Classes held in the heart of Durham, NC surrounded by beautiful Duke University and only minutes from both a vibrant downtown and extensive green spaces.
The Meeting House provides an ideal learning environment including a large classroom with a vaulted ceiling and natural light for client sessions, another large room for lectures and experiential activities, a small library, a full kitchen, bathrooms and dedicated parking.
Getting here: Durham is extremely accessible by car, train or plane (located only a 15-minutes’ drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport). Getting around: Durham has citywide public transport, but the terrain is relatively flat so walking and biking are also good options. Housing: Durham has a wide range of affordable housing options on AirBnB.
The Advanced Training is a 168-hour course that takes place over 24 days. Designed for the experienced practitioner, the Advanced Training further develops, refines, and enhances a Rolfer's practice through deeper examination of the diverse aspects of the work. The goal is to pave the way to become a more responsive, skilled and effective Rolfer™. Course content includes a broad range of topics related to conceptual, perceptual, relational, and manual skill sets.
The course presents a client-centered approach that uses a Rolfing® Principles-based process to form evaluation, strategy, and intervention based on Rolfing Taxonomies (Structural, Functional, Psychobiological, Energetic, and Geometric). Rather than following the Basic Training's ten-series progression, the Advanced Training teaches practitioners to evaluate clients individually and develop individualized treatment strategies.
At the heart of the client-centered approach lies an inquiry into each Rolfer's self-awareness and perception of others. The goal is to nurture each practitioner's ability to accurately perceive and respond to clients visually, relationally, and through purposeful, accurate touch. Developing perception is a life-long process that leads to the deliberate and appropriate use of self, precise interventions, and the ability to evaluate and track effects of the work.
Exploring course material through lectures, practicums and instructor demonstrations, participants learn to design a principle-governed Advanced Series of Rolfing sessions. Each practitioner gives and receives a supervised non-formulaic series with a fellow classmate and provides an additional series with a classroom client. The purpose of demonstrating, exchanging sessions, and working with clients is twofold to learn, strategize and perform a principle-governed series and to address the integration needs of each practitioner.
COURSE OBJECTIVES for each student include:
- Learning to work outside the Rolfing ten-series using a Rolfing Principles-governed decision-making process and the five Rolfing taxonomies of assessment.
- Deepening skills in the areas of touch, perception/evaluation, body use and applying taxonomies.
- Identifying what might be undermining perceptual confidence and acuity including the effect of the practitioner's own habits of perception.
- Recognizing and addressing the unique structural, functional, energetic, and psychobiological needs of each client.
- Assessing and manipulating specific types of fixations including myofascial, ligamentous, articular, functional, energetic, and psychobiological.
- Advancing practitioner's own process through work received in class.
- Deepening understanding of the client-practitioner relationship.
- Exploring instructors' latest innovations and discoveries.
Russell Stolzoff has always been attuned to the beauty of integrated movement. He was first introduced to Rolfing® Structural Integration in 1983 as a classroom client while completing his BA at the University of Colorado. The deep physical and psychological impact of that experience led him to pursue training as a Rolfer. Russell became a Certified Rolfer™ in 1989, and a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1998. He completed his Rolf Movement® Certification in 2000 and became a Rolf Institute instructor in 2002. Russell has also completed extended studies in Somatic Experiencing and Biodynamic Analysis, a Danish method of body psychotherapy. Russell is currently the Chair of the Executive Education Committee and is a former Chair of The Rolf Institute Board of Directors. Since 2010, Russell has worked extensively with professional athletes. He lives and practices in Bellingham, Washington.
Bethany Ward received a BA in Psychology in 1991 from Davidson College, NC and an MBA in 1997 from the University of Georgia. Driven to help people find solutions for themselves, she worked in mental health until a trend toward pharmaceutical solutions over personal development convinced her to change course. After working in the corporate world, she attended business school where she learned she had a knack for making systems more efficient. A Rolfing ten-series convinced her that a career in SI would combine her two loves of working with human potential, and optimizing systems. Bethany is certified as a Rolfer in 2001, an Advanced Rolfer in 2005, and a Rolf Movement practitioner in 2008. Bethany became Rolfing faculty in 2009 and Rolf Movement faculty in 2017. Bethany is a former president of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation and was involved in the early development of the International Fascia Research Congress and Fascia Research Society. She has a full-time practice in Durham, NC.