Advanced Training is a 168-hour course that takes place over several weeks. Designed for the experienced practitioner, the Advanced Training further develops, refines, and enhances a Rolfer's practice through a 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, 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 the 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.
About the Instructors
Ray McCall has 38 years of experience as a Rolfer®. As a DIRI Advanced faculty member, he teaches Basic, Advanced, and Continuing Education classes both in the States and Abroad. His particular interest is the energetic taxonomy and how change occurs: how we more fully become and express who we are. Ray trained to instructor level in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
Kevin is a faculty member of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®. He trained under all six of Dr. Rolf's originally appointed faculty. He has enjoyed being a practitioner of the art and science known as Rolfing® for over 30 years. Kevin is a licensed Physical Therapist and was employed by the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where he provided Rolfing to individuals in a chronic pain program. He served on the DIRI Board of Directors serving as the Board Chair for five years. Kevin is passionate about Rolfing as a traditional and evolving healing art form.