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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 our Admissions Advisor via email or at 800-803-1952.

Is financial aid available?

The Rolf Institute is now eligible to participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs under Title IV.
Speak with our Admissions Advisor at 800-803-1952 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 Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration, 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 Rolfing training is offered in three phases. The format is designed to allow for flexibility in how long the entire training process takes, depending on your needs. Most students complete the training within 18 months. The program must be completed within 24 months. The intensity of the training, the necessity of integration between classes, financial considerations, and interim requirements should all be carefully considered when preparing a timetable for the training.

Students must wait at least 3 months between Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration and Embodiment of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration (no waiting period is required between Accelerated Foundations and Embodiment). Students must wait at least three months, but no more than a year, between Embodiment of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration and Clinical Application of Rolfing.

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 800-530-8875 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 Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration, an accelerated class specifically designed for professional massage therapists interested in refining their essential skills and transitioning into Rolfing SI. For more information, contact the Admissions Advisor and/or see Course of Study.

For the application, do my transcripts need to be official?

Yes, please have your transcripts mailed to: Admissions Advisor, The Rolf Institute, 5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301.

Can I take different courses in different locations?

You can with certain limitations. If you are interested in graudating from an accredited program (which is required by several states) or participating in Federal Financial Aid, all three phases of the training must be taken at at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO.

The Rolf Institute has schools in a few international sites, and you are allowed to switch locations for different phases of the training (as long as you are not pariticpating in Federal Financial Aid). International school programs are not accredited by COMTA, nor do they offer financial aid.

When do classes meet?

This depends on the location that you are taking the course and the discretion of the instructor, but generally classes meet as follows:

When do I need to have my Ten-Series Rolfing sessions completed?

The first three sessions of the Ten-Series must be prior to being admitted to The Rolf Institute for training. The remaining seven sessions of the Ten-Series must be completed six months prior to the start of Phase II of the training.

Do I need to have completed the 5 Rolf Movement Sessions before applying to the training?

All five sessions need to be completed before the beginning of Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement Integration course.

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 sucessful completeion of high school (or GED).

Does my deposit guarantee me a space in the class?

A deposit without a completed application places you in a hold/pending status and does not guarantee a space in the class. To guarantee a place in the class, we require a completed application and a $300.00 deposit. 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 Rolf Institute Rolf Program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). In order to graduate from an accredited program all three phases of the program must be taken at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. International school programs are not accredited by COMTA.