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Structural integration (including Rolfing)

Structural integration aligns, balances and lengthens the body by pressing into the connective tissues of the body and maneuvering them back into place.

Structural Integration (Including Rolfing) Certification And Licensing

Structural integration (SI) requires extensive training. While many may use the term, a professional structural integration practitioner has received certification specifically in structural integration from a school of structural integration or Rolfing® structural integration.

Professional structural integration practitioners may also elect to take the Certification Exam for Structural Integration (CESI), developed by the Certification Board for Structural Integration (CBSI), an independent division of the IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators®).

A non-profit organization, IASI is the professional membership organization for all qualified structural integration practitioners. IASI was created by structural integrators and is committed to preserving the unique work developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. IASI has been instrumental in setting standards for training and continuing education, and currently recognizes 19 institutions around the world, including:

  • Biodynamic Structural Integration
  • CORE Institute
  • Czech Association for Structural Integration
  • The Guild for Structural Integration
  • Hellerwork® International
  • Institut fur Strukturelle Korpertherapie
  • Institute of Structural Medicine
  • International Professional School of Bodywork
  • The Australian School of Structural Integration and Somatic Studies
  • The International School of Structural Integration
  • Institute for Structural Integration
  • Kinesis, Inc.
  • Mana Integrative Therapies
  • New School of Structural Integration
  • Northwest Center for Structural Integration
  • The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration
  • Soma Neuromuscular Integration®
  • Structural Innovations®
  • Structural Integration Australia

Currently, professional membership through IASI requires 650 total in-class hours, with at least 300 hours in structural integration theory and practicum. Content covered during these educational courses include the concept of the body as integral with gravity, the fascial system as a structural organizer and in-class supervised work on two models (at the very least). 100 of these training hours must include course work in anatomy, physiology or kinesiology from a structured bodywork training program.

Effective March, 2011, any new school applying for IASI recognition must meet the following requirements, and all IASI recognized schools will have to meet these requirements by January 1, 2014.

Effective January 1, 2014, professional membership through IASI will require 750 total in-class hours, with at least 500 hours in structural integration theory and practicum. Content covered during these educational courses includes the concept of the body as integral with gravity, the fascial system as a structural organizer and in-class supervised work on two models (at the very least). 100 of these training hours must include course work in anatomy, physiology or kinesiology from a structured bodywork training program.

The Rolf Institute® is the only training program for Certified Rolfers™ and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. The Institute also offers several other teaching locations around the world.

Rolfers™ receive 600 to 731 hours of training over the course of a program that lasts an average of 18 months. When seeking a Rolfer™, look for the trademark ROLF, ROLFER, ROLFING, ROLF MOVEMENT, or THE ROLF INSTITUTE on the practitioner's certificate, or verify if a practitioner is a Rolfer at find.rolf.org.

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