IDA P. ROLF Ph.D.

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>> ROLFERS MAKE A LIFE STUDY OF RELATING BODIES AND THEIR FIELDS TO THE EARTH AND ITS GRAVITY FIELD, AND WE SO ORGANIZE THE BODY THAT THE GRAVITY FIELD CAN REINFORCE THE BODY'S ENERGY FIELD. THIS IS OUR PRIMARY CONCEPT. <<
Ida Rolf (from Rolfing & Physical Reality)



Ida Pauline Rolf Ph.D. was an american biochemist and the founder of Rolfing® - Structural Integration. She was born in 1896 and died in 1979. She grew up in the Bronx, New York and did study biochemistry at the University of Columbia. She was one of very few women to get her Ph.D. in the 1920s. She did have an enormous scientific curiosity and was a pioneer in her field of experience.

Besides her job at the Rockefeller Institute she teached Yoga for many years. Because of health problems of her own she engaged in yoga and osteopathy as well as homeopathy. She realized, that by stretching certain body parts in combination with specific pressure on tensed tissue, relaxation and breathing did change in a positive way. In the course of time she developed her specific technique. It soon became a whole method and a system which she called "Structural Integration".

In the mid 60s she met Fritz Perls, the founder of the Gestalttherapy at the Esalen-Institute. By working with him Rolfing® did reach a certain level of public awareness. Thanks to him, Ida Rolf started to teach her method in a systemical and methodical way. In order to give her knowledge and understanding of the human body a frame she developed the series of the 10 sessions.

Since then Rolfing® did get very popular in the US. In the beginning 70s Ida Rolf founded the "Rolf Institue® of Structural Integration" in Boulder, Colorado/USA. Due to her scientific curiosity and her unmistakable instinct of the human organism we now do have a unique concept of treating the body in a holistic way.


ROLFING® AND ROLFER™ ARE REGISTERED SERVICE MARKS OF THE ROLF INSTITUTE® OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION, BOULDER/ COLORADO, USA