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FAQ Frequently asked questions

  1. What exactly happens in a Rolfing session?
  2. What is fascia?
  3. What is special about a career in Rolfing?
  4. Do I need special qualifications to become a Rolfer?
  5. What do I need to start my training as a Rolfer?
  6. I have no experience as a bodywork practitioner. Can I still become a Rolfer?
  7. I have a sound background in bodywork. Must I still enrol in Unit 1?
  8. What are the outcomes of the Unit 1 training?
  9. Do I qualify for entering the Rolfing training after I have completed Unit 1?
  10. Once I have completed the Unit 1 training and met all the requirements for training as a Rolfer, what happens next?
  11. What is the central focus of the Unit 2 course?
  12. What happens after Unit 2?
  13. What does Unit 3 entail?
  14. Will I get personal attention in class?
  15. How do I become a member of the Rolfing profession?
  16. How long does it take to become a Rolfer?
  17. Who teaches Rolfing?
  18. When can I start work as a Rolfer?
  19. Can I make a living as a Rolfer in South-Africa?
  20. Can I practice as a Rolfer in other countries?
  21. How can I find out if I would be a good Rolfer?
  22. What additional costs should I expect during the Rolfing Training?
  23. Where else can I train to become a Rolfer?
  24. What additional training will be available to me once I am a Certified Rolfer?
  25. What does the Advanced Rolfing training entail?

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What exactly happens in a Rolfing session?

In the first Rolfing session, Rolfing is described in more detail and any questions answered. An interview discussing health history, reasons for coming to Rolfing and goals for the treatment is held. An assessment of posture is done, with client standing and walking. Work is done combining touch, movement and awareness on the experience. This is done on a Rolfing table, similar to a massage table. Work may also be done while sitting or standing. At the end of the session, the client stands and/or walks again, comparing his experience with bodily experience before the session. There is an opportunity to articulate/describe changes that can be felt/seen with Rolfer.

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What is fascia?

Fascia, or soft connective tissue, envelops supports and connects all body components with each other. Every individual muscle, even each individual muscle fibre, is wrapped in fascia, which attaches and merges into another layer of fascia which wraps bone (periosteum).

Fascia is a highly adaptable form of tissue. It responds to strain (hard work, tension) by shortening, thickening, hardening and dehydrating. As an area shortens, it pulls the bones it attaches into closer to one another. This determines directly our alignment. As it thickens and hardens, we lose range of movement and flexibility in those areas.

Thanks to this remarkable adaptability, these responses to strain can be improved/reversed by the Rolfing type of touch and combination with movement. As the fascia changes by lengthening, softening, regaining its elasticity and responsiveness, the alignment changes and any load gets more evenly spread throughout the whole body.

For more information and up-to-date cutting edge scientific research in this remarkable tissue, see www.fasciaresearch.com, www.fascia2007.com the latter is the website of the first Fascia research congress sponsored by the Rolf Institute, chaired by Dr. Thomas Findley (MD, Rolfer® and scientific researcher) that took place in Oct. 2007 at Harvard Medical School, Boston USA.

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What is special about a career in Rolfing?

Ever wondered what it would be like if you could make a living out of something that you really loved doing that provided a challenging and personally expansive endeavour that has at its root relationship: between people, with oneself, with body, with environment, all rolled into one? (Many of us work during the day; do some form of personal growth practice like yoga, tai chi or meditation practise after hours, but what if our personal practise becomes our profession, to the direct benefit of our clients?)

A career in Rolfing provides you with the opportunity for self employment, whereby you determine the course of your professional career. It allows for freedom of choice and a fulfilling opportunity to engage with people. It offers you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic international community of Rolfers, with the potential to practice your profession all over the world. You can become part of a community dedicated to deepen and expand the work of Rolfing as a cutting edge form of manual therapy with international recognition and high standards of practice.

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Do I need special qualifications to become a Rolfer?

You certainly need special qualities! You will need good communication skills. You will also need maturity of thought and good life skills – which is why the entry requirement for prospective Rolfers has a minimum training age of 25. From an academic point of view you will need to be of university level or able to show that you have had a successful professional career.

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What do I need to start my training as a Rolfer?

The first step to becoming a Rolfer is to experience the ten session process with a certified Rolfer, as well as to experience 5 movement sessions with a certified Rolfing Movement Practitioner.

