The word Rolfing is a nickname that stuck to the field of work founded by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, called structural integration. It has commonly become known as Rolfing. The Rolfing Institute is located in Bolder, Colorado. The Rolfing Institute is now registered in 27 countries around the world.
The Rolfing Institute has gained favor over the years because people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing. The Rolfing Institute offers a holistic approach to soft connective tissue manipulation, which over time will bring the body back into a state of balance with the persons center of gravity. The body changes over time due to the effects of gravity, and the body parts can be pulled out of balance. Rolfing brings body and mind back into balance. The Rolfing Institute teaches that the mind, as well as the body needs to be educated to maintain the correction that Rolfing achieved in the clients body.
The Rolfing Institute was founded in 1971; however Dr. Rolf had been working in her field and teaching others, while traveling from place to place around North America from the 1930s on to the 1950s. Dr. Rolf died in 1979, but her work did not die with her. Now there are more than 1500 Rolfing practitioners that are helping people through a non-invasive form of treatment to relieve pain from structural problems related to the body’s connective tissue.
The name of the Rolfing Institute in Bolder, Colorado is the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. There is a Rolfing Institute in Germany called the Rolfing Training Center. Though the names of the schools may differ around the world, there is one commonality; the word Rolfing is a universal word that is registered service mark.
If you are interested in a career as a Rolf practitioner, you will need to contact the Rolfing Institute in Bolder, Colorado. The only way to become a certified Rolfer, the student must graduate from the Rolfing Institute. Other schools that teach massage may teach Rolfing techniques, but they are not certified rolfers.
Training at the Rolf Institute is extensive. Students are needed to have 600 hours of instruction to become certified Rolfers. As people seek out alternative health care, more and more people turn to Rolf practitioners. This is a rewarding profession to be in. Training is very expensive. Total tuition costs between $14,755 and $16,800. The tuition is broken up into the individual classes. The fundamentals are over $3000, the advanced class that follows is $1500. The clinical portion of the course is over $6,000, and other expenses such as housing and books can run from $250 to $500. You can apply for federal student aid to help with expenses.