Advanced Certification

The Advanced Rolfing® Training consists of 168 hours designed to help you develop and deepen your understanding and effectiveness as a Rolfer™. It is also an opportunity to explore the latest developments in our work.


Date Event
10.05.2021 — 27.07.2021
Italian Advanced Rolfing® Training 2021   Instructor: Pierpaola Volpones
Language: Italian   Location: Torriana, Torriana Italy
05.07.2021 — 07.10.2021
European Advanced Rolfing® Training 2021   Instructor: Peter Schwind, Juan Velez
Language: English   Location: Chisao Leipzig, Leipzig
European Advanced Rolfing® Training 2022   Instructor: Jonathan Martine, Rita Geirola
Language: English   Location: European Rolfing® Association e.V. (ERA) Training Center, Munich DE


This program emphasizes how to make more precise and subtle distinctions as well as how to recognize and manipulate specific kinds of motion restrictions, including myofascial, articular, and functional. Working outside of the Ten-Series is emphasized.

Specific goals of the Advanced Training are to allow you to design your sessions for the individual and immediate needs of your client without having to resort to a recipe at any level and to allow you to be more effective with less effort. In order to accomplish these goals, the instructors will be exploring the following:

  • A principle-centered decision making process which can be used to complement and/or replace all formulistic recipes (basic and advanced).
  • A systematic approach to mobilizing all the major joints of the body (so that correcting local dysfunctions becomes seamlessly integrated into the holistic approach of Rolfing SI).
  • An exploration of the viscera and the internal cavities of the body, their contents, pressures and pulls.
  • A more comprehensive approach to evaluating the whole person based on our structural, functional and psycho-biological taxonomies.
  • A way of developing a more gentle and precise sense of touch that integrates direct/indirect techniques.
  • How to accurately sense from a distance.
  • The therapeutic environment and its importance in the context of Rolfing SI.
  • How to cultivate the delicate and yet profound state from which effective and grace-full Rolfing occurs.

Instructors & Learning Experience

The Advanced Training offers a unique learning environment in several ways:

  • It is always taught by an Advanced Faculty member as lead instructor, and another Faculty member as well.
  • It blends a mix of core curriculum with the unique insights and skills of the Instructors.
  • Each Advanced Training offers a unique learning experience that differs with each combination of Instructors.
  • The experience of each participant adds additional depth to the learning experience as you work with experienced colleagues.

IMG_1886Format & Methods

Advanced Rolfing Training is a 168 hour course, divided into 24 days that may be arranged in one of several formats.  The ERA uses two formats:  Intensive (one contiguous period) and Modular (two periods – one being learning and practice, the other being clinical practice with models).

The Advanced Rolfing Certification Program is a forum for refinement and development of the work through a deeper examination of the diverse aspects of Rolfing SI, with Rolfers bringing their experiences from their private practice into the classroom setting. The Advanced Rolfing Certification Program provides a format for examining the processes that are a fundamental part of the client-practitioner equation. Each Rolfer™ learns a more gentle and precise sense of touch that integrates direct/indirect techniques. The focus is on being able to meet the specific structural and functional needs of the individual client. Attention is also directed to these same aspects of the practitioner’s own process. This program is designed to bring a deeper level of understanding to the Rolfer™ and his/her clinical practice.


Members are required to take the Advanced Training after three to seven years of full-time equivalent practice. If a Rolfer™ elects to complete his/her Rolf Movement® Certification, then the time is extended to nine years.

  1. Certification as a Rolfer™.
  2. A minimum of three years full-time Rolfing practice; limited practice will be assessed as a half-year only.
  3. Members are required to accumulate a required number of Continuing Education credits over the three to seven year period allowed to enroll in the Advanced Training.  Because of evolving requirements over the next several years, the ERA will be applying the following criteria for satisfying the CE credits:

For the 2020 Advanced Rolfing Training and beyond — 18 Continuing Education Credits

  • 10 Intermediate Required (manipulation) Credits*, taught by a Rolfing Faculty instructor.
  • 5 Movement Credits, taught by a Rolf Movement™ instructor.
  • 3 Elective Credits**, taught by an approved instructor.

* Specific mandatory Continuing Education Credits as per the recently published RISI Continuing Education Policy will be required of Rolfers Certifying during or after 2017.  All Rolfers who Certified before 2017 will not have to fulfill the Intermediate Required Credit requirement and can substitute the current 9 Manipulation and 3 Internal Motion CE credits instead. Furthermore, any credits taken more than 7 years prior to the planned Training will not be counted as valid CE credits to meet the admission requirements.

** Elective Credits may also include additional manipulation or movement coursework beyond the specific Intermediate and Movement credits noted above.

If an applicant has not completed the required CE credits for admission to the Advanced Training they may apply for a waiver to the ERA Office. However, before receiving the Advanced Certification every person must have complete all the applicable CE requirements.