Being Rolfed provides prospective Rolfers with firsthand experience of the work. It opens the way for an experiential process of learning as well as embodiment of one’s own structure. Experiencing the work from a client’s perspective before embarking on training as a practitioner of Rolfing, will also help clarify if a career in Rolfing is for you. Once you have experienced the work firsthand, you will need to be accepted by the South African Rolfing Association, having met their entry standards.

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I have no experience as a bodywork practitioner. Can I still become a Rolfer?

Yes. If you have no background in body work, you need to enrol in the Unit 1 training (Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration). Unit 1 is designed to fulfil the necessary prerequisites to be trained in the Rolfing method itself. Unit 1 is designed for people with none, or some experience in bodywork.

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I have a sound background in bodywork. Must I still enrol in Unit 1?

No. You qualify for enrolment in the Advanced Unit 1 training. The Advanced Unit 1 training is designed for people with professional qualifications in touch therapy and anatomy, as well as some professional experience practising e.g. Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Aroma therapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. The Advanced Unit 1 meets for 10 days over 2 weeks.

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What are the outcomes of the Unit 1 training?

  • Students gain a high level of competency to work as ‘entry level’ body workers, focussing on connective tissue.
  • Students will have appropriate body use to do bodywork for a long period of time, minimizing strain in their own body and maximising ease.
  • Students will be able to effectively use a wide range of perception, applied to their clients and themselves.
  • Students will start to learn basic structural body analysis.
  • Students will have established a learning feedback loop, allowing them to effectively learn from their own work.
  • Students will have therapeutic relational skills, and be able to, through listening and communication skills, provide a therapeutic environment and safety for a diversity of clients.
  • Students will have recognition of some of their own patterns of movement, and be able to explore ways of making creative options to elaborate and change them.
  • In this training, focus is on prerequisites to learn the Rolfing method effectively; it is not on learning to change structure of clients.
  • Students will receive the anatomical tuition needed to, with home study, write the Anatomy/Kinesiology and Physiology exam which is a prerequisite for entry into the Rolfing Unit 2 training.

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Do I qualify for entering the Rolfing training after I have completed Unit 1?

No, the following requirements need to be met after completing the Unit 1 training, for you to qualify to continue your education as a Rolfer:

  • Write and obtain 75% or higher in the Anatomy/Kinesiology, Physiology exam.
  • Do a minimum of 50 hours documented Skilful Touch bodywork on clients
  • Write a paper answering 20 Anatomical questions (40-60 pages).
  • Fulfil any additional requirements as set out by instructors at end of Unit 1, where applicable.
  • Apply and get accepted into the South African Rolfing training. All admissions are co-ordinated with the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Co.USA.

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Once I have completed the Unit 1 training and met all the requirements for training as a Rolfer, what happens next?

You proceed to the Unit 2 training, which focuses on teaching the Embodiment of Rolfing.

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What is the central focus of the Unit 2 course?

In this class students learn the ten-series in great depth and detail. The emphasis is on embodiment, letting the effects of Rolfing ‘sink in’, while learning how to facilitate a classic Rolfing process of ten sessions. In this environment, students have the time and ideal environment to really immerse themselves in the experiential aspects of Structural Integration.

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What happens after Unit 2?

A paper with experiential and anatomical focus on the ten series of Rolfing® Structural Integration is required. If required by your unit 2 instructors, you might need to do a supervised tutorial with a cert. Rolfer, taking a client through whole ten series under supervision. Once you have met these requirements, you can proceed to enrol for Unit 3.

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What does Unit 3 entail?

Unit three is the final step in your process of becoming a Certified Rolfer. Once you have completed Unit 3 and met all the requirements to be considered a successful candidate, you are a Certified Rolfer. Unit 3 focuses on the Clinical Application of Rolfing Structural Integration.

This training meets for 34 days over 8 weeks. Each student takes three clients through a complete ten-series treatment, and one of these clients get an additional 3 movement sessions. They also see two instructors demonstrate the ten-series (dependant on enrolment – teacher to student ratio of 1:8) and continue with the anatomical fascia continuities and relationships in the body. The emphasis is on preparing students for a successful and fulfilling profession in practising Rolfing SI with a wide diversity of clients. Practice building and maintenance forms a part of this training.

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Will I get personal attention in class?

Yes! The teacher-student ratio in the Unit 1 class is 1-11, and in the Unit 2 and 3 it is 1:8 to ensure plenty of personal attention. The classroom atmosphere is supportive, allowing participants to learn from each other’s skills.

