Rolfing® Training FAQ
Training in a Nutshell
What is special about Rolfing?
Rolfing promotes the idea that there is an optimal individual alignment for each individual relative to the Earth's gravity field. In this more aligned state, the body can function most economically, which in turn promotes a sense of ease and well-being. Through this we may optimise our individual sense of health, in line with Dr. Rolf’s belief that there is an inherent individual 'best alignment.'
What is the content of the training?
There is a combination of class work, observation, practical application, study and hands on practice under supervision. All Basic Rolfing Training classes are guaranteed to have a maximum of 10 to 1 students to instructor ratio. The quality of the training is exceptional and you will be fully guided through each stage with regular feedback sessions with your instructors.
Do I need special qualifications to become a Rolfer?
You certainly need special qualities! You will need natural communication skills. You will also need maturity of thought and good life skills – which is why the ERA 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.
What do I need to start the training?
You will need to be accepted by the ERA, having met their entry standards and you must have received a Rolfing ten series and five sessions of Rolf Movement – or three movement sessions and attendance at a movement workshop. The ERA can put you in touch with a practitioner in your area. At the end of the first training phase, the Admissions Committee of the ERA will decide whether or not you are accepted into the next phase of the training.
How can I fit Rolfing into my life and work?
The training program is designed with your life commitments in mind. You may choose to either undergo the majority of your training in an intensive format (offered at our training center in Munich) or by module (currently offered in Munich and in Bologna, Italy) – depending on which is most suitable to you.
How much does the training cost?
Your training is an important investment in your future – just like acquiring any other asset for a new venture.
The costs are reflective of the specialised school of thought you will be entering.
In general you may expect to pay around 14,000 -15,000 Euros.
How long does it take to become a Rolfer?
It’s a lifelong learning experience - but if you choose to train with the intensive format you could start your Rolfing practice in under two years – while you continue your learning.
Who teaches Rolfing?
Qualified Rolfing instructors approved by the ERA and by the Rolf Institute who have demonstrated that they have extremely high standards and an ability to communicate ideas to others. Your ERA and Rolf Institute approved instructors ensure your qualifications.
Is there a final exam?
There is currently no exam. The philosophy of the training is such that you will receive regular feedback on your progress during individual mid-term and final interviews with the teachers. Any issues of concern will be brought to your attention during the training. In the future a final examination may be introduced.
When can I start work as a Rolfer?
After you have completed your Basic Rolfing Training – but your learning with the ERA continues.
Can I make a living as a Rolfer?
Rolfing can either be full-time or supplement other employment. As a self-employed private practitioner, the decision is yours. To practice you must remain a member of the ERA and abide by its standards of practice. As a member you will be entitled to use the registered service mark ‘Rolfing®’ and the distinctive ‘Little Boy’ logo, recognised worldwide.
How can I find out if I would be a good Rolfer?
Your instructors will guide you. Throughout your training you will receive thorough feedback. You will learn the best communication methods for you and your instructor will offer honest advice. You may also like to engage with the ERA’s Orientation courses and Spectrum Rolfing, which will introduce you to the field of Rolfing and give you a sense of its purpose and direction.
I have no experience with bodywork; can I still become a Rolfer?
Yes. The Rolfing Pretraining program is designed for people interested in Rolfing who do not have the necessary educational background in bodywork. If the ERA really determined that you needed more educational foundation work prior to starting the training, they would be clear and discuss this with you.
How do I apply for the training?
In writing to the ERA in Munich including your CV, copies of all academic certificates, and proof of undergoing the necessary Rolfing sessions which will be provided by your Rolfer. You are also required to send a description of your own experience while receiving Rolfing and why you are interested in entering the profession. And you have to write an admission paper. Please ask at the Munich office for the application package and deadlines.
Am I allowed to practice Rolfing anywhere in the world?
Like other bodywork methods, the laws regarding Rolfing differ from country to country and the ERA can advise you on your specific career plans.
Is there Rolfing training near where I live?
Rolfing training of the ERA is currently only offered in Munich (Intensive and Modular) and in Italy (Modular only). The ERA plans to launch a Modular training in the UK starting in 2011.
What is the teaching language?
Training in the intensive format is offered in English. In the modular format training is in English or English with translation of the spoken word into German every 3rd year. In Italy the modular format is offered in Italian. There are plans to offer more language options in the future.
I would like to start Rolfing training immediately.
What do I need to do?
Contact the ERA and discuss your next step. The easiest way is to fill in the registration form.
Is there a continuing education process after certification as
As you would expect of any credible practice, advancement is essential. After you earn your Advanced certification you will return to the institute at least every two years to get aquainted with the latest thinking and techniques.
What is the difference between intensive and modular training?
Whichever route you choose you earn the same qualification. It is simply a matter of the modular training being spread over a greater time period. To earn your first certificate with the intensive format takes approximately one year. In modular format this is spread over two years.
I cannot get leave from my job for long periods of time.
Can I still do the Rolfing Training?
In this situation, the modular format may be a better option for you. By discussing your concerns with the ERA and your current employer, you may be able to find a way to attend all the training.
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.
I have more questions. Who can I contact?
The ERA has a dedicated team of people to answer any queries you may have. They can be reached from Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 1:00 pm by calling +49 - (0)89 - 54 37 09 - 40.
If I start in Germany, is it possible to do part of my training in
another country (or vice versa)?
It is possible. Rolfing is a global practice and training at both the basic and advanced level is available in Germany, the USA, Brazil and Australia – but the modular training is currently only available in Europe and must be completed in the country in which it started.
Do I need the Spectrum or the Orientation Workshop?
This should be discussed with the ERA who will advise you on your best course of action to ensure you receive all the training you require, delivered in the way best suited to your circumstances.
Which cost do I have to pay if I cancel a course?
The following cancellation fees apply: Cancellation up to two months before start 10% of the full tuition. Cancellation until three weeks before start: 50 % of the full tuition. Cancellation less then three weeks before start and no-shows: 100 % of the tuition.
Is there a minimum number of participants?
Yes. Depending on the workshop/training: If a certain minimum number is not reached, workshops can be cancelled.
Is it a problem if I cannot attend the whole training?
Yes, because there is a 100%-attendance-rule. Only the teacher can give you dispensation if there is an important reason. Based on the teacher’s decision you have to rework lectures independently and on your own cost.