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(Also offered to IASI Members, GSI Practitioners and Hellerwork Practitioners)

INCLUDES CE CLASSES THAT EARN CREDIT TOWARDS ROLF MOVEMENT® CERTIFICATION.

The Rolf Institute is committed to developing academic growth and therapeutic skill in all of its graduates. Certified Rolfers may take workshops in specific manipulative techniques, and/or explore other related subjects such as CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. Credits can also be earned through approved mentoring programs.

Rolfers, and some students who have completed Phase II of their training, may also take workshops on the track to becoming a Rolf Movement® practitioner through the Rolf Movement Certification Integrative Studies Program which offers expanding movement education on how the increased role of an understanding of gravity orientation, perception, coordination, expressivity, and nervous system regulation can determine lasting shifts in posture and function.

Once certified as Rolfers, graduates agree to attend a minimum of eighteen days of approved continuing education over a period of three to seven years in preparation for Advanced Rolfer Training. If certified as a Rolf Movement Practitioner, Rolfers have up to 9 years to complete CE Credits and participate in the Advanced Training. The continuing education requirement is one of the many ways in which The Rolf Institute upholds its standards and demonstrates them to the community.



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Rolf Institute Workshops

Neural Fascial Mobilization: Peripheral Nerves of Shoulder and Pelvic Girdles

  March 14, 15 and 29, 30, 2014 ; 9 am – 5:30 pm
  AW13.14
  Jonathan Martine Certified Advanced Rolfer™
  $795.00 or
$750.00 if paid in full 30 days before class begins.
  4 Manipulation Credits; 32 CEUs
  Rolf Institute, Boulder, Colorado
  j.martine@comcast.net or call Jon 720-226-1508
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

This class explores the relationship of neural fascial restriction/inflammation to structural imbalances. When the body has nerve fascia that is restricted and fails to glide, the entire system becomes pre-occupied. Reducing this “pre-occupation” is necessary for reducing pain and restoring optimal function.

We will explore through lecture, palpation and hands-on exchange:
• Assessments for fascial, nerve, joint, and functional restriction.
• How neurogenic inflammation and impaired nerve mobility restrict movement of fascia, joints and core stability.
• Learn new approaches to tissue and joint mobilization, and re-patterning movement.
• Develop integrative strategies to release peripheral nerve restriction for lasting change, from local restriction to global function.
• Pre and Post-intervention assessments for orthopedic, movement and subjective findings.

Jonathan Martine is a Certified Advanced Rolfer since 1990, Registered Movement Therapist, and Rolf Institute® Faculty member since 1993. Jonathan draws from the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, Australian PT’s, David Butler, Michael Shacklock, and Chiropractor/Rolfer Don Hazen in a synthesis of nerve related work.

The content of this workshop is outside the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore CANNOT be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



Fascial Integration: Structural-Visceral Approaches to the Low-Back, Pelvis & Abdomen

  May 2nd & 3rd, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm; May 4th, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  AW11.14
  Bruce Schonfeld
  $495 with payment received 60 days in advance.
$595 with payment received 30 days in advance.
$695 with payment received less than 30 days.
  3 Manipulation Credits; 21 CEUs
  Yo San University
13315 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
www.yosan.edu
  Bruce Schonfeld at 310-395-3555, e-mail bruce@advancedrolfing.com, website: www.advancedrolfing.com
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

Structural-Visceral for the Low-Back, Pelvis and Abdomen (SVLB) primarily balances the parietal peritoneum within the dynamics of the Low-Back, Pelvis and Abdomen. Balanced membranous tension of the parietal peritoneum is the unifying theme. Generally following the trail of visceral attachments associated with the gastrointestinal system, SVLB offers a Structural-Visceral perspective to the Low-Back. SVLB correlates basic joint biomechanics of the lumbar spine, sacrum and sacroiliac joints with the larger visceral ligaments associated with the gastrointestinal track. Other visceral structures, ligaments and fascial components of interest include the cecum, ascending colon, hepatic flexure, splenic flexure, descending colon, sigmoid colon, liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, greater and lesser omentum. Additional structural components of interest include the coccyx, intertransverse and interspinous spinal ligaments, joint capsules, rotatores, sacral and lumbar fascia.

In concert with keeping a global perspective through holistic assessment, SVLB contextualizes the contents of the pelvic and abdominal cavities within their regional boney and articular counterparts as well as the lower extremities. Special attention is paid to the articular chain’s distal connection into the toes and feet.

Appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, this class offers a ‘Combined Technique’ approach to fascial manipulation. Primarily set up in Direct Technique, SVLB takes a respectful and moderate approach to force. With the intention to support, strategically empower and manually evolve your practice, students will develop clinically effective assessment skills and fascial manipulation techniques through lecture, demonstration, supervision and practical hands-on exchanges.

Bruce Schonfeld is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner who has taken, assisted and audited the Advanced Rolfing Training four times. Since 1997, he has studied Visceral Manipulation intensively including over 300 hours directly with Jean-Pierre Barral D.O.. He has taught orthopedic applications of Structural Integration since 1996 and been continually inspired through gross anatomical dissection. With an emphasis on the ‘sliding system’ of the membranes and larger visceral ligaments, Bruce has synthesized and developed his dual roots into a user-friendly approach to Systems Structural Integration.

