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DEDICATED

TO THE TEACHING OF

IDA P. ROLF

Learn more about training with the Guild

Guild for Structural Integration


The Guild for Structural Integration was founded and named by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the mid-sixties. Today the Guild for Structural Integration (GSI) is an association of Structural Integration practitioners and associates who are dedicated to preserving Dr. Rolf’s teaching and work. Association with the Guild implies not only a commitment to professional excellence in the performance of Dr. Rolf’s standard ten-session series of Structural Integration, it also indicates a resolution to explore a path of personal growth which includes the transcendental vertical line.

Our Basic Training Program

The principles and structural techniques expressed in Dr. Ida Rolf’s series for ten Structural Integration sessions are the core of the Guild’s Basic Training Program. This 540-hour certification program is completed residentially in an 8-week Phase II and a 9-week Phase III, according to Dr. Rolf's traditional format— first by successfully completing the Basic Training class as an “Auditor" (Phase II) and then returning as a “Practitioner” (Phase III). With the successful completion of Phases I-III, a GSI graduate will be eligible to apply to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) as well as the Certification Exam for Structural Integration (CESI) offered through the Certification Board for Structural Integration (CBSI).  

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Prerequisite
Phase 1
190 hours

The Guild's Prerequisite is an intensive 190-hour, five-week series of classes designed for students who require formal bodywork training and are seeking massage licensure. This phase allows students to gain the foundational skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an Auditor and Practitioner of Dr. Ida P. Rolf's Method of Structural Integration and beyond.

Basic Training
Phase 11 Auditor
250 hours

Convinced that “seeing” presented a most difficult yet essential and important task for practitioners, Dr. Rolf created Auditing so that students could begin to train their sight before doing their work. Today, auditors in GSI classes principally observe sessions, participate in lectures, have group discussions and engage in other learning activities as part of their experience. Basic 10-Series session exchanges are not performed by the auditors during this part of the training, although palpation skills applicable to SI sessions are explored.

Basic Training
Phase 111 Practitioner
290 hours

The Practitioner Class concentrates on manipulative instruction and practice by students who have successfully completed the Auditing Class. During the weeks of Structural Integration studies, each student practitioner works with models who receive the standard ten sessions of Structural Integration. In this phase, the student practitioner also exchanges the ten sessions with a designated partner. The ninth and final week before completion is “Practitioner in Practice,”  a week-long clinic.

