Level 1 - Myofascial Foundation

Summary

The Myofascial Foundation (Level 1) is our new, flexible introduction to the world of bodywork from a Rolfing perspective. It replaces previous ‘Spectrum’ and 'Phase 1 Structural Integration’ courses.

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, and how to choose the workshop that's right for you.

Who these workshops are for

Start with these workshops if you:

  • have no have 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 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 training Structural Integration. Which workshops you need to take depends on your previous experience See 'how to choose the right workshop' below.

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 

Choose from modular or intensive formats

You can take the workshops: 

  • separately as individual workshops of 3 days (modular)

  • linked into sets of either a week or 11 days (intensive)

For stages 1 and 2, the linked format is available per topic, for example, Touch 1 and 2. 

At stage 3, you can choose the accelerated course that covers Touch 3, Anatomy 3 and Movement 3. Roughly speaking, stage 3 workshops are compulsory for everyone.  Whether you need to take other workshops will depend on your experience.

At each stage, the workshop content will deepen your level of understanding and skill.  Pick the stage that best complement your previous experience.

Choose based on your previous experience

This guide helps you choose the workshops that most likely complement your existing experience. These workshops are also the compulsory ones if you plan to continue training towards Level 2 Structural Integration.

If you have no bodywork experience:
  • attend all 9 Myofascial Foundation workshops, starting from stage 1 through to stage 3 

Looking for ‘Spectrum’? Our ‘Spectrum’ introduction to Rolfing has now been replaced by the three workshops Touch 1, Anatomy 1 and Movement 1. We offer these workshops separately or linked together into a 9-day unit, depending on how they’re scheduled during the year. 

If you are a Feldenkrais or Gyrotonic teacher:
  • Movement 3
  • Anatomy 1, 2, 3

  • Touch 1 or 2 and 3

If you are Yoga or Pilates Instructor:
  • Movement 3

  • Anatomy 1 or 2 and 3

  • Touch 1, 2, 3

If you are a certified osteopath, massage therapist or physiotherapist: 
  • Movement 1 or 2 and 3

  • Anatomy 3

  • Touch 3

If you are a professional dancer:
  • Movement 3

  • Anatomy 1, 2 and 3

  • Touch 1, 2 and 3

If you are a qualified Nurse
  • Movement 1, 2 and 3

  • Anatomy 3

  • Touch 1, 2 and 3

If you are a professional with other backgrounds in the movement, anatomy or touch field:

Please get in touch with us: contact@rolfing.org.

Intensive formats - accelerate your learning with combined workshops

The linked intensive workshops are a great option to speed up your learning progress and save on travel and accommodation costs. We run these periodically throughout the year.

Myofascial Foundation stages 1 plus 2 intensive workshops 

These workshops combine the first two stages of each topic into a one-week intensive course. 

Introduction to Movement – one-week intensive

  • Movement workshop 1: the dynamics of posture
  • Movement  workshop 2: the dynamics of breathing

Introduction to Anatomy – one-week intensive

  • Anatomy workshop 1: support from foot up to pelvis
  • Anatomy workshop 2: expression from shoulder girdle to hands and face

Introduction to Touch – one-week intensive

  • Touch workshop 1: discovering the fascial net of the lower body
  • Touch workshop 2: exploring the fascial net of the upper body

 

Myofascial Foundation stage 3 intensive workshop

This course combines all stage 3 workshops over 11 days. These three workshops are compulsory for everyone to qualify for level 2 study (except for certified Structural Integrators from qualifying schools).

Accelerated stage 3 Touch, Movement and Anatomy

  • Touch workshop 3: interacting with the facial net of the trunk
  • Anatomy workshop 3: core - container - content
  • Movement  workshop 3: the dynamics of walking

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

What you'll receive at the end

For each workshop that you complete, you'll receive a certificate of completion. 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 and German. See all courses.

Costs

The cost per workshop is 580 EUR (VAT not included) unless otherwise stated. You'll receive a discount on our Level 2 if you complete all Myofascial Foundation (Level 1) workshops. 

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'.  

Choose from 3-day and 11-day workshops

Each workshop runs for 3 days (for the exact times, check the individual listing). Sometimes, we offer linked workshops, so you can take three topics in one intensive workshop over 11 days, see 'Intensive formats - accelerate your learning with combined workshops'. 

Depending on when you start and how courses are scheduled during the year, you can complete all 9 workshops in about six to nine months.

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.

All upcoming workshops of the Myofascial Foundation

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Ce workshop de 3 jours vous initie à l'anatomie, sur la base des principes développés par le Dr Ida Rolf. Il s'agit du premier des trois workshop d’anatomie du Myofascial Foundation. L'enseignement sera dispensé par un membre de la faculté de l'Institut Dr Ida Rolf Europe, au moyen d'un mélange d…
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It's the first of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.
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It's the second of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.
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Ce workshop de 3 jours vous initie au travail corporel manuel, basé sur les principes développés par le Dr Ida Rolf. Il s'agit du premier des trois workshop sur le toucher du Myofascial Foundation. L'enseignement sera dispensé par un membre de la faculté de l'Institut Dr Ida Rolf Europe, au moyen…
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Dies ist der erste von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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It's the first of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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It's the second of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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Ce workshop de 3 jours vous initie à l'anatomie, sur la base des principes développés par le Dr Ida Rolf. Il s'agit du deuxième des trois workshop d’anatomie du Myofascial Foundation. L'enseignement sera dispensé par un membre de la faculté de l'Institut Dr Ida Rolf Europe, au moyen d'un mélange…
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Dies ist der erste von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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It's the third of three movement workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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Ce workshop de 3 jours vous initie au travail corporel manuel, basé sur les principes développés par le Dr Ida Rolf. Il s'agit du troisième des trois workshop sur le toucher du Myofascial Foundation. L'enseignement sera dispensé par un membre de la faculté de l'Institut Dr Ida Rolf Europe, au…
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It's the third of three anatomy workshops the Myofascial Foundation.
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It's the third of three touch workshops within the Myofascial Foundation.
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 Dies ist der erste von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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Ce workshop de 3 jours vous introduit au mouvement soutenu par la gravité, basé sur les principes développés par le Dr Ida Rolf. ll s'agit du troisième des trois workshop de mouvement du Myofascial Foundation.  L'enseignement sera dispensé par un membre de la faculté de l'Institut Dr Ida Rolf…
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Dies ist der zweite von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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Ce workshop de 3 jours vous initie à l'anatomie, sur la base des principes développés par le Dr Ida Rolf. Il s'agit du troisième des trois workshop d’anatomie du Myofascial Foundation. L'enseignement sera dispensé par un membre de la faculté de l'Institut Dr Ida Rolf Europe, au moyen d'un mélange…
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Dies ist der zweite von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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Ce workshop de 3 jours vous initie au travail corporel manuel, basé sur les principes développés par le Dr Ida Rolf. Il s'agit du troisième des trois workshop sur le toucher du Myofascial Foundation. L'enseignement sera dispensé par un membre de la faculté de l'Institut Dr Ida Rolf Europe, au…
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Dies ist der dritte von drei Movement Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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Dies ist der dritte von drei Anatomie Workshops zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.
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Dies ist der dritte von drei Workshops Berührung zu den Myofaszialen Grundlagen.