Dr Ida P Rolf
Dr. Rolf was one of the first women to receive a PhD
in biochemistry and physiology in the USA. Dr. Rolf was a pioneer and
ahead of her times in multiple ways: in the field of body therapy she
contributed the finding that gravity, as an organizing element, is particularly
important for the structure of the body, coordination of movement, spatial
perception and for human expression. Rolfing leads to a structural
rearrangement of the body and therefore gravity can be used as a positive,
Her ambition to introduce Structural Integration to as many people as possible took her all over the world. In the early 70s Ida Rolf founded the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
She dedicated the rest of her life to teaching the technique, which was named
after her later on. Structural Integration became known as “Rolfing” all over
When she died in 1979 she left behind a vital method which is applied by more than 1600 Rolfers all over the world today.
Connective Tissue and Gravity
It was Dr. Rolf’s theory that the cause of human discomfort, both physical and
emotional, may lie in our internal connective tissue and its relation to the
earth’s gravitational field.
There is, she argued, an optimal, more natural body alignment for each of us, which eases interaction between the self and gravity. When this alignment is lost through external factors, it causes internal stress which can manifest in real
discomfort. Prevent or correct the misalignment and the strain may be eliminated or at least limited. This is the central principle underlying
The organ linking all internal structures within the human frame is called the fascial web. This connective tissue unites and connects all inner parts of the human body and separates its functioning units.
Fascia is constantly changing and adapting in response to demands placed on the individual’s body. It reacts to particular physical change – to a joint for example – by producing extra material to provide stability and support.
However, it can produce more material than necessary. In time, rather than stabilising movement, it can actually reduce mobility, resulting in a change of postural position and patterns of movement.
Dr. Rolf called fascia the “Organ of Form” and suggested that through deliberate, accurate and precise movement of this tissue, over-all relief and well-being could