The content of this workshop is outside the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore CANNOT be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



A Biodynamic Orientation to Perception, Touch and Treatment: A Foundational Cranio-sacral Training in 5 Modules

  Module 2: May 26-30, 2014
Module 3: July 28 – August 1, 2014
Module 4: October 13-17, 2014
Module 5: January 12-16, 2015
  Module 2: AW3.14
Module 3: AW4.14
Module 4: AW5.14
Module 5: AW1.15
  Carol A. Agneessens, MS. & Ray McCall, MA.
  $750 per module
  Module 1: 3 RISI Cranial Credits & 2 Elective Credits
Module 2-5: 5 Elective Credits
  Rolf Institute, Boulder CO
  Carol A Agneessens: carolagneessens@mac.com / 831-662-3057
Ray McCall: rkmccall@mac.com / 303-449-9477
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

Participants will do five practice sessions between each module. From those five sessions, participants will write three case reports. Each report will be a maximum of one page and will be submitted two weeks prior to the next module.

Module 1: Touch and Perception.

  • An overview of cranio-sacral phenomena
  • Cranial anatomy: sutures, meninges and sinuses
  • Embryological beginnings, days 1-15
  • Zones of Perception: inside / outside
  • Stillness, Resonance and Neutral

Module 2: Facial Development

  • Emergence of the Mid-line: primitive streak through notochord.
  • Path of the csf: ventricles, aqueducts, and central canal.
  • Fulcrums and automatic shifting.
  • Embryology of facial development.
  • Engaging longitudinal fluctuation.

Module 3: The Emerging Social Nervous System

  • Interface of the visceral and neural cranium.
  • Cervical-cranial base relationships
  • Embryological formation of the cardiovascular system.
  • The social nervous system, vagal response and attachment theory.
  • Augmentation of practitioner presence and tidal response.

Module 4: Engaging Viscera

  • Urogenital formation: kidneys, bladders, and genital organs.
  • Midlines of visceral development.
  • Embryological fluid fields of the Spine.
  • Tissue, Fluids and electromagnetic fields.

Module 5: Integration and Closure

  • Engaging the bones. (from marrow to movement)
  • Integration and the appendicular skeleton.
  • Review – refine - reinforce.
  • Ignition and the central chain.
  • Application of biodynamic orientation to structural integration.

Upon completion of all five modules, certification will be granted through The Pacific School of Biodynamic Integration.

Ray McCall, MA. has 35 years experience as a Rolfer. As a RISI Advanced faculty member he teaches basic, Advanced and Continuing Education classes both in the States and Abroad. His particular interest is the energetic taxonomy and how change occurs: how we more fully become and express who we are. Ray trained to instructor level in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.

Carol A Agneessens, MS. has been practicing Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration for over 32 years. As a Rolfing Trainer, Rolf Movement Instructor and as a certified instructor with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association, her focus includes cultivating an expanded perceptual field, receptive listening, and deepening sensory awareness. She has come to appreciate that these are key factors for sustained transformation within oneself and in working with others.

The content of this workshop is outside the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore cannot be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



Revisiting, Refining, and Advancing the 10-Series Fundamentals of Structural Integration:
A series of three 6-day seminars

  May 30 - June 5 (day off on June 2nd)
August 1 - August 7 (day off on August 4th)
October 10 - 16 (day off on October 14)
  AW14.14
  Russell Stolzoff, Certified Advanced Rolfer, Rolf Movement Practitioner, Rolf Institite Faculty
 

$2700 - (10% discount given if paid in full)
25% to reserve space in course
25% due 60 days before first workshop
50% due 30 days before first workshop

Seminar (all three workshops) must be taken as a whole. No refunds given after 60 days before first workshop unless a replacement practitioner is found.
  18 RISI Manipulation Credits
  Bellingham, WA
  russell@rolfingworks.com (360) 671-0546
  russell@rolfingworks.com (360) 671-0546
Please see Registration Policy.
  Please see Refund Policy.

Description:

In this seminar series of three 6-day periods, a small group of practitioners (limited to 8) will have the rare opportunity to come together to revisit, refine, and advance their ability to effectively deliver the results clients seek from the 10-series. Together we will delve into the 10-Series, share perspectives, and learn from each other while taking a client through a basic series of sessions. These workshops will not include session exchanges except during palpation exercises.

As course facilitator, Russell Stolzoff, will weave together a 10-Series demonstration on a model client with presentations and practicums on topics relevant to each session and the series as a whole. He will also supervise practitioners' sessions with their client and lead group discussions about the work.  

Course Features

  • Receive post-graduate supervision while taking a model client through the 10-Series
  • Focus on advancing the vision of 10-Series themes, or 'through lines' that guide your work from start to finish
  • Develop and refine strategies within each session – Learn to make sophisticated on-the-fly decisions during sessions based on new information. Think ahead about the repercussions and make adjustments to your strategy
  • Get beyond muscle anatomy maps – Use fascial architecture concepts that link with your perception to guide your work
  • Expand your perception of the work's effect on the whole body
  • Take advantage of the rare opportunity to discuss in a group settings with colleagues your feelings, reactions, responses to your work

Russell Stolzoff has been a Rolfing Structural Integration practioner since 1989 and became a Rolf Institute Faculty member in 2002. He is endlessly facinated and curious about the structural integration process and the developmental trajectory of becoming a skilled practitioner. In his supervision workshops, Russell creates a spacious, welcoming environment, and presents structural integration topics from a relational and embodied point of view. He believes that saftey in the environment leads to better learning, expanded creativity, and more effective results.

