Rolf Movement™ Certification

Through Rolf Movement™ clients learn how to sense, befriend and integrate gravity in their movement. From simple breathing and walking to more complex movement coordination, clients discover alternatives that free expressiveness and promote balance. Once secure and stable in themselves, clients discover that movement can be economical, powerful and fluid.


Date Event
22.08.2020 — 26.10.2021
European Rolf Movement™ Certification Training 2020-2021   Instructor: Rita Geirola,France Hatt-Arnold, Pierpaola Volpones, Herve Baunard
Language: English   Location: European Rolfing® Association e.V. (ERA) Training Center, Munich DE
The History of Rolf Movement™

In the 1960s, the American biochemist, Dr. Ida Rolf, the founder of Rolfing® SI, was already discovering that gravity and fascia play an important role for upright posture and economical movement. “Put it where it belongs and ask for movement” – this statement by Dr. Ida Rolf indicates how important it is that the body prepares itself ideally for each movement.

Applied when clients lie on the table, sit on a chair, or stand on their feet and are asked to do a specific movement, Rolfers™ re-inform fascia through their hands-on work, enhancing new perception of the body while clients move within the context of gravity.

When Dr. Ida Rolf developed Rolf Movement™, she initially worked with the therapist Dorothy Nolte (1925 to 2005) and later with the dancer Judith Aston. She felt that movement training would become an essential and valuable complement to her structural Ten-Series.

Kerenor movementIn a classic movement series, the first session is devoted to exploring breathing patterns and using the breath to promote ease and release holdings in the ribs, lungs and respiratory diaphragm.  Subsequent sessions address movement patterns in the foot, ankle and knee joints, the hip joint, the arms and head and neck.  These sessions are normally repeated to access deeper holding patterns and achieve higher levels of order similarly to how in traditional Rolfing, the practitioner will return to the extremities, shoulder and pelvis in the latter sessions, to fully integrate structure and function.  While clients who have completed a structural series can explore Rolf Movement™ Integration, it serves equally well as a stand-alone tool for achieving higher levels of self-awareness, balance, freedom of motion and body coherence.

Since Dr. Rolf’s passing in 1979, many Rolfers™ have contributed to the advancement of Rolf Movement™. The approach developed by the French dancer and ERA Faculty member Hubert Godard is especially important.  More than anyone else, he and Monica Caspari have elevated this less familiar style of Rolfing to a level of high art with significant transformative value.

His model, “tonic function”, is based on his exchange with other movement teachers, extensive experience, and recent research findings on the connective tissue’s (fascia) functions.

The new ERA Movement Program

Starting in 2015 through 2018 the European Rolfing® Association will offer three rounds of Rolf Movement™ Trainings. These three rounds will be taught in a new modular format: each Training Round will take place over 3 Parts; and each Part will have two or three Modules.

The aim of teaching in smaller modular units is to give Rolfers™ attending the training the opportunity to bring the elements experienced in class to their practices, and then to come back to class with further questions and insights from what has been applied. The Phases of each of the three Training Rounds will be taught by an instructor/assistant pair from the European Rolf Movement™ Faculty.

Format & Methods

fascia abstarctPart 1 (11 days)

In this part of the training we will deepen the understanding of the functional aspects of the 10 Rolfing® sessions. The embodied explorations will be a platform for the Rolfer™ to deepen their understanding of the Rolfing® process and to be able therefore to offer more resonant movement explorations for their clients session by session.

Part 2 (10 days)
In this second phase we will focus on learning how to strategize and build a series of 3 Rolf Movement Sessions, not necessarily linked to the classical Rolfing® Process; this will support Rolfers™ in creating a richer tool-set for meeting the varied needs of clients. Ultimately the intention is to support the client’s development of their body awareness and their ability to creatively sustain the benefits they gained from their 10 series Rolfing® process. That said this series of three Rolf Movement™ Sessions could equally be used with clients who have not undergone the classical Rolfing® Process itself and may be looking for an introduction to it.

Part 3 (9 days)
In this last phase, using Rolf Movement™ theory, principles and embodied explorations, we will explore further how to create sequences and sustain series of movement exploration classes to be used in a group setting. This phase is intended to assist Rolfers™n creating additional support for their clients on-going work on themselves. It will also provide a new vehicle with which to reach out to interested groups, through Rolf Movement™ classes, as a potential way of meeting new clients and introducing them to the Rolfing Process.

Part 3 invites already certified Rolf Movement™ Practitioners to participate in the newly developing aspect of the Rolfing body of knowledge –“leading groups”.

Bottom line

Rolf Movement™ is a separate yet, complimentary training program to the traditional Rolfing® Structural Integration. Its goals is to work with clients from a functional, movement-based, perspective which is often complementary to the manual structural work.

Within the ERA about 25% of all Rolfers™ have received the additional Rolf Movement™ Certification. Many use it to enrich their traditional Structural Integration work, yet others also offer individual Rolf Movement sessions and workshops.