Rolf Movement® Certification
Integrative Studies Program
& CE Offerings
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.
How much does it cost?
Tuition for 30 Rolf Movement credits ranges from $4500 to $6000 depending on location of classes and number of instructors. The non-refundable administrative fee for tracking and processing is $150.
Rolf Movement Integration Certification Prerequisites
To certify in Rolf Movement Integration, one must be a Certified Rolfer and a RISI member in good standing. There may be opportunities for students who have completed Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing® Structural Integration & Rolf Movement® Integration to begin coursework training for their Rolf Movement Certification. However, students can only complete certification after graduating as a Rolfer.
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 can also take classes only for CE credit and later decide to apply that credit towards Rolf Movement certification.
Training in Brazil and Europe
The Associacao Brasileira de 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 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.
A student of the human body since she donned her first dancing shoes at age six, Mary Bond received an MA in Dance from the University of California at Los Angeles and studied with Ida Rolf from 1969 to 1972. She has been involved in the development of Rolf Movement Integration education for SI from the early days with Judith Aston to the current evolution through the work of Hubert Godard. She is the author of Balancing Your Body and The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand and Move in the Modern World.
|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 and in 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 Horvath and 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 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.
Jane Harrington earned her MA in dance at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco and there her passion for movement emerged. Jane is fascinated with all aspects of movement.
Jane trained in the first Rolf Movement certification class offered by the Rolf Institute in 1979. She has been a member of the Faculty for over 25 years, teaching both Basic Rolfing classes and Rolf Movement Certifications. Jane has taught in Brazil, Germany, Spain Australia, Japan and in many locations throughout the US.
Since 1988, Jane has created trainings that blend both structural and functional aspects. She believes the goal of Rolfing is to improve a client’s function in the world, not just their structure. Her commitment to this idea is the basis of her practice and her teaching. Jane has studied with and taught with many of the key instructors, who brought true innovation to our field, including Vivian Jaye, Megan James and Hubert Godard.
She loves movement in all its wondrous forms and values the unique ways each of us organizes our functional patterns as we move through our lives. While in her 50s, she competed at a national level in track & field winning medals in 100 and 200 meter races. Several years ago Jane and her husband, Pat, returned to her roots in New Mexico. Being home has allowed Jane to relax more fully in her body and her life experience. There is also a new energy for her as she has returned to her love of somatic education and the functional aspects of our work.
For more information about Jane, visit www.harringtonwellness.com