Training
Thank you for your interest in the Guild for Structural Integration’s Training programs. We are happy that you want to learn more about the vision and the traditional teachings of Dr. Ida P. Rolf. 

Phase I - Prerequisite
190 credit hours
Prerequisite: Satisfy entrance requirements and Complete GSI Training Application.
The Guild’s Phase I - Prerequisite is an intensive, in-depth 5 week, Monday-Friday 9 am-5:30 pm and one Saturday, 3-hour Cadaver Anatomy Lab Residential Program. Classes include Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology, Pathology, Bodywork Theory and Techniques, Sanitation and Universal Precautions, including CPR/1st Aid, and Professional Standards, Ethics and Business Practices.

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).  

BASIC TRAINING: PHASE II & III

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. Basic Training consists of two phases: Auditing and Practitioning. 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 within a year as a “Practitioner” (Phase III).  Each phase begins with one week of Integrative Anatomy. The ensuing seven weeks of instruction focus on Structural Integration studies. The 9th and final week of Phase III Practitioning, Practitioner in Practice Week, is a 5-day, 40-hour immersive clinic. Most training weeks meet Monday - Thursday, with two Friday morning 3-hour cadaver anatomy labs. Each phase consists of auditors and practitioners with approximately two or three instructors in attendance.

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Students also acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Structural Integration theory and fundamental principles of Structural Integration. In addition, students receive exposure to the history and development of the work, and preparation for practicing the craft.


Phase II - Auditor
250 Credit Hours
Prerequisite:  Complete GSI Training Application. Satisfy entrance requirements. Successful completion of GSI Phase I Prerequisite or equivalence. 
All students enter Phase II Auditing 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 bodyworkers. True sight is not casually acquired; it is hard work, perhaps even a lifelong 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 training, although palpation skills applicable to SI are explored.

At the conclusion of Phase II, individual interviews are conducted by the instructors and the administrative staff to determine which students advance into the Practitioning Training (Phase III). At this point the student and the instructors are able to discuss the student’s progress and what is needed to prepare further for the practice of Structural Integration. If a student is found to be unacceptable for passing into the Practitioning Phase, it is also discussed at this time.


Phase III - Practitioner 
290 Credit Hours
Prerequisite:
 Successful completion of Phase II Auditor
The Phase III Practitioning 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 exchange 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 their training in the Dr. Ida P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration. 

The 9th and final week of Phase III Practitioning, Practitioner in Practice, meets Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm (with a 1-hour lunch). This 40-hour intensive clinic gives students a unique opportunity to practice ten-series and post series work of Structural Integration on multiple members of the public under instructor supervision. This week is designed to emulate the real world as students are exposed to a variety of complex conditions and circumstances that they may typically encounter in their practices. Instructors oversee and interact with the students as they work on members of the public to provide guidance and supervision.


ADVANCED TRAINING
168 Hours
The Guild’s Advanced Training is a six-week course that teaches the Advanced 1−5 Series as it was developed by Dr. Rolf and two of our now deceased senior teachers, Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior. In the class the students also review the Ten Series of Basic SI. This is a very empowering class. Enrollment requirements for GSI graduates and practitioners coming from other IASI recognized programs are a minimum of three years full-time private SI practice, annual Continuing Education in Structural Integration and a letter of recommendation from a SI Instructor. In addition,  graduates coming from outside the Guild, please submit a resume and a letter of introduction.