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
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®. He 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. Since 2010 Russell has worked extensively with professional athletes. He lives and practices in Bellingham, Washington.
Bethany Ward completed basic training with Jim Asher, advanced work with Jan Sultan and Tessy Brungardt, and movement certification with Lael Katherine Keen. Bethany loves learning – both as a lifetime student and as an instructor. She is deeply indebted to her mentors Duffy Allen, Til Luchau, and Ray McCall.
As an instructor, Bethany is adept at making complex ideas understandable and speaking to a variety of learning styles – skills gained from a background in academia and business. After graduating from the NC School of Science and Mathematics, Bethany received a BA in psychology and an MBA. She discovered her passion for teaching when Kaplan Inc. hired her to raise students’ scores on graduate entrance exams. Bethany traded life in corporate America for "a chance to work one-on-one with people, helping them find solutions for themselves" and never looked back. Bethany’s private practice is ActionPotential, Inc., (www.rolfusa.com) in Durham, NC.
Bethany is Past-President of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation and enjoys writing for various bodywork publications.