Becoming a Rolfer™

Rolfing Nederland has members from all walks of life. Many of these members became practitioners after resolving their own health issues through Rolfing.  All share something in common, a passion for using Rolfing, one of the most effective and powerful methods of manual therapy, to help their clients improve their physical structure and function.

Certified Rolfers are graduates of a school accredited by The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, most likely, the European Rolfing Association e.V.  Since it’s founding, ERA has provided training, certification and continuing education in affiliation with The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration founded by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in 1971, in Boulder, Colorado USA.  Only those who have successfully completed the full and authentic Rolf training and have been formally certified are entitled to call themselves Certified Rolfers.  In this way, the quality of the Classical Rolfing training and the reputation that Rolfing enjoys as an effective and powerful method for improving structure and function has been maintained for over half a century.

Certified Rolfers are trained to possess the knowledge, sensitivity and skills necessary to respond to the needs of each individual client.  To become a Certified Rolfer is a major accomplishment.  Each Rolfer has participated in approximately 750 hours of basic training.  Furthermore, to maintain their certification they must continuously update their knowledge through Continuing Education credits earned by further studies in Rolfing, Osteopathy, Homeopathy, Craniosacral or Visceral Manipulation.

As a career choice, Rolfing will give you the opportunity for meaningful, satisfying self-employment, and ongoing personal development. 


Your skills will be honed and nurtured through the Basic Rolfing Training which consists of three Phases and is offered in two formats:

Intensive Format:

Phase I – Foundation: 3 full weeks of training

Phase II – Embodiment: 8 full weeks of training

Phase III –Clinical 8 full weeks of training

Modular Format:  Taught in the same three Phases as a series of extended weekend (Thursday to Sunday) workshops over a period of 18 to 24 months.

You will be eligible to establish your own practice once these Phases are complete, and continue your education to more advanced levels thereafter.  Through additional training and supervision, your skills will be sharpened and your hands will become precision instruments.  When you complete your Advanced Training, you will be part of an exceptional family of global practitioners who carry the sprit of Dr. Rolfs teaching around the world.


Entrance requirements for applying for the Rolfing training include:

  • University-entrance diploma or proof of a successful professional career.
  • You must be at least 25 years of age.
  • Knowledge of and experience with a form of manual therapy.
  • A sound knowledge of Anatomy and the Locomotor system.
  • You must have undergone a ten series of Rolfing sessions and five Rolfing Movement sessions (two of the Rolfing movement sessions may be replaced by attending a Rolfing Movement Basic Workshop).
  • The ability and openness to develop a therapeutic relationship and accompany clients in their process.  Experience with some kind of personal growth process might be beneficial.
  • You must have sufficient physical strength and health to enable you to do this work on a regular basis.

The Next Steps

To determine whether Rolfing is appropriate for you, we recommend you consider taking the Orientation Rolfing or Spectrum Rolfing pre-training workshops.  In particular, Spectrum Rolfing offers a comprehensive overview and extensive hands-on opportunities to experience and learn about Rolfing.  Spectrum Rolfing is offered in a beautiful countryside setting just outside of Munich, DE.

For more information on Spectrum Rolfing.


Our community of Rolfers in The Netherlands is a varied group of individuals who have an extensive and varied educational background.  Many have trained in several Rolfing Structural Integration schools around the world.

For further information on training in Europe (ERA).

For further information on training in the United States (RISI).

For further information on training in Brazil (ABR).

For Workshops Open to the Public in Europe.


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