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History of the Rolfing Structural Integration

History of Rolfing
Ida Rolf with a clientIda Rolf

Ida Rolf

Rolfing Structural Integration was formerly developed by Dr. Ida Rolf (1896-1979) in the 1950s-1970s. Ph.d. in biochemistry, Ida Rolf very early emphasized the effect of gravity on the body structure. She realized that when the body is balanced in the gravity, the physical, mental and emotional capabilities are made stronger and more available.

She then developped a method of bodywork combining manual mobilizations of the fascias (the tissues of form and support of the body) and movement education, whose purpose is to allow the body structure to be organized and well balanced around the vertical Line’ of the gravity.  The amazing results that she obtained, made the success of this method in the USA.

Ida Rolf used to call her method “Structural Integration” but her early students named it Rolfing® after her name, this last one has remained. With her first students she created the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration – RISI in Boulder, Colorado (USA), whose purpose was to spread and develop the work and theory of the Rolfing Structural Integration.

Rolfing today

Today, several Rolfing associations are accredited by the RISI throughout the world. In Europe the European Rolfing Association (ERA) is located in Munich (Germany). Approved Rolfing associations are the only organizations allowed to train practitioners to become Rolfer. Rolfing is a living technique supported by a very active community that includes many researchers and scientists around the world.