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The Schools of Structural Integration

There are a total of 16 recognised Schools of Structural Integration in the World, which have evolved from the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf. In the UK & Ireland at present Practitioners come from 6 main Schools:

  • The Rolf Institute / British Academy of Rolfing Structural Integration
  • The Guild of Structural Integration
  • Hellerwork Structural Integration
  • Kinesis Myofascial Integration / Anatomy Trains Structural Integration
  • The International School of Structural Integration
  • Mana Integrative Therapies
  • Soma Neuromuscual Integration

The Rolf Institute / British Academy of Rolfing Strutural Integration



The British Academy of Rolfing offers the first comprehensive Rolfing training program in the UK accredited and certificated by the European Rolfing Association, Munich and the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Boulder, Colorado. The school is ran by Advanced Rolfers and Rolf Movement Practitioners Giovanni Felicioni and Alan Richardson.
 Based on a similar structure to the original training format, the training is broken down into three main phases. 

The main centre of the Rolf Institute is based in Boulder, Colorado, USA (, with regular training programmes ongoing. The Institute has regional subsections such as The European Rolfing Association ( in Munich, and further subsections within that for the UK ( and Ireland (

The Guild of Structural Integration

In 1989, division within the Rolf Institute led to a number of key practitioners forming The Guild of Structural Integration to further explore and teach the traditional essence of Dr. Rolf’s teachings. Among them were Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior (the first two Rolf teachers appointed by Dr. Rolf in 1971), Richard Stenstadvold, Neal Powers and David Davis.


The European Guild of Structural Integration



The European Guild for Structural Integration was founded by students of Peter, Neal and Emmett and is an independent 'sister-school' of the Guild. It sees itself as providing a home for all practitioners (mainly in Europe) still practicing and teaching the original, unaltered 'recipe' and continuing the inquiry into the "Koan" Emmett was assigned. 

Hellerwork Structural Integration

josephhJoseph Heller left the Rolf Institute in 1978 to found Hellerwork. As well as Dr. Rolf, Heller also acknowledges major influences as Judith Aston, who orginially developed Rolf Movement, Dr. Brugh Joy, metaphysical teacher and author of Joy's Way, and Hal & Sidra Stone who developed the Voice Dialogue process of contacting, learning about and working with the many selves that make up each of us.
"Hellerwork is a synthesis of classic Structural Integration bodywork, movement education and a conversation to relate the mind and body, delivered in 11 sections which together transform your relationship with your body and your experience of being alive. Educating the driver as well as servicing the vehicle!"

Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) / Anatomy Trains

Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) is a distinct approach to SI developed by Thomas Myers, based on his experience with Dr Ida Rolf, Dr Moshe Feldenkrais's approach to movement repatterning, and designer Buckminster Fuller's Tensegrity geometry.
"The KMI 12-session series unfolds logically, using Tom Myers’ ideas of coherent meridians of myofascial connection, the Anatomy Trains® , as a guide. Following the principles enunciated by Dr Rolf, KMI practitioners use a wide vocabulary of touch to evoke and restore the natural balance, awareness, length and ease in their clients." 

International School of Structural Integration (ISSI)

ISSI_logoISSI was set up by Nilce Silvera (who studied at the Rolf Institute, graduating in 1983). She played an important role in setting up the Rolf Institute in Brazil and went on to form this International School with a number of highly experienced SI Practitioners.
"Our emphasis is on teaching Structural Integration according to the original method, as developed by Dr. Rolf -  a sequence of 10 sessions with an integrity and completion in themselves. We value a new perception of health and well-being that promotes awareness of the integration and interdependence of all body parts. We disregard the illusion that it is possible to affect parts in isolation, of any lasting value."

Mana Integrative Therapy

Structural Integration training delivered by Sol Peterson.




Soma Neuromuscular Integration

SOMA_logoSoma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration® was developed in 1977 by Bill Williams, who had a PhD. in Psychology and was an accomplished Rolfer® who studied directly with Ida P. Rolf. A lens of psychology expanded the approach beyond attention to the body’s physical structure and relationship to gravity. The added layer of acknowledging body, mind and spirit as an inseparable whole system supports the multidimensional human being and distinguishes Soma as the place to learn structural integration. 

The other internationally recognised SI Schools (as defined by IASI) are:
The CORE Institute, The Guild for Therapeutic bodywork Inc., Instit fur Strukturelle Korpertherpie, Institute of Structural Medicine, International Professional School of Bodywork, Institute of Structural Integration, Northwest Centre of Structural Integration, The School of Integrative Therapies, Soma Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Innovations. If you are a practitioner based in the UK and Ireland, who studied at one of these Schools, please get in touch.