Rolfing® is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement
education that organizes the whole body in gravity. Rolfing affects
the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial
system (connective tissue). Research has demonstrated that Rolfing
creates more efficient muscle use, allows the body to conserve
energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement.
Rolfing has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress,
reduce spinal curvature in subjects with lordosis (sway back),
and enhance neurological functioning.
seek Rolfing as a way to reduce pain and chronic stress, generally
resulting from physical and emotional traumas.
Rolfing is used by many professional athletes, dancers
and entertainers to improve their performance. Some manufacturing
companies have employed Rolfing to decrease workers’ compensation
costs due to repetitive stress injuries. And, based on
the mind/body connection, many counselors and therapists
incorporating Rolfing in the therapeutic approach. Greater
physical support and flexibility ultimately influence emotions
and energy levels.
Rolfing® structural integration is named after its creator,
Dr. Ida P. Rolf. Dr. Rolf received her Ph.D. in biochemistry
from Columbia University in 1920 and furthered her knowledge
of the body through her scientific work in organic chemistry
at the Rockefeller Institute. Her extensive search for solutions
to family health problems led her to examine many systems that
studied the effect of structure on function, including yoga,
osteopathy and chiropractic medicine. Dr. Rolf combined her
research with her scientific knowledge to stimulate a deeper
appreciation of the body’s structural order, resulting
in the theory and practice of Rolfing. There
are more than 1,000 Certified Rolfers in 27 different countries.
Rolf Institute is located in Boulder, Colorado, with offices
in Germany and Brazil.