationship and how to behave appropriately in the context of the therapeutic relationship based on ethics and other professional considerations.

– A basic understanding of the principles and philosophy supporting the practice of Rolfing Structural Integration.

– The ability to manifest, in their own bodies, a higher level of structural integration in order to express movement in all planes of motion in an economical, palintonic and contralaterally balanced manner as pursued though Rolf Movement® Integration.

Formats & Methods

This ten-day intensive course is an accelerated, in-depth program 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 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Rolfing SI is not taught in Accelerated Foundation of Rolfing Structural Integration. Completion of Foundations of Accelerated Foundation of Rolfing Structural Integration does not entitle the student to use the terms “Rolfer” or “Rolfing.”

Phase ll: Embodiment of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement® Integration  

244 Hours ~ for students preparing to become Certified Rolfers™

April 8 – 20 (14-15 OFF);  May 20 – June 2 (26-28 OFF);  July 8-20 (14-15 OFF)

Description

Students learn the skills required to recognize simple structural and functional patterns. They learn to perceive structure and function in relation to gravity and to develop a working knowledge of the basics of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement’s principles and interventions.

The first segment of Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration is Principles Week. During this week, students focus on the overarching Principles of Rolfing SI work and on the functional aspects of somatic patterns.The focus of the week works with personal exploration and basic level techniques, building awareness, perception, and therapeutic skills. This class teaches a beginning understanding of how to design a session that responds to client needs. These skills are reinforced and cultivated over the next seven weeks of the training.

There is a required three-month study interval between completing Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration and Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory during which time students work on integrating and assimilating the skills and information from Embodiment of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration.

Mentoring with a Certified Rolfer during this interim period is highly recommended

After successful completion of Embodiment of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration and all other requirements, students may continue their studies in Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory (Phase III).

Prerequisites

1. Successful completion of Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration.

2. Submission and acceptance of two essay assignments due four weeks prior to the start of Phase II.

3. Passing grade on The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s Life Sciences Exam.

4. Completion of any Phases I Learning Agreement assignments (if applicable)

Course Objectives

Students will be introduced to:

– The foundational paradigms and principles of Rolfing® Structural Integration and Rolf Movement® Integration.

– A beginning level of understanding of the dimensions of the training: theoretical, practical, and exploratory.

– A paradigm of learning that blends at the cognitive understanding with somatic experience.

– The differences between a process and goal oriented therapy.

– The importance of creating a safe learning environment through the cultivation of a mature and relational group experience

– An awareness of their movement patterns and embodiment.

– How to work with and evaluate quality of “touch” using both physical contact and language intervention.

– The ability to identify and understand body systems through touch, including: the differentiation of muscles, bones, nerves, organs, fascia, and desirable function vs. dysfunction, as applicable to Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration.

Formats & Methods

During this phase of their training, students both give and receive a Rolfing Ten-Series and three Rolf Movement sessions with a class partner. Lectures, demonstrations and clinical applications provide students with a broad perspective on the Rolfing experience. Students will begin learning how to integrate structural and functional approaches to Rolfing SI, including 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 Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration (Phase II) is an experiential learning environment involving immersion in the process of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement Integration. During this phase of their training students may experience challenging mental, physical and emotional states. The class is designed to provide a safe way for students to utilize their experience to learn about all aspects of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement Integration, including learning to manage their own emotions, while attending to the needs of their classmate client.

Content of class days varies and can include lecture, demonstration, group discussion and activities, and supervised sessions. A good deal of class time is devoted to pattern recognition. Students will observe one another and instructor models in order to develop their perceptual skills. Learning to identify and effectively interact with structural and functional patterns by applying the methods of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration is a strong focus. Another significant part of the learning experience comes from giving and receiving Rolfing from a classmate. Students are uniquely positioned 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. Potentially, they will also forge lifetime associations with classmates and future colleagues as they prepare for the completion of their basic training that takes place in next phase, Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory (Phase III).

