Structural Integration and Rolfing

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Get Structural Integration and Rolfing Training and Career Info

Structural integration, also known as Rolfing, is a form of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, that protects the muscles.

Through a series of gentle techniques, Rolfing lengthens and repositions the fascia, which, in turn, helps release, realign and balance the whole body. Clients experience dramatic improvements in posture, flexibility and energy levels.

Career Overview

Aimed at optimizing the structure and function of a client’s entire body, Rolfing involves a standard set of 10 sessions in which the practitioner frees restrictions in a particular area of the body. Divided into three distinct units, the “Ten-Series” works in this order:

  • Sessions 1-3: Focus on breath work, arms, lower legs, head, shoulders and hips
  • Sessions 4-7: Work on the core, feet and legs, pelvis, abdomen and back, neck and head
  • Sessions 8-10: Emphasize integration and allow the practitioner to determine the best techniques to use at this point for individual clients

Training and Education

What You’ll Study in Structural Integration School

Rolfing training is available at specialized structural integration schools and natural health degree schools. In addition to beginner and advanced Rolfing training programs, you’ll also find continuing education classes that can help you fulfill credits needed to maintain licensure in other natural health practices.

In general, you can expect your structural integration school to offer classes that cover these topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Structural integration theory and principles
  • Rolfing movement integration
  • Maintaining professional therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Career development
  • Clinical application of Rolfing theory

Average Length of Study

Standard structural integration programs can involve close to 1,000 hours of combined classroom training and hands-on experience. Advanced practitioner programs require around 600 hours of training. Generally, students can complete their program in 18 to 24 months.

Average Tuition

Tuition for standard structural integration school can cost $15,000 or more. Many Rolfing training programs allow for a certain number of weeks between classes, which allows students to spread tuition costs over the course of many months.

Structural Integration Certification

Practitioners can get certified through the Certification Board for Structural Integration (CBSI) and through the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. Although optional, certification shows that you have graduated from a structural integration school that meets established standards of excellence in education and that you demonstrate competency and proficiency in your practice.

Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that massage-oriented professions, like Rolfing, can anticipate significant job growth in the near future. Key factors contributing to this growth include the public’s continued interest in touch therapies as a means to reduce pain and stress and an aging population that continues to explore natural medicine as a means to achieve better wellness.

Learn more about massage therapy careers.

Structural Integration Salary

Find state and national salaries for structural integration-related careers here:

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Average Salary

Massage Therapists$47,180

Projected job growth: 22.2%

Avg Annual Salary$47,180
$21,810 $80,630
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Physical Therapists$90,170

Projected job growth: 21.9%

Avg Annual Salary$90,170
$62,120 $124,740
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Exercise Physiologists$54,750

Projected job growth: 9.7%

Avg Annual Salary$54,750
$34,990 $78,310
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Average salary information is calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is based on the 2019 payroll records of business establishments. Actual salaries vary greatly depending on your location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and many other factors. Please note that salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Learn more about massage therapist salaries.

Is a Structural Integration Career Right for You?

Structural integration welcomes practitioners from all backgrounds, whether they have experience in bodywork careers or not. Building your career takes training in structural integration techniques combined with an in-depth understanding of how Rolfing can improve the structure and function of the body and how to impart to clients the role that body movements play in their health.

If you are interested in a structural integration career, take a closer look at structural integration schools. Then choose the Rolfing training program that meets your personal and professional needs.

Sources: Rolf.org, Rolfguild.org

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