Rolfing Pre-Training 2017


BARSI Pre-Training Programme

 May – June – Oct – Nov – Dec 2017

(now finished)

Our 2017 Pre-Training programme consisted of 11 days (5 weekend workshops) of modular introductory training focusing specifically on Rolfing Touch, Rolfing Movement, and Experiential Anatomy, and follows the curriculum for the European Rolfing Association (ERA) pre-trainings. This course offers a series of weekends for gaining fundamental knowledge to prepare you for subsequent training to become a Certified Rolfer™. All are welcome. Workshops can be booked individually but it is recommended that you attend all 5 workshops for comprehensive preparation. A discount is offered if you book for all workshops.

The Pre-Training is a great preparation for entering Phase 1 of the Basic Rolfing Training, for writing your Admission Paper and doing well at your Admission Interview, or for discerning whether Rolfing, or bodywork for that matter, is for you. These pre-training weekends are designed for those who are not bodyworkers and they are also designed to be of benefit for professionals who want to re-orient themselves towards the anatomical, functional and touch approach used in Rolfing. The weekends will be held at the Kailash Centre, St John’s Wood, central London (the same venue where the Rolfing Training will be held). Giovanni Felicioni, a Certified Rolfing and Rolf Movement Instructor, will teach the Touch and Movement weekends. A Life Science Instructor, from the ERA, will teach the Anatomy weekend.

BARSI Pre-Training offers you:

• a comprehensive introduction to the world of bodywork from a Rolfing perspective which will provide you with new insights and understanding in the areas of:

-body structure and human verticality

-movement as coordination, perception and meaning

3-dimensional fascial and functional anatomy

-manual bodywork skills ranging from: developing different tools for touch, how to touch and access various layers of fascia and systems of the body, and how to evoke and support movement in others

-beginning to understand the role of embodied exploration in self development and for learning in the bodywork field

-beginning to “sense, perceive & read” how gravity is flowing through a body while static and moving

 -an introduction to contemporary somatic and movement theory

• 11 days of embodied knowledge gained through self-experience, lectures, practical work in pairs and groups, reflection, discussion. The approach will be introductory with ample time given to exploring and finding in your body, and through the bodies of others.

• an inspiring and challenging introduction for those without professional background who are curious about the human body and its functioning and/or are exploring whether a career as a bodyworker or as a Rolfer is for them.

• a rich, appropriate time of study or revision for any bodyworker wishing to refresh and deepen their knowledge in the field of structure, movement and touch and to begin to understand how Rolfers work.


• the 2 Movement weekends can be used as a substitute for 2 of your Rolfing Movement Sessions required for Admission to the Rolfing Training.

• the workshops are an introduction to the Rolfing body of somatic knowledge – information presented in these weekends will be repeated and deepened in different ways in various Phases of your Basic Training.

The Pre-Training Weekends 2017

You may attend one, some or all of the following workshops. In terms of curriculum they are structured as a whole and we encourage you to attend all. But each workshop will also stand alone. If you have never done any bodywork we strongly urge you to attend the first Touch and Movement workshops.

• 27 & 28 May : Dynamics of Rolfing® Touch I (2 days)
• 10 & 11 June : Dynamics of Rolf Movement™ I (2 days)
• 13, 14 & 15 October : Experiential Fascial Anatomy (3 days)
• 04 & 05 November : Dynamics of Rolfing® Touch II (2 days)
• 16 & 17 December : Dynamics of Rolf Movement™ II (2 days)


The second Touch and Movement weekends in November and December do not require you to attend the first weekends earlier in the year as pre-requisites. They will continue to evolve the material as shown below.

Workshop themes

• Rolfing TOUCH: the meta-theme of the first weekend will be “TOUCHING AND FREEING THE SLEEVE OF THE BODY” during which we will look at the basics of “Rolfing Touch”, tools and dynamics of touch, practitioners body-use, and how Rolfers access different layers of fascia on the axial and appendicular aspects of the body. The meta-theme for the second Touch weekend will be “TOUCHING THE CORE” during which we will review and then evolve the material covered in the first workshop and then go on to explore how Rolfer’s touch the inner cavities and content of the body and work with the 3 dimensional aspects of fascial structure.

• Rolfing MOVEMENT: the meta-theme of the first weekend will be “BREATHING and GESTURE” during which we will look at the basics of how Rolfer’s understand movement (Tonic Function Theory) and see movement in others – using embodied explorations to experience and appropriate the information. We will begin to explore how we organise ourselves in gravity to breathe. The meta-theme for the second weekend will be “WALKING and GESTURE” during which we will evolve the material covered in the first workshop but from the point of view of how humans walk and move themselves in the environment. This will begin to take us into the rich world of joints, and spirals.

• EXPERIENTIAL FASCIAL ANATOMY: this workshop will cover experiential and practical living anatomy of the human body. Rolfers do not only work with muscles and bones they are interested in how these interact with the whole fascial web of the body. The territory of our work is therefore always a matrix that crosses the obvious anatomical boundaries into the world of ligaments, membranes, organs, bags, diaphragms and so on. You will be introduced to palpating, exploring, discovering, naming these outer and inner bridges and spaces.

Schedule and Style

This is a pre-training so the information presented in the workshops will be for the purposes of introducing you to the body of somatic knowledge we call Rolfing. Attending these weekends will allow you begin to “relax” into the style of embodied learning that Rolfers are proud of. With this in mind we hope that the material, as you encounter it again and again during the Pre-Training weekends and in Phase 1 of the Basic Training, will become a field for insights and understanding that you can appropriate and eventually use for your own self-development and as a practitioner. The spirit of the weekends will be playful and intense. Theory will be arrived at by embodied exploration on self and with others and then underlined in small group and class discussions. We will endeavour to create a strong learning container for the class that respects individual learning styles and allows ample time for “getting lost” and “finding” as you learn.

• the student/instructor ratio will be 12 to 1

• you will receive a minimum of 7 hours class time per day

• days will run from 9 to between 18:00 and 19:00

• a lunch break of 90 minutes starting somewhere between 12:30 and 13:30

• morning and afternoon break

• coffee, tea, fruit and nibbles will be provided

• please wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to work in underwear


The Directors of BARSI and the European Rolfing Association are proud to announce our third intake. If you are interested in this third round of Rolfing Training in London and you do not have all the other documents please enquire at the email below. Once again we have made the Pre-Training as inexpensive as possible. The fee for each study day is £140 or £122 if you book for all 11 days.

• The 2 day Touch and Movement weekend workshops are £280.00 each.

• The 3 day Anatomy weekend workshop is £420.00.

• Booking ALL 5 workshops is £1340.00 which gives you a discount of £200.00.

Places are limited so book as soon as possible. Please note that all fees are non-refundable unless you find someone to take your place on the workshop.


To request the short registration form, please email:

For questions on content of the training, suitability of Rolfing as a career change for you and eligibility please contact Giovanni Felicioni.


Trade Mark

Rolfing® designates the Rolf Institute’s brand of structural integration, the discipline developed by the late Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. While the Rolf Institute is Dr. Rolf’s original school of structural integration, it is now one of many schools of structural integration; and Rolfing® structural integration designates the practice of structural integration by graduate members of the Rolf Institute, who are licensed to use its service marks.