The content of this workshop is part of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and thus can be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



An Energetic Foundation for Rolfing Structural Integration: A bridge between Dr. Rolf's recipe and the wisdom of each individual's body

  Sunday, June 15 – Saturday, June 21, 2014 (June 18th is off); 9am – 5:30pm
  AW15.14
  Ray McCall & Bob Schrei
 

$800
$400 due at time of enrollment

  6 RISI Structural Credits
  The Rolf Institute, 5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301
  Bob Schrei: rjschrei@cybermesa.com
Ray McCall: rkmccall@mac.com
  Jim Jones, jjones@rolf.org, 303-449-5903 x105
Please see Registration Policy.
  Please see Refund Policy.

Description:

In this 6-day workshop we will explore accomplishing the goals of Dr. Rolf’s work by using an energetic approach which is simple, accessible, and effective. The approach, SourcePoint Therapy developed by Bob Schrei and Donna Thomson, aligns and relates a person’s physical body to the energetic blueprint that Dr. Rolf referred to in her book, “Structural Integration”. By utilizing simple body scanning techniques, we can determine where to first make physical contact and how to sequence and strategize our interventions to produce optimal results. The scan informs the questions: “Where do we start”, “where do we go next” and “When are we done.”

Rolfing Structural Integration and SourcePoint Therapy are separate, distinct modalities. SourcePoint Therapy does not replace your basic Rolfing skills - it enhances them.  Rolfing SI and SourcePoint Therapy complement each other and enable a Rolfer to work in the energetic taxonomy in a consistent and coherent manner.

In the workshop participants will exchange non-formulaic sessions.

Bob Schrei is a Certified Advanced Rolfer with 25 years experience, an artist and former Zen teacher. http://sourcepointtherapy.com for more information.

Ray McCall is a Certified Advanced Rolfer with 35 years experience and teaches Basic and Advanced classes in the United States and abroad.

The content of this workshop is outside the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore CANNOT be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



Perceptive Core Stability: Stability Work to Complement the Rolfing Series

This CE workshop can also be taken to earn credit towards Rolf Movement Certification.
Learn more about the Rolf Movment Certification Integrative Studies Program.

  June 25 – July 1, 2014 (June 28 is day off) 9 am - 5:30 pm
  RMC5.14
  Kevin Frank
  $900.00
  6 Rolf Movement Credits
(6 Days Credit toward Rolf Movement Certification)
  Resources in Movement Studio in Holderness, NH
  Kevin Frank at kkfrank@earthlink.net or 603-968-9585 for further information or visit www.resourcesinmovement.com/perceptive_core_stability.htm
Housing available on site by shore of quiet lake in central NH. $50 pp/pn. Nearby motel or B&B accommodations can be found at www.visitsquam.com. Nearest airports: Manchester, NH (MHT) or Boston, (BOS).
  Mail Deposit of $450 to: Resources in Movement, 5 Franks Ln, Holderness, NH 03245. Contact Kevin Frank at kkfrank@earthlink.net or 603-968-9585 for further information.
Please see Registration Policy.
  Please see Refund Policy.

Description:

The Rolfing® Structural Integration series touches on but doesn’t fully address core stability, leaving unresolved issues that fascial and spinal manipulation can’t truly repair. Stability is part of healthy coordination and healthy coordination is restored with rehabilitation based on perception-based movement.

  • Perceptive core stability is an experiential course to understand the coordinative basis for structural integration; and why conventional core stability programs often fail to help people with musculo-skeletal complaints and fail to rehabilitate people from injuries and surgeries
  • Chronic back, hip, and neck pain are indicative of chronic instability. In this workshop we will cover the theory and practice of working with stability issues in all phases of doing structural integration.
  • Perceptual change gives the body an opportunity for more appropriate movement patterns, and for new, more appropriate responses to be elicited. New patterns are reinforced with efficient self-care exercise.
  • Genuine core stability is a natural expression of our being, and demonstrates a cardinal rule of structural integration: as our body meets demand, it gets longer rather than shorter; it gets more spacious rather than contracted.
  • Perceptive core stability helps us learn to use perception to remap the body and the “action space” so the “movement brain” can make efficient and pleasurable choices to meet daily demands.

Each day of the workshop will involve theory, perceptive movement, and application to the fascial series, on the table, seated, standing and meeting familiar daily loads. Self care exercises will be slowed down so we learn them from the inside out. Each day is about helping you understand how you learn. Our job is to help others learn skills that are new and, at first, counterintuitive.

Kevin Frank is an Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement® Instructor. He has worked with the tonic function approach to structural integration since 1991 and writes articles on this work. (http://www.resourcesinmovement.com/Archive.htm) He is the co-author (with Caryn McHose) of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness. In addition to his work with Hubert Godard, Kevin’s sources include the embodiment processes of Continuum (Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper), the meditative inquiry work of Toni Packer, and Zen practice at the Rochester Zen Center. He also is informed by the perceptual movement work of Caryn McHose.



