The British Academy of Rolfing® Structural Integration



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.'

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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 will also need certain 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 BARSI, having met their entry standards and requirements 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. BARSI can put you in touch with a practitioner in your area. At the end of the Phase 1, the Admissions Committee of the European Rolfing Association 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 London in English, in Munich, Germany in German and in Bologna, Italy in Italian). There is some scope for moving between these trainings.

How much does the training cost?

  • - Registration costs £80.00
  • - The three Phase 1 Modules cost £623.00 each. These are 5-day modules.
  • - The ten Phase 2 Modules cost £597 each. These modules are usually from Thursday afternoon to Sunday early afternoon.
  • - The six Phase 3 Modules cost £615 (two 4-day modules) and £762 (four 5-day modules).
  • - You will have 5 Mentoring sessions to do between Phase 2 and 3 and after Phase 3. These cost between £95 and £52 depending on how many fellow students you do them with.
  • - Total course fee for all 3 Phases = £12, 117 (excluding mentoring fees which vary as above and application fee).
  • - 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.

How long does it take to become a Rolfer?

Approximately 2 years and six months.

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 BARSI's Orientation courses and Pre-Training, 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 Pre-Training program is designed for people interested in Rolfing who do not have the necessary educational background in bodywork. If BARSI-ERA determine 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?

Please contact Giovanni Felicioni at BARSI he will give you all the information needed and answer any further questions. You will need: 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. We have a clear and detailed Application Pack.

Am I allowed to practice Rolfing anywhere in the world?

Like other bodywork methods, the laws regarding Rolfing differ from country to country. BARSI-ERA can advise you on your specific career plans.

Is there Rolfing training near where I live?

BARSI offers a Rolfing Modular Training in London. Other ERA trainings are currently offered in Munich (Intensive in English and Modular in German) and in Italy (Modular and in Italian only).

I would like to start Rolfing training immediately. What do I need to do?

Contact the BARSI and discuss your next step. The easiest way is to fill in the registration form.

Is there a continuing education process after certification as a Rolfer?

As you would expect of any credible practice, advancement is essential. Yes, the ERA offers an Advanced Training and a Rolf Movement Training. Courses are also continually being offered by the International Rolf Faculty in many countries around the world - some of these by those who originally studied with Ida Rolf - you will have access to these through your certification as a Rolfer.

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. The modular format 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 will be a better option for you. This is the training we at BARSI are offering you in the UK.

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?

Please contact BARSI Course Coordinator for all questions around 'the Training', 'Pre-requisites and Application','Payments' by emailing

Giovanni Felicioni is available as Faculty Liaison for all questions about 'content', 'writing your paper', 'will I pass Admissions?', and 'do I need to take any pre-training weekends?'. Please contact him by email:

or telephone: +44 207 697 0464

If I start in the UK, 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, and Brazil, but the modular training is currently only available in Europe (UK, Germany, Italy) and must be completed in the country in which it started.

Do I need the Pre-Training Workshops?

This should be discussed with BARSI 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.

What 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. There are also deposits that are due at the start of each Phase.

Is there a minimum number of participants?

Yes. Depending on the workshop/training: If a certain minimum number is not reached, workshops, Phases or Trainings can be postponed or 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 at your own cost.