Upcoming Events

Classic Closings with Liz Stewart
How can we make the closure of a session feel more integrated and relational for both the practitioner and the client? While we continue to grow in our awareness and understanding as a Practitioner of SI, choosing what is needed in the moment to end a session can be challenging. What if we could embrace this part of the hour as an opportunity for creativity and exploration while staying within the basic framework of SI? "For it is not structure alone but the integration of structure that is the key. We seek to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts." – Dr. Ida P. Rolf In this three-day workshop, students will: 1. Learn to refine simple and effective tracking skills and bring more clarity to session endings. 2. Enhance their knowledge of the Pelvic Lift and learn how to create a Pelvic Lift that supports the session. 3. Develop and practice strategies that help clients embody the Rolf Line. This is a class for practitioners of all levels. Liz Stewart is an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration and a Supervisor/Mentor for practitioners and teachers in the SI community. She has been in practice since 1992. Liz is passionate about learning and realized early on that being in the SI classroom was a great way to grow her skills and share her knowledge. She has sat on faculty at GSI, guest taught at DIRI, SOMA-Institute, SKT Institute and offered her own CE courses over the years both in the US and abroad. In addition to her private practice, Liz has an active mentoring/supervision program where she provides in-person and online mentoring for practitioners and SI teachers in small group settings and one to one sessions. Practitioners and educators now have a central place to ask questions, share their thoughts, feelings, reactions, business and ethical questions etc.. anything related to the practical, skills and emotional needs of the work. Liz brings over 25 years of practice and classroom experience where she draws from her group and supervision training at Matrixworks®, The Trauma-Dynamics Institute, The Center for Group Studies and Oxford-Brookes University. Liz holds the belief that support for all provides the imperative framework for self-care and a path to understanding oneself in their professional.
Spring 2021 Basic Training
Auditing (Phase II) 250 credit hours, with the focus on "seeing." "Seeing" human structure and movement is an indispensable prerequisite to Structural Integration work. The way we see the whole person is the hallmark distinguishing Practitioners of the Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration from other body workers. True sight is not casually acquired; acquiring it is hard work, perhaps even a life-long process. Convinced that "seeing" presented a most difficult yet essential and important task for practitioners, Dr. Rolf created auditing so that students could begin to train their sight before doing their work. Today, auditors in GSI classes principally observe sessions, participate in lectures, have group discussions and engage in other learning activities as part of their experience. Basic 10 Series session exchanges are not performed by the auditors during this part of the training, although palpation skills applicable to SI sessions are explored. Prerequisite: GSI Phase I or massage license. Please complete and submit the Basic Training Application. Once accepted into the GSI training program you will receive a registration link. The Practitioner Class (Phase III) 250 credit hours, concentrates on manipulative instruction and practice by students who have successfully completed the Auditing Class. During the weeks of Structural Integration studies, each student-practitioner works with 3 models who receive the standard ten sessions of Structural Integration. In this phase, the student practitioner also exchanges the ten sessions with a designated partner. All manipulation work is directly supervised by the class instructors. A certificate is awarded at the successful completion of this phase certifying your training in the Dr. Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration. Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSI Phase II Auditing Cadaver Labs-9:00am-12:00 PM Fridays, April 16 and April 30th Phase III students only Practitioner in Practice Week: Monday, May 31-Friday, June 4, 2021 9:00am-6:00pm with a 1-hour midday lunch. 40 credit hours
Meditating on the Line with Will Johnson
Are you a graduate of one of the teaching schools that trace their lineage to the evolutionary vision of Ida Rolf? And are you drawn to pursuing an exploration of sitting meditation practices as part of your path of self-development? Meditating on The Line will present an approach to sitting meditation that is based on Dr. Rolf’s vision of the evolutionary potential of an embodiment of what she called The Line. Dr. Rolf viewed The Line as a condition of a body whose structure was sufficiently integrated and balanced that it could let go of unnecessary bracing against the pull of gravity. In her vision this profound relaxation and letting go would stimulate what she called “evolutionary energies” resulting in a radical transformation of embodied consciousness. This understanding and approach is essentially what I’ve brought into the teaching I do in the Buddhist world, and the results have been revolutionary. The most common response from long-time meditators has been tears of profound gratitude (with some tears of anger as to “why, WHY wasn’t this shown to me twenty years ago?!”). Applying Dr. Rolf’s vision of The Line to the practice of sitting meditation radically catalyzes your time spent on the cushion, kneeling bench, or chair and takes you far faster and far deeper into the mystery revelations that lie at the core of body and mind. In this experiential course we will address the following: —creating a seat that supports upright balancing —exploring the upright alignment of the torso —awakening the felt presence of the body through a gesture of profound relaxation —inviting resilient motion throughout the entire body in response to the breath that, in a truly relaxed body, wants to move through the body not unlike how a wave moves through a body of water —powerful breathing and relaxation techniques to help awaken your direct experience of The Line —examining the radical shift in embodied consciousness that occurs as a natural result of exploring the principles of The Line We will meet for two-hour meditation sessions through Zoom for six consecutive Sundays: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27. It’s ok if you need to miss a session as recordings will be emailed to all participants so you can continue to explore the meditation practices on your own.
Fall 2021 Basic Training
Auditing (Phase II) 250 credit hours, with the focus on "seeing." "Seeing" human structure and movement is an indispensable prerequisite to Structural Integration work. The way we see the whole person is the hallmark distinguishing Practitioners of the Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration from other body workers. True sight is not casually acquired; acquiring it is hard work, perhaps even a life-long process. Convinced that "seeing" presented a most difficult yet essential and important task for practitioners, Dr. Rolf created auditing so that students could begin to train their sight before doing their work. Today, auditors in GSI classes principally observe sessions, participate in lectures, have group discussions and engage in other learning activities as part of their experience. Basic 10 Series session exchanges are not performed by the auditors during this part of the training, although palpation skills applicable to SI sessions are explored. Prerequisite: GSI Phase I or massage license. Please complete and submit the Basic Training Application. Once accepted into the GSI training program you will receive a registration link. The Practitioner Class (Phase III) 250 credit hours, concentrates on manipulative instruction and practice by students who have successfully completed the Auditing Class. During the weeks of Structural Integration studies, each student-practitioner works with 3 models who receive the standard ten sessions of Structural Integration. In this phase, the student practitioner also exchanges the ten sessions with a designated partner. All manipulation work is directly supervised by the class instructors. A certificate is awarded at the successful completion of this phase certifying your training in the Dr. Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration. Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSI Phase II Auditing Cadaver Labs-9:00am-12:00 PM Fridays, September 24 and October 8 Phase III students only: Practitioner in Practice Week: Monday, November 8 - Friday, November 12, 2021 9:00am-6:00pm with a 1-hour midday lunch. 40 credit hours
Reclaiming the Pelvic Floor
This 2-day workshop instructed by Denise Foster Scott, Board Certified Structural Integrator & core instructor at the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration, is one that you will not want to miss. Harness your expertise of the pelvic floor. Bring awareness and empowerment to a vital portion of our bodies that is classically misunderstood, silenced and shamed. Why work the pelvic floor? How do we assess if a pelvic floor is hypertonic? Hypotonic? What systemic experiences would either of those conditions cause? Can YOU embody your pelvic floor? Spend 2 days with Soma Institute instructor Denise Foster Scott for some experiential layered learning to support and clarify your touch skills on and around the pelvic floor while bringing you into a greater awareness of your own body. We will bring insight to the anatomy and physiology of the pelvis, working with trauma, communication and broaden the importance of pelvic diaphragm work. Through the lens of Structural Integration, we will explore structural analysis, pelvic floor treatment, and self-care all while awakening our own connection to what Dr. Ida Rolf called the “seat of your soul.” Denise Foster Scott is a Board-Certified Structural Integrator and Certified Advanced Soma Practitioner. Seeking a meaningful career, Denise left the world of aviation to receive her training as a Structural Integrator at the Soma Institute in 2007. Shortly after graduation, she began a yearlong internship with Karen Bolesky in which she explored client relationships and delving into the heart of structural work. Denise has a deep fascination about how our individual facets (emotional, spiritual, intellectual) affect the structure of the body and how to use these connections in ourselves to create spacious and openness within. She has special interest in anatomy and structure and pays close attention to the relationship between form and function in her work with clients and students. Denise is the Anatomy and Physiology teacher and a core instructor at the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration®. She currently serves on the International Association of Structural Integration (IASI) Board and is a published author. Credit Hours 16

DONATE OR BECOME A MEMBER

Have your listing on the Guild’s Website.  SI “Friendship” status is extended to individuals dedicated to Dr. Rolf’s work. For GSI Practitioners, Rolfers, Hellerworkers, IPSB Structural Integration graduates, we ask for an annual $150 “member” fee to enjoy the services we offer.  You may also donate to help with scholarships, maintain our website, public service and general operating expenses.

CONTACT

© 2019. Guild For Structural Integration. All Rights Reserved
2180 East 4500 South Suite 245 Holladay, UT 84117

(801) 696-1169

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