Rolfing and The Breath: 10 Days on Movement and Breathing with Lael Katharine Keen

This CE workshop can also be taken to earn credit towards Rolf Movement Certification.
Learn more about the Rolf Movment Certification Integrative Studies Program.

  RMC8.14 - Part 1: July 10-14, 2014; 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
RMC1.15 - Part 2: January 21-25 2015; 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  see above
  Lael Katharine Keen
  $1500 for the 10 days ($750 per 5 day session)
Note: You must sign up for both parts of the workshop at the time of registration. For information on the early registration discount, please contact the coordinator, Robert Rex.
  10 Rolf Movement Credits; 75 CEUs
(10 Days Credit toward Rolf Movement Certification)
  Lincoln, Vermont
  Robert Rex, e-mail--robert_rex@gmavt.net Telephone (802) 453-3895
  Robert Rex, e-mail--robert_rex@gmavt.net Telephone (802) 453-3895
Please see Registration Policy.
  Please see Refund Policy.

Description:

According to the world average, the human being breathes 25,920 times per day.  The repetitive movement of the breath is one of the most influential elements that there is in both human structure and function. In these 10 days of workshop, we will explore the breath from many different points of view. We will learn to intervene with the breath in ways that do not involve willing or forcing – working with acts of attention and allowing as opposed to acts of tension.

Topics Covered:

  • Review of the biomechanics and physiology of the breath.
  • Learn to identify and help correct specific, less-than-functional breathing patterns.
  • We will look at how the breath moves through the whole body, diagnose where it is not moving and treat the places that are less responsive than they could be.
  • Interventions for the breath that can be used in each one of the ten sessions.
  • Interventions with the breath that can be done to enhance structural maneuvers as well as interventions for the breath that touch deeply into the movement/world view aspects of the client.
  • How trauma influences our breathing pattern.
  • Core stability and breathing.
  • Orienting and the breath--we will explore how the way that we orient to the world around us has a direct effect on how we breathe and learn how to see and work with the “holes” in our clients’ orienting.

Lael Katharine Keen is a Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration Instructor for the Rolf Institute. She has studied with Hubert Godard since 2000. She also teaches Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine’s trauma work) for the Foundation for Human Enrichment, and has studied and taught Ki-Aikido for the last 33 years. She is fascinated with movement and the process through which each of us becomes more truly ourselves through uncovering the movement which is our most intrinsic and authentic potential.



The Jaye & Harrington Flow Weekend:
The Aesthetics of Balanced Movement: Flow in our Work & Our Lives

This CE workshop can also be taken to earn credit towards Rolf Movement Certification.
Learn more about the Rolf Movment Certification Integrative Studies Program.

  July 11, 12 &13, 2014
  RMC4.14
  Jane Harrington & Vivian Jaye with guest instructor,Suzanne Picard
  $525.00 ($175 per day)
$263 due at registration
  3 Rolf Movement® Credits
(3 Days Credit toward Rolf Movement Certification)
  Rolf Institute, 5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301
  Jane Harrington 505-771-2830 jane@harringtonwellness.com
Vivian Jaye, 831-655-1714
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105.
  Please see Refund Policy.

Description:

You know all about the Rolling Stones “FINAL” tours . . . . Well, this will be the “Final Flow Show” for Vivian & Jane. It has been 10 years since these two have taught together – and they’re doing it again! Come spend 3 days with these pioneers of the Rolf Movement Work; what they innovated 25 years ago is alive more now than ever – and ready to share with you.

Key Workshop Strategies:

  • Our clients learn and sense themselves and their world in unique ways, you’ll learn how to recognize and work with these differences. Part of working with the uniqueness of each client is in the application of the session themes into daily life.
  • The integration of Rolf Movement into our work enhances our client’s embodiment. Educating our clients in the remapping of their movement brain is empowering for them and makes our job easier and more creative.
  • Each day we will spend time with presentations, discussion, demonstrations of the work and hands-on exploration. Analysis will be done in movement with a focus on understanding how to work functionally.  
  • Vivian and Jane have both been working over 35 years, and given their skills, you will do extensive seeing in movement and explore ways to work with this information. This understanding will be key in designing our strategies. Depending on the needs of the group, there will be practicum’s and some full sessions.

Jane and Vivian are best friends and were teaching partners for 25 years – both being members of the first RMI training at the RISI in 1979. They created the first movement certifications for Rolfers and were key in the development of combined certification trainings. They did extensive teaching in  Brazil and were instrumental  in the development of their unique certification programs.

Jane was certified in Rolf Movement in 1980 and joined the Rolf Institute faculty in 1988, teaching Basic Trainings  & Rolf Movement Certifications. After a leave of absence, she has returned to faculty with fresh ideas and an expanded, re-energized view of our work.

Vivian Jaye was also certified in 1980 and taught the Rolf Movement Certifications until she retired a few years ago. 

Suzanne Picard was certified as a Rolf Movement faculty member recently. She has been on this journey with us since she joined the RISI in 1992. We are delighted to have her knowledge, clarity and delightful spirit with us.



Ten Series Review

  July 12-13, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  AW19.14
  Thomas Walker
  $100.00
paid by 6/20/14 or time of registration
  2 RISI Elective Credits
  Rolf Institute, 5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301
  Thomas Walker: rolfingcenter@mac.com, (970) 870-2888
explorationsinwholeness.com
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105
See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

This class is for those who want to review the 10 series and how each session fulfills the goals of the recipe.

