No, but Rolfing® is one kind of Structural Integration. It’s a brand name thing—only Rolf Institute™ graduates are called Rolfers™. There are currently eighteen schools of Structural Integration that are member schools of the International Association of Structural Integrators™.
IASI recognizes these schools for offering high-quality educational programs in the field of bodywork that was pioneered by Dr. Ida Rolf. The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration™ is the school that was founded when she was still alive. As Dr. Rolf hoped and intended, the field of Structural Integration has grown—a number of experienced teachers (who were trained as Certified Advanced Rolfers™) have gone on to form their own schools, each with a different flavor or emphasis. The various SI schools may have divergent philosophies of approach to the work, but all SI practitioners work within the fascial system with the goal of improving the body’s structural balance for the benefit of the whole being.
Follow these links to learn about:
- the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI)
- Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI)—the school at which I trained, founded by Thomas Myers, Certified Advanced Rolfer™
- Thomas Myers’ acclaimed book, Anatomy Trains, adopted as a textbook on fascial anatomy by SI schools, movement therapists, and manual therapists throughout the world.