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How do I become a member of the Rolfing profession?

Upon successful completion of the training and certification, the Rolfer becomes a member of the International Rolf Institute, allowing them to practice using the Rolfing trademark, and adhering to the standards of practise and relevant ethics requirements.

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How long does it take to become a Rolfer?

The South African training is an intensive training that allows you to become a Rolfer in the minimum time required. Your training process is spread over 13 months, after which you are ready to become a Certified Rolfer and to start your Rolfing practice. (Most students internationally choose to spread their 3 units of training over 18-24 months.)

The practice of Rolfing means ongoing learning. Being a Rolfer demands a continuous process of learning and development, through the work itself, continuing education, interaction with colleagues and research.

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Who teaches Rolfing?

Qualified Rolfing instructors approved by the Rolf Institute who have successfully undergone in-depth teacher training. (For a list of international faculty, see www.rolf.org). Rolfing instructors get evaluated by the Faculty Development and Review Board biannually, to ensure that they remain up to the highest standards.

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When can I start work as a Rolfer?

After you have successfully completed your Unit 3 Rolfing Training.

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Can I make a living as a Rolfer in South-Africa?

You can make a very good living. The profession of Rolfing allows you to create a practice tailored around your own life situation, needs and abilities. Rolfing can be your full time profession, or you can choose to practice part-time. Currently, a full time Rolfing practitioner with a full practice in South-Africa can expect to earn between R25 000 and R45 000 per month. Rolfers starting out, charge around R300 – R370 per Rolfing session. Advanced Rolfers charge around R400 – R450 per session. To practice Rolfing, you must remain a member of the Rolf institute and abide by its standards of practice.

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Can I practice as a Rolfer in other countries?

Rolfing is practiced in over 26 countries and is established in America, Canada, Europe, South-America, Japan, UK and Australia. There is vast scope for this work to spread and grow internationally. Countries have different laws with regards to practicing touch therapies.

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How can I find out if I would be a good Rolfer?

The training guides one in the ways of HOW one can become a good Rolfer. There is plenty of feedback from teachers and the learning environment in this regard. You can also speak with your Rolfer who will be able to advise you.

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What additional costs should I expect during the Rolfing Training?

You should expect to pay for accommodation, food, books, travel and any incidental expenses you may incur.

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Where else can I train to become a Rolfer?

Training happens in six schools; USA, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Australia and South Africa. The curriculum is compatible, allowing a student to take any unit at any school. Many students choose to travel to a different school for each unit of training. Faculty move around internationally to provide the education and to ensure consistency of standards at different schools. This provides one of the features of this experience: diversity in the classroom. Please note that cost of trainings might differ from location to location.

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What additional training will be available to me once I am a Certified Rolfer?

A wide range of continuing education workshops are held worldwide to supply a rich enquiry into the nature of integration of the body, with many technique oriented, movement oriented, alleviation-of-specific-condition oriented, integration oriented, and deepening understanding of what was learned in the training. These workshops, combined with building experience as a practitioner, helps prepare you for the Advanced Rolfing training.

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What does the Advanced Rolfing training entail?

Prerequisites

  1. Certification as a Rolfer.
  2. A minimum of three years in Rolfing practice.
  3. Eighteen days approved continuing education.

In order to maintain affiliation with The Rolf Institute, this course must be completed within seven years of initial Rolfing certification, or within nine years if one first completes the Rolf Movement Integration training. CE credits must fulfill certain categories.

Objectives

This training emphasizes how to make more precise and subtle distinctions and how to recognize and manipulate specific kinds of motion restrictions, including myofascia, articular (joints), and functional. Working outside of the Ten-Series is emphasized.

Class Format

Class meets four days per week, either for six consecutive weeks, or in two three-week segments, spaced three to six months apart.

The Advanced Rolfing Training is a forum for refinement and development of the work through a deeper examination of the diverse aspects of Rolfing, with Rolfers bringing their practice experiences into the classroom setting. The Advanced Rolfing Training provides a format for examining the energetic processes that are a fundamental part of the client-practitioner equation. Each Rolfer learns how to use these processes consciously and intentionally. The focus is on being able to meet the specific structural, functional and energetic needs of the individual client. Attention is also directed to these same aspects of the practitioner's process. This training is designed to bring a deeper level of understanding to the Rolfer and his/her clinical practice.

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Uploaded 05 October 2008, www.rolfing.co.za, editor: Eugenie Grobler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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