The intention of this 2-day workshop:

1) To review the 10 series as a whole:

2) To examine the following elements of each session:

Session goals
Fascial anatomy
Assessment tools
Positional strategies
Backwork
Movement cues

Armed with multiple descriptions of the recipe, class notes and experiences from the basic training, once many new Rolfers begin practicing, questions and confusions will inevitably arise. This is an opportunity to answer those questions and clarify just exactly what all of those notes mean. We will engage in a deeper inquiry into the recipe by reviewing each session and how each contributes to the overall goals of Rolfing SI. Session reviews will include pre-session assessment, positional strategies, fascial anatomy, backwork and movement cues. Understanding sessions 1-7 will help to make the often confusing integrative sessions of 8-10 more clear concerning their goals and strategies. This class will be mostly lecture and demonstration and will have very little hands on work.

Thomas has been a Rolfer for 27 years and a member of the Rolf Institute faculty since 2004. He truly enjoys teaching basic Rolfing classes and is fascinated by the different learning processes of students. He is able to change his “language” and presentation in order to accommodate learning styles of everyone in the class as well as maintaining enough flexibility in his lecture plan to speak to the needs of the group.

The content of this workshop is part of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore can be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



Explorations in Wholeness™: From Bones to Fluids
Phase 1 - An Introduction to the Fluid Body

  July 18-21, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  AW18.14
  Thomas Walker
  $600.00
$550.00 if a deposit of $200 is received by 7/1/14
  4 RISI Manipulation Credits
  4 Corners Yoga Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave., Durango, CO
  Thomas Walker: rolfingcenter@mac.com, (970) 870-2888
  Jeff Meyer, Myer356@msn.com, 970-403-2259
See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to learn the foundations necessary to develop a broad range of contact (touch) skills to more efficiently work with all the forms of fascia and the fluids in order to enhance the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration.

Science tells us that 70% or more of the adult body is fluid. Yet, when we touch our clients or patients, we primarily relate to the bones, muscles, fascia, etc., which make up the other 30%. We study, memorize and often describe the changes we see in our clients or patients in terms of the 30%. The Explorations in Wholeness™ (EiW) curriculum will teach you the importance of direct interaction with the other 70%, called the“Fluid Body.” Composed of four phases, the curriculum is designed to develop a broad spectrum of touch skills which will expand your understanding of how to contact the body as a whole. The contact skills necessary for easing superficial fascia are different from the skills needed to rehydrate ligaments, untwist a bone or decompress the pleura. You will learn how to shift your perception so that a much broader spectrum of what is under your hands can reveal itself since healthy fascia has a very fluidic quality. As your hands will become more sensitive, you will get more done with less effort. We will study and experience the inherent healing aspect of the Fluid Body and how to work with its ordering and integrating functions.

The intention of this 4-day workshop:

1) To learn to broaden ones range of contact (touch) skills by developing the qualities of touch needed to perceive the various aspects of fascia.

2) To explore these contact skills in order to:

  • refine ones perceptual abilities to determine what quality of contact will most easily allow the body to regain its highest level of function
  • enhance integration.
  • work more efficiently, deeply and effectively with much less effort.       
  • more completely resolve layers of dysfunction and disorganization within all layers of fascia including bones and the ligamentous bed.
  • learn to bring the body’s natural healing resources to injured tissue allowing fascial interventions to be more comprehensive and longer lasting.

3) To introduce the concept of the Fluid Body and its self ordering and organizing functions.

Thomas is a faculty member of the Rolf Institute ® and has been a Rolfer™ for 27 years. He has studied craniosacral therapy since 1993 and has over 900 hours of training in biodynamic cranial sacral therapy. Thomas has spent the last 16 years integrating this knowledge into the Rolfing paradigm and integrates this into all of his sessions and classes.

The content of this workshop is part of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore can be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



Backwork in the Ten Series:
An Introduction to the Biomechanics of the Spine

  July 26-27, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  AW20.14
  Thomas Walker
  $325 after July 1
$275. if paid before July 1
  2 RISI Manipulation Credits
  Rolf Institute, 5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301
  Thomas Walker: rolfingcenter@mac.com, (970) 870-2888
explorationsinwholeness.com
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105
See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

This class is an introduction to the biomechanics of the pelvis and spine and how this knowledge is integrated into the Ten Series.

The intention of this 2-day workshop:

1) To introduce the biomechanics of the pelvis and spine

2) To include this knowledge into the integrative back work of each session

3) To learn positional strategies to enhance myofascial interventions for organizing the axial complex

Just about every client has some disorganization in their spine and pelvis. At the end of each session integration with the spine is included, however if the axial complex is itself disorganized, that integration will be less effective. The basic training doesn’t have time to deepen into the biomechanics of the axial complex. Through lecture, demonstration and hands on experiences you will learn the normal movements of the spine and pelvis, how to assess disorganization and determine the most effective ways to normalize both the structure and function of the axial complex.

Thomas has been a Rolfer for 27 years and a member of the Rolf Institute faculty since 2004. He truly enjoys teaching basic Rolfing classes and is fascinated by the different learning processes of students. He is able to change his “language” and presentation in order to accommodate learning styles of everyone in the class as well as maintaining enough flexibility in his lecture plan to speak to the needs of the group.

