Level 1 - Myofascial Foundation

Summary

The Myofascial Foundation (Level 1) is our flexible introduction to the world of bodywork from a Rolfing perspective and is open to everyone.

You'll gain a solid understanding of myofascial bodywork and movement principles. Explore the curriculum through three core topics Touch, Movement and Anatomy. 

This page explains who the workshops are for, what you'll learn.

Who these workshops are for

Start with these workshops if you:

  • have no previous experience in myofascial bodywork and want to find out if it is right for you

  • want to explore the benefits of myofascial bodywork for your own wellbeing. 

  • work as a manual therapist, osteopath, or pilates or yoga instructor and want to expand your professional skills

  • are a singer, dancer or actor and want to explore how myofascial bodywork can help improve your technique and delivery

  • are a psychotherapists or coaches who would like to establish a connection to the body within your work

  • are thinking about a career in Rolfing – as these workshops count towards the credits you need to move to Level 2 training

Foundation towards Rolfing training

The workshops help qualify you for Level 2 - Structural Fascial Bodywork.

Workshop topics

Workshops are grouped into three topics:

Movement

You can choose from three stages

Movement workshop 1: the dynamics of posture
Movement workshop 2: the dynamics of breathing
Movement workshop 3: the dynamics of walking

The Movement workshops are great to: 

  • find out if myofascial bodywork is right for you
  • expand your professional skills if you’re a manual therapist, osteopath, or pilates or yoga instructor
  • gain the skills and collect the credits you need to continue training for a career in Rolfing

You’ll learn about:

  • posture as a dynamic process in gravity
  • how breathing involves the whole body and what could inhibit a free-flowing breath
  • the dynamics of walking and how all parts of your body work together to create stability and mobility
Anatomy

You can choose from three stages

Anatomy workshop 1: support from foot to pelvis
Anatomy workshop 2: expression through shoulder girdle, hands and face
Anatomy workshop 3: sensing from the core

The Anatomy workshops are great to: 

  • find out if myofascial bodywork is right for you
  • expand your professional skills if you’re a manual therapist, osteopath, or pilates or yoga instructor
  • gain the skills and collect the credits you need to continue training for a career in Rolfing

You’ll learn about:

  • the basics of human anatomy
  • using your fingers and hands to explore the body through touch (also called ‘palpation’)
Touch

You can choose from three stages

Touch workshop 1: discovering the fascial net of the lower body
Touch workshop 2: exploring the fascial net of the upper body
Touch workshop 3: interacting with the fascial net of the trunk

The Touch workshops are great to: 

  • find out if myofascial bodywork is right for you
  • expand your professional skills if you’re a manual therapist, osteopath, or pilates or yoga instructor
  • gain the skills and collect the credits you need to continue training for a career in Rolfing

You’ll learn about:

  • the body’s fascial connective tissue system 
  • using your fingers and hands to explore the body through touch (also called ‘palpation’)
  • feeling different layers of the body, like the skin, fascia, muscles and bones
  • understanding movement patterns and posture

How to choose the workshop that's right for you

You can book individual Level 1 courses at any time, for further training or to try them out. For taster courses, we recommend the 1 course (Movement 1, Anatomy 1 or Touch 1).

If you work as a physiotherapist, osteopath or massage therapist, please send an emailrequest to Andrea Nossem under contact@rolfing.org or call 089 543 709 - 43. Based on your training and professional activity, we will find out if you might reduce the number of needed courses out of the offered 9 courses.

These workshops are also the compulsory ones if you plan to continue training towards Level 2 - Structural Fascial Bodywork.

What to expect in class

During the workshops: 

  • you're taught using a mix of practical exercises and theory

  • you’ll work in pairs or small groups to explore and practice the course content

  • you'll get plenty of support as there'll be one teacher for every 12 students and no more than 24 students per class

  • your teacher is a faculty member of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute Europe

  • there’ll be some preparatory reading and homework

Please note that teaching material is often handed out in English. As the origin of Dr. Ida Rolf as well as the Rolfing training is in the USA, many scientific texts are only available in English!

What you'll receive at the end

For each workshop that you complete, you'll receive a confirmation of participation.
You will receive a certificate for participation in the Myofascial Foundation if you have attended all the required workshops.

It counts towards your credits to be admitted to Level 2 training (the next step on your way to certification as a Rolfer).

Locations and languages

We run the Myofascial workshops at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute in Munich and at some of our partner schools. Currently, you can choose from courses in English, German and Italian. See all courses.

Costs

The cost per workshop is 580 EUR unless otherwise stated.

Workshop stages

In each topic, you'll explore the curriculum in three stages, each stage building on what you learnt. Each workshop focuses on a particular part of the body, set of skills or concepts. Depending on your previous experience, you may be able to start at stage 2 or 3, see 'How to choose the workshop that's right for you'. 

Meet your teachers

Your teachers are part of the faculty of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute Europe with years of international experience as Advanced Rolfers. They’re leaders in their field and all have completed the rigorous teacher training at the European Rolfing Association e.V. They're committed to providing you with individual feedback and help you gain confidence with key concepts and new skills. View our Faculty.

