FAQs

Below you will find the questions we get asked the most about Rolfing® and our courses. If your question isn't answered below please contact us.

For whom is Rolfing appropriate and helpful?     

Rolfing can help people of all ages. Its goal is to improve body structure, posture, and movement. This is why it is possible to apply Rolfing® for all types of discomfort that have their origins in these areas. It can treat:

  • Back pain
  • Neck tensions
  • Postural defects
  • Headaches
  • Problems with the hips, in the knees, or with the feet
  • Mobility restricted by relieving postures after accidents or operations

Athletes who want to achieve more efficient movement sequences benefit from Rolfing as well. This is also true for people who want to expand their body awareness and possibilities of expression, such as musicians, dancers, and actors.

Additionally, Rolfing is also suitable for anyone who wants to make lasting improvements to their health and well-being. Read more.

How can I tell if a Rolfer® has completed their training at the Dr Ida Rolf Institute® Europe?     

Rolfing is the branded Structural Integration Method developed by Dr. Ida Rolf. Only those who have completed their training at the Dr Ida Rolf Institute® Europe or the Dr Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI) in Boulder, USA or at a partner organization are allowed to call themselves Rolfer® (Certified Rolfer®, Certified Advanced Rolfer®).

Dr Ida Rolf Institute® Europe is the only school in Europe that offers training licensed by the Rolf Institute. The same is true for the Rolf Movement™ Practitioner.

What is special about Rolfing?

Rolfing is holistic, process oriented body work. Dr. Ida Rolf called her work “Structural Integration” and developed a series of ten sessions that build upon one another systematically.

The Rolfer always takes the entire body, as well as structural and functional relationships into account. During 10 sessions (10-session series) the entire fascia network of the body is addressed – with the goal of aligning it ideally in relation to gravity.

Rolfing differs from other methods because it takes gravity and its importance for our well being into account.

Ida Rolf recognized early on that gravity plays an essential role as an organizing element for body structure, movement coordination, special perception, and even human expression. Read more.

What happens during a Rolfing session?

Every session begins with a short observation phase. The Rolfer asks the client to stand, to breathe deeply, to walk a few steps, or to sit down, for example. Then the client lies on a padded table, similar to a massage table.

The Rolfer delicately works on the fascia in a specific body area while applying precise pressure.

The client supports the effect through active movements and thereby also learns new movement patterns. Old habits that have a lasting effect on well-being are thus slowly eliminated.

How many sessions do I need?

This depends on your personal goals. To release specific tensions at least temporarily, 1 to 3 sessions can suffice.

However, if you want a lasting change in your overall well-being, the European Rolfing® Association e.V. (ERA) recommends the classic 10-session series that Dr. Ida Rolf developed, in which each session builds upon the progress achieved in the previous one. Read more.

Are the benefits of Rolfing sessions long-lasting?

If you ask individual clients about Rolfing, it depends, among other aspects, on how well they can engage with their own body and the changes.

Apart from the manual work with the fascia, Rolfing is also about refining the client’s body awareness and replacing unhealthy movement patterns through healthier ones.

The newly refined body awareness allows clients to quickly identify and correct returning old patterns, even after the series have been complete.

Is Rolfing suitable for children?

Rolfing can help infants and children with a variety of problems. Sessions for children are usually shorter and time between sessions are longer.

A common misunderstanding about Rolfing Structural Integration is that its main value is in correcting long-standing structural patterns. Rolfing can also serve as a preventative measure to minimize potentially problematic patterns in the young. One of the things children learn from watching us is how we carry ourselves, and they will naturally imitate their parent's language, movement and other modes of expression. These patterns can be seen in family photos and are as much a part of a child's makeup as his hair color, height and predisposition to certain hereditary illnesses. Rolfing can begin to correct patterns, such as posture imbalances which may limit the child's development and mobility.

Also, when children are injured from falls or minor accidents, they may seem to be fine on the outside once the cut or bruise has healed. However, as Dr. Rolf pointed out, they are not really the same. Minor changes have taken place in the connective tissue, in their joints and in the muscles that were injured. Small tears or pulls cause the tissue to thicken. Soon, muscles begin to adhere to each other and are less able to function as discrete entities. These changes may express themselves as a slight limp, lower energy, a decrease in range of motion or strength.

Early intervention by a Rolfer aware of the unique needs of infants and children can make a profound difference in a child's awareness, comfort level and self-esteem. The importance of receiving loving supportive touch in and of itself is of immeasurable value to a developing child. Rolfing, however, can accomplish so much more, creating palpable change in the child's connective tissue matrix. We have also found that adolescents who receive Rolfing during and after puberty, a time of great insecurity and emotional turmoil for most of us, frequently experience, in addition to the obvious structural benefits, a profound effect on their awareness and level of comfort in their rapidly changing body and mind.

Are there exceptions when I can't get Rolfing?

If you feel ill, of course you should consult your general practitioner. Rolfing is not suitable for certain conditions, such as inflammations and tumours.

How can I find a Rolfer near me?      

You can find a list of certified Rolfers® in Europe on our Find a Rolfer page.

How much does one session cost?

The costs vary according to region and country, and depend on whether the Rolfer is a Certified Rolfer® or an Advanced Rolfer®.

In Germany, fees vary between 80 and 120 Euros per hour. Due to the different wage levels in European countries, a session costs around 60 Euros in Eastern Europe and up to 180 Euros in Switzerland.

Please inquire with your health insurance, whether costs are covered. In some countries and some health insurances, this is possible.

How can I become a Rolfing model and what do I have to note? 

Read all of the information on our How to be a Rolfing Model page.

What are our Covid-19 Security Guidelines? 

The European Rolfing® Association encourages everyone to consider others at all times in your planning during this crisis and the period to follow.

We all share responsibility for the well-being of each other and must act accordingly.

In order to ensure the safety of students, instructors, models and employees in the immediate vicinity, please read our Covid-19 Security Guidelines carefully.

Where can I find the best accommodation in and around Munich during your training?

You can find some of our recommended accommodation on our Accommodation page. After registration, a list of private housing will also be provided to you in your confirmation email.