The content of this workshop is part of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore can be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



Explorations in Wholeness™: From Bones to Fluids
Phase 1 - An Introduction to the Fluid Body

  August 7-10, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  AW16.14
  Thomas Walker
  $600.00
$550.00 if a deposit of $200 is received by 7/1/14
  4 RISI Manipulation Credits
  Girdwood Community Center, Girdwood, AK
  Thomas Walker: rolfingcenter@mac.com, (970) 870-2888
  Leslie Schudlich: lschudlich@hotmail.com (907)-441-6622
www.explorationsinwholeness.com
See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to learn the foundations necessary to develop a broad range of contact (touch) skills to more efficiently work with all the forms of fascia and the fluids in order to enhance the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration.

Science tells us that 70% or more of the adult body is fluid. Yet, when we touch our clients or patients, we primarily relate to the bones, muscles, fascia, etc., which make up the other 30%. We study, memorize and often describe the changes we see in our clients or patients in terms of the 30%. The Explorations in Wholeness™ (EiW) curriculum will teach you the importance of direct interaction with the other 70%, called the“Fluid Body.” Composed of four phases, the curriculum is designed to develop a broad spectrum of touch skills which will expand your understanding of how to contact the body as a whole. The contact skills necessary for easing superficial fascia are different from the skills needed to rehydrate ligaments, untwist a bone or decompress the pleura. You will learn how to shift your perception so that a much broader spectrum of what is under your hands can reveal itself since healthy fascia has a very fluidic quality. As your hands will become more sensitive, you will get more done with less effort. We will study and experience the inherent healing aspect of the Fluid Body and how to work with its ordering and integrating functions.

The intention of this 4-day workshop:

1) To learn to broaden ones range of contact (touch) skills by developing the qualities of touch needed to perceive the various aspects of fascia.

2) To explore these contact skills in order to:

  • refine ones perceptual abilities to determine what quality of contact will most easily allow the body to regain its highest level of function
  • enhance integration.
  • work more efficiently, deeply and effectively with much less effort.       
  • more completely resolve layers of dysfunction and disorganization within all layers of fascia including bones and the ligamentous bed.
  • learn to bring the body’s natural healing resources to injured tissue allowing fascial interventions to be more comprehensive and longer lasting.

3) To introduce the concept of the Fluid Body and its self ordering and organizing functions.

Thomas is a faculty member of the Rolf Institute ® and has been a Rolfer™ for 27 years. He has studied craniosacral therapy since 1993 and has over 900 hours of training in biodynamic cranial sacral therapy. Thomas has spent the last 16 years integrating this knowledge into the Rolfing paradigm and integrates this into all of his sessions and classes.

The content of this workshop is part of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore can be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



Fascial Integration: Structural-Visceral Approaches to the Mid-Back, Thorax & Diaphragm

  October 3rd and 4th, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm; October 5th, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  AW12.14
  Bruce Schonfeld
  $495 with payment received 60 days in advance.
$595 with payment received 30 days in advance.
$695 with payment received less than 30 days.
  3 RISI Manipulation Credits; 21 CEUs
  Yo San University
13315 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
www.yosan.edu
  Bruce Schonfeld at 310-395-3555, e-mail bruce@advancedrolfing.com, website: www.advancedrolfing.com
  Jim Jones, Director of Education at jjones@rolf.org or 303-449-5903 x105. See Registration and Refund Policy below.

Description:

Structural-Visceral approaches for the Mid-Back, Thorax & Diaphragm primarily balances membranous tension of the pleura and pericardium within the boney thorax. Specifically addressing the membranes and visceral ligaments associated with the heart and lungs, SVMB offers a fresh perspective regarding mobility and order of the thorax. Keeping an eye on the big picture and global relationships, membranous continuity of the thorax, abdomen and cranium are addressed as well.
 
Negotiating better sliding between the container and its contents, SVMB correlates basic joint biomechanics of the thoracic spine, ribs and sternum with underlying mobility of the pleura and pericardium. Corresponding soft tissue strain patterns that accompany spinal rotations will be offset as well. Additional structural components of interest include joint capsules of the thoracic spine, interspinous and inter-transverse spinal ligaments, rotatores, erector spinae and thoracic fascia. Other visceral structures of interest include the esophageal hiatus, suspensory ligaments of the lungs and pleural dome.
 
Pattern recognition of inhalation/exhalation breathing types and improved mobility of the respiratory diaphragm are also primary concerns. The lungs ability to expand and contract unencumbered at the structural-visceral interface is critical to optimal breathing.
 
In concert with keeping a global perspective through holistic assessment, SVMB contextualizes the contents of the thoracic and mediastinal cavities within mobility of the upper extremities. Segmental differentiation between the thorax and shoulder girdle is emphasized. Special attention is paid to the articular chain’s distal connection into the hands and fingers.

Bruce Schonfeld is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner who has taken, assisted and audited the Advanced Rolfing Training four times. Since 1997, he has studied Visceral Manipulation intensively including over 300 hours directly with Jean-Pierre Barral D.O.. He has taught orthopedic applications of Structural Integration since 1996 and been continually inspired through gross anatomical dissection. With an emphasis on the ‘sliding system’ of the membranes and larger visceral ligaments, Bruce has synthesized and developed his dual roots into a user-friendly approach to Systems Structural Integration.