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school Kathrin Grobelnik
Language: German
 "Entdecken des Fasziennetzwerkes von den Füßen zum Becken" Dies ist der erste von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Nicola Carofiglio
Language: German
"Die Dynamik des Atmens" Dies ist der zweite von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Gerhard Hesse
Language: English
"Support from foot to pelvis" It's the first of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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The Level 1, Myofascial Foundation includes the following course: Anatomy 1 from Fri 18.11. - Sun 20.11.2022 Touch 1 form Fri 13.01. - Sun 15.01.2023 Movement 1 from Fri 24.02. - Sun 26.02.2023 Anatomy 2 from Fri 24.03. - Sun 26.03.2023 Touch 2 form Fri 28.04. - Sun 30.04.2023 Movement 2 from Fri…
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school Thomas Sonnleitner
Language: German
"Expression durch Hand, Arme, Gesicht und Schultern" Dies ist der zweite von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Andrea Clusen
Language: English
"Discovering the fascial net of the lower body" It's the first of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school Kathrin Grobelnik
Language: German
 "Erspüren der faszialen Zusammenhänge im Oberkörper" Dies ist der zweite von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Nicola Carofiglio
Language: German
"Die Dynamik des Gehens" Dies ist der dritte von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Rita Geirola
Language: English
" The dynamics of posture" It's the first of three movement workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school
Language: German
"Die Dynamik der Körperhaltung" Dies ist der erste von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Das modulare Training ermöglicht Ihnen, die Ausbildung berufsbegleitend zu absolvieren. Sie können aus den gesamten 9 Level 1 Kursen auch einen Einzelkurs buchen, dieser kostet 580 Euro. Hierzu empfehlen wir die 1er Kurse, also Movement 1, Anatomie 1 und/oder Touch 1.   1er Kurse vom 10.März - 25…
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school Thomas Sonnleitner
Language: German
"Zentrale Strukturen - Wirbelsäule, Bauch und Rumpf" Dies ist der dritte von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Konrad J. Obermeier
Language: English
"Expression through shoulder girdle, hands and face" It's the second of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school
The Intensive training allows you to complete the training in the quickest time possible alternatively, you can also book each class individually. A single 3-day workshop costs 580 Euro.  This Intensive program includes all of the following courses: Part 1: Fri 24.03. - Mon 03.04.2023 (1740 Euro…
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school Nicola Carofiglio
Language: English
" The dynamics of posture" It's the first of three movement workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Gerhard Hesse
Language: English
"Support from foot to pelvis" It's the first of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Rita Geirola
Language: English
"Discovering the fascial net of the lower body" It's the first of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Kathrin Grobelnik
Language: German
"Arbeiten mit dem Fasziennetz des Rumpfes" Dies ist der dritte von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school France Hatt-Arnold
Language: English
"Exploring the fascial net of the upper body" It's the second of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school
Language: German
"Support vom Fuss und Bein ins Becken" Dies ist der erste von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school France Hatt-Arnold
Language: English
"The dynamics of breathing" It's the second of three movement workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school
Language: German
 "Entdecken des Fasziennetzwerkes von den Füßen zum Becken" Dies ist der erste von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Das modulare Training ermöglicht Ihnen, die Ausbildung berufsbegleitend zu absolvieren. Level 1 umfasst gesamt 9 Einzelkurse zu je 3 Tagen. Alle Kurse gehen von Freitag - Sonntag. 1er Kurse: 21. Juli - 15. Okt 2023 Movement 1 vom 21.07. - 23.07.2023 Anatomie 1 vom 26.08. - 28.08.2023 Touch 1 vom…
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school Gerhard Hesse
Language: English
"Sensing from the core" It's the third of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school
Das modulare Training ermöglicht Ihnen, die Ausbildung berufsbegleitend zu absolvieren. Jeden der 9 Kurse können Sie auch Einzeln buchen. Ein 3-Tagesworkshop kostet 580 Euro.   1er Kurse: 21. Juli - 15. Okt 2023 Movement 1 vom 21.07. - 23.07.2023 Anatomie 1 vom 26.08. - 28.08.2023 Touch 1 vom 13.…
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school
Language: German
"Die Dynamik der Körperhaltung" Dies ist der erste von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Nicola Carofiglio
Language: English
"The dynamics of breathing" It's the second of three movement workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Nicola Carofiglio
Language: English
"The dynamics of walking" It's the third of three movement workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Gerhard Hesse
Language: English
"Expression through shoulder girdle, hands and face" It's the second of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Gerhard Hesse
Language: English
"Sensing from the core" It's the third of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Kathrin Grobelnik
Language: English
"Exploring the fascial net of the upper body" It's the second of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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school Kathrin Grobelnik
Language: English
"Interacting with the fascial net of the the trunk" It's the third of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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school France Hatt-Arnold
Language: English
"Interacting with the fascial net of the the trunk" It's the third of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school
Language: German
"Support vom Fuss und Bein ins Becken" Dies ist der erste von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school Pierpaola Volpones
Language: English
"The dynamics of walking" It's the third of three movement workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.   To register, please click on REGISTER button. You will then be transfered to Esoterra Website, please finalise your registration and payment there.
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school
Language: German
 "Entdecken des Fasziennetzwerkes von den Füßen zum Becken" Dies ist der erste von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Language: German
"Die Dynamik des Atmens" Dies ist der zweite von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Language: German
"Expression durch Hand, Arme, Gesicht und Schultern" Dies ist der zweite von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Language: German
 "Erspüren der faszialen Zusammenhänge im Oberkörper" Dies ist der zweite von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Language: German
"Die Dynamik des Gehens" Dies ist der dritte von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Language: German
"Zentrale Strukturen - Wirbelsäule, Bauch und Rumpf" Dies ist der dritte von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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school
Language: German
"Arbeiten mit dem Fasziennetz des Rumpfes" Dies ist der dritte von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.