To refine their touch, seeing, understanding of applying the Ten-Series, it is strongly recommended that students receive mentoring from a Certified Rolfing practitioner between Embodiment of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration (Phase II) and Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory (Phase III).

Phase Ill: Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory 

269 Hours ~ for students who have completed Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement and are preparing to become Certified Rolfers™

Aug. 27 – Sept. 1;  Sept. 24 – Oct. 6 (30-31 OFF);  Nov. 5 – 17 (11 OFF); Dec. 10-15

Description

In Phase III: Clinical Application of Rolfing® Theory, students apply the knowledge and techniques learned in previous two phases of training to clinical and practical situations. Each student performs the Rolfing Ten-Series on two clients from the community, in the classroom, under instructor supervision. In addition, students give Post-10 series and Rolf Movement Integration sessions to clients, further preparing them for the diverse needs of a “real world” clientele.

Ongoing attention is given to students’ development of body readings skills, quality of touch, efficient body-use, self-care while working, and client-practitioner relationship skills. Professional ethics and concepts related to business and practice building skills are presented in order to help prepare students to develop their own Rolfing practices.

Prerequisites

1. Successful completion of Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration.

2. Submission and acceptance of a written paper due four weeks prior to the start of Phase III.

3. Approval of the Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement Integration instructors.

4. Completion of any Learning Agreement assignments (if applicable)

Course Objectives

Students will gain:

– An understanding of the theoretical/ practical basis of Rolfing® Structural Integration and Rolf Movement® Integration.

– A deepened understanding of how a pattern – structural and functional – manifests, as well as the ability to explore and understand these patterns from different perspectives.

– The opportunity to utilize the paradigms and principles of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration in clinical practice with clients from the community.

– The ability, with instructor assistance, to elicit the goals of Rolfing SI as a practitioner through the performance of a series of sessions with a client under instructor supervision.

– The ability to learn how to refine the application of Rolfing clinical work under instructor supervision.

– A demonstrated capability to take responsibility for their actions and accept and integrate feedback from instructors and other students.

– The experience of participation in a class environment that requires cooperation by all students and instructors to establish the class rules and expectations for the group and for creating a safe space and environment for learning.

– The ability to conduct a complete Rolfing 10-Series and Rolf Movement sessions.

– The ability to identify any contraindications or pathologies within the various bodily systems as applicable to Rolfing Structural Integration when working on actual clients from a diverse population.

Formats & Methods

In Phase III: Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory students deepen their understanding of the Ten-Series and Rolf Movement sessions by practicing under instructor supervision. The educational focus shifts from the student’s personal process and experience (taught in Phase II) to the client’s process as they experience Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement sessions. Students learn to assess and strategize using the principles of Rolfing SI, while developing the varied skills needed for attending to clients. By the end of the final week, students should be able to perform the Ten-Series and basic Rolf Movement sessions competently with confidence.

Phase III consists of lectures, demos and practicums designed to deepen the understanding and ability to perform each session according to the individual
client’s needs.

Students should be well rested and emotionally prepared for long days of focused study as the training is a full-time endeavor.

After successful completion of Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory and all other requirements, students will graduate as a Certified Rolfer™.

Clinical Work with the Community Client Clinic

Students in Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory perform Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration on two Community Client Clinic clients. Working under instructor supervision, students are challenged to put into practice all that they have learned in the training. Students develop relationships with their clients, assess their clients’ actual and perceived needs, and create and execute personal treatment plans. Students report that the individualized attention they receive from instructors in the Clinic, plus the “real-world” nature of this client contact, is often the high-point of their Rolfing training at The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration and is essential in preparing them to be successful, professional Certified Rolfers™.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who graduate from The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s Rolfing Program receive a certificate of completion. Annual dues are required to maintain membership status that permits the use of the Rolf Institute service marks, such as the Certified Rolfer title. See the FAQ for more information.