The content of this workshop is outside the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore CANNOT be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



SEEING: There is more to perception than meets the eye

  Thursday, October 9 – Saturday, October. 11, 2014; 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
(Please book your flights so that you can stay till the close of class on Sat.)
  AW17.14
  Jeff Maitland, Ph.D. & Ray McCall, M.A
 

$525

  3 RISI Manipulation Credits
  Phoenix, Arizona (specific location to be announced)
  Ray McCall - raymccall_rolfer@mac.com
Jeff Maitland - jmaitland@cox.net
  Jim Jones, jjones@rolf.org, 303-449-5903 x105
Please see Registration Policy.
  Please see Refund Policy.

Description:

SEEING:
A First of its Kind Workshop in Perception
There is more to perception than meets the eye.

Please notice that what we mean by seeing is not limited to the visual dimension alone. Perception is central to the practice and theory of Rolfing structural integration. Yet, the Rolfer’s eye is probably the most difficult skill to teach – especially when you consider that the standard for this work was set by Dr. Rolf, who, as everyone knows, was possessed of a truly uncanny ability. Dr. Rolf often pointed out to her students that they were looking when they needed to be seeing. But, what does that mean? Unfortunately, we have never had a complete, rigorous, well-developed method or even a consistent way to understand and teach this all-important assessment skill. What has been missing is a step-by-step procedure for cultivating the Rolfer’s way of seeing.

In this first of a kind workshop on perception, you will learn a simple two-step procedure that will easily and straightforwardly deepen and enhance your ways of perceiving. As you learn to perceive through this two-step procedure, you will naturally come to experientially understand the difference between looking and seeing. You will also find yourself spontaneously perceiving much of the territory delineated by the five taxonomies. Although this workshop is not about teaching you new techniques and strategies, as your perceptual skills increase and deepen, you will find yourself spontaneously and naturally creating new techniques and new ways of strategizing sessions. Knowing what to do first, what do next, and when to finish naturally becomes increasingly obvious.

When the doors of perception begin to open, limitations tend to turn into possibilities. Join us for a journey of discovery into the nature of perception. It just might transform your work.

Jeffrey Maitland, Ph. D.
Known as a teacher, author, and innovator, Dr. Maitland was a tenured professor of philosophy at Purdue University before becoming a Rolfer in 1979. He is also an Advanced Rolfing instructor and an ordained Zen monk. Jeff is the author of numerous professional articles on Rolfing SI and philosophy and three books: Spacious Body, Spinal Manipulation Made Simple, and Mind Body Zen. He lives and practices in Scottsdale, Arizona where he continues to explore the depths of our work

Ray McCall, M.A.
Mr. McCall has 36 years experience as a Rolfer. As a member of the RISI Advanced faculty he teaches basic, Advanced and Continuing Education classes both in the States and Abroad. His particular interest is the energetic taxonomy and how change occurs: how we more fully become and express who we are.

The content of this workshop is part the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration’s Standards of Practice and therefore can be considered as Rolfing® Structural Integration.



International Workshops

Workshops offered in Australia

Nothing currently being offered.

Workshops offered in Brazil

Rolf Movement® Certification

  January 20 – February 28, 2014; 9am-6pm
  Monica Caspari
  São Paulo,Brazil
  $ 4,500.00
  7 RISI Manipulation Credits
  lauraberetta535@hotmail.com

Description:

This will be a complete Rolf Movement training in compliance with the new rules of the Rolf Institute. Nevertheless it will be unique because it brings together the following aspects:

  • it will be taught in one big block by the same instructor.
  • it will be based in the teachings of Hubert Godard, with whom the instructor has been studying since 1999.
  • it will use the Recipe, a template you can relate to, as a basis for the teaching and learning process.
  • everything that you will learn will be truly easy useful in your practice with all kinds of clients.
  • instructor will do demos with an outside class client but the students will not give sessions to a regular outside client for two good reasons: 1) you already know how to deal with clients and 2) we need all the time possible to pursue emboyment of the material.

This 30-day Rolf Movement Certification Training in Brazil is the result of more than 20 years of experimentation and exploration of the Brazilian Rolf Movement Faculty on how to teach Rolf Movement to Rolfers who have been already working for a while. This first-time-ever 30-day Rolf Movement Certification is unique in many ways. It will examine the Recipe from the functional point of view, and it will combine the classical Rolf Movement approach and Godard`s Tonic Function theory. More than a method it will teach a way of being for the practitioner.

Workshops offered in Europe

Structural Aging: The Structural Patterns that Age Us – Postural and Functional Breakdowns

  April 3-6, 2014; starts 9:30am on April 3, finishes 4:30pm on April 6
  Valerie Berg
  Cologne, Germany
  € 580,- (early booking until Jan. 15, 2014: € 550,-)
  4 Manipulation
(Outside Workshop; ERA charges a fee of EUR 75,- upon turning in outside workshop credits for Advanced Training requirement)
 

Aman Andres Kohlbach
Nonnenweg 64
51503 Rösrath
Phone: +49-2205-895 09 85
Fax: +49-2205-89 49 08
Email: workshops@koeln-rolfing.de

Registration details/forms are provided from contact above.

Description:

Structural Aging is a term I created to describe the various structural breakdowns that happen at any age. These domino events then create the "aging look“, which some think is inevitable. We, as Structural Integrators have many moments in the ten series and post ten work to intervene and structurally change the aging process. The timing of our ability to talk about this in our client base is perfect. Many of our clients are concerned about the process of aging. This 4 day workshop will look at functionally and structurally how to work with both movement and fascial patterns that we can affect and influence.  The lumbar curves, the loss of head/neck/perceptual relationships, the gait and the spirals of legs and spine will all be addressed.  Specific manipulation work will be taught for aging related issues.

Valerie Berg has been a Certified Rolfer since 1988, Advanced Rolfer since 2000 and a member of the RISI Faculty since2003. She is also a Rolf Movement Practitioner. Her work is influenced by Hubert Godard, Yoga and Modern Dance. She worked in Guatemala for 5 years in the 90s and was exposed to the trauma of war and violence thus began studying Peter Levine's trauma work. This brought her interest in cultural and worldview influences and differences on our structure and function. She continues to study Visceral and Neural work as a component of her practice. She has been practicing in New Mexico for 26 years.  Tango dancing, yoga, hiking, sculling and kayaking keep her moving and interested in the vitality of our bodies continuing through the changes of the years. Her focus over the last 5 years has been on what she calls “Structural Aging”. The joy of movement for the human body is what brought her to be a Rolfer and now continues to be what can be brought to anyone of any age through Structural Integration.

European Post-Advanced Rolfing® Work

  October 25-28 (ends at 1pm) & October 30 (start at 2 pm) – November 2(ends at 4 pm), 2014
  Peter Schwind with Christoph Sommer
  Bologna, Italy
  € 1.470 (early booking until Jan. 15, 2014: € 1.300)
Normal Registration and down payment of € 300 required by: March 15, 2014
  n/a
 

European Rolfing Association
training@rolfing.org

Description:

This class will be continuing the concept we used following the traditional goals of Structural Integration: While dialoguing using touch with the client’s organism, we aim for better structural alignment and better functional coordination. Ideally we enable a person to move more freely while using less muscular efforts and at the same time we provide access to a large scale of expressiveness.

Clarity of analysis, effectiveness of intervention and predictability of the outcome are the signs we will follow while travelling on this road.

The themes we want to highlight will include:

  • the hands and lower arms
  • the cranium, the neck and the tempo-mandibular joint
  • the lumbar spine and pelvis as it relates to the pelvic floor and the legs

Peter Schwind, Ph.D. has been working as a Rolfer in Munich since 1980. As an instructor he has taught basic classes since 1985. He assisted and cotaught several advanced classes since 1991 and was certified as an Advanced Instructor in 1999. Peter has shared his view of working with the human organism by writing several books. Recently his book "Fascial and Membrane Technique"(Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier) has been published in English. Peter`s special interest is to build a bridge between what he considers to be the "classical" approach of Structural Integration and new developments which came up during the last years.

Christoph Sommer is Certified Advanced Rolfer and teacher of the European Modular Format at the European Rolfing Association. He has been practicing in Munich since 1986. Additional training in fascia- and membrane technique (Peter Schwind) has led him to broadening the classical structural perspective. With refined spectrum of touch – communicating with the inner human shape – his work aims at enhancing the potential for movement and human self-expression in the context of gravity.

 

Workshops offered in Japan

coming soon



U.S. Continuing Education and Rolf Movement Workshop Registration and Refund Policy

NOTE: Cost and Credits may be different for non-Rolfers.

Effective 1/2/12. These policies are for the United States Rolf Movement and Continuing Education classes only.

Continuing Education Classes Registration and Payment Policy

50% of the tuition is due at the time of registration. The remaining 50% is due at least 21 days (3 weeks) before the start of class. Check or credit card (Visa, Mater Card, Discover or American Express) are accepted for payments.

*If payments are taken by Jim Jones at RISI:
Contact  Jim Jones, Director of Education, jjones@rolf.org, 303-449-5903 x105
You may pay by check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
To pay by credit card, call Jim’s secure phone line at 303-449-5903 x105 and leave the following credit card information.
(Please speak slowly):
Name on the card
Mailing Address of the statement if different than you mailing address
Credit Card Number
Expiration Date
Last three digits on the back of the card (four digits on front of card if American Express)

DO NOT SEND CREDIT CARD INFO IN AN EMAIL.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Registrant chooses to cancel attendance: If you choose to cancel your registration, a refund will be issued, less a $40 cancellation fee, as long as the class registration coordinator has been notified in person, by phone (person to person, not a voice mail message), or by email within 21 days (3 weeks) from the start of class. No refunds, for any reason, will be issued if cancellation is received with less than 21 days (3 weeks) notice from the start of class.

RISI and/or Instructor chooses to cancel class: We reserve the right to cancel any class within 21 days (3 weeks) from the start of class if enrollment has not met the minimum participant requirements. If the class is cancelled for any reason by RISI or Instructor, all class tuition and fees paid will be refunded. We strongly advise confirming with RISI that the class has a minimum number of students registered before making nonrefundable travel reservations.We will not be held responsible for any loss of travel fees paid.



The Rolf Institute does not discriminate against race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status in admissions or in its education program or activities.

Note: Tuition, fees, class dates/times, class location and faculty are all subject to change. The Rolf Institute attempts to give as much advance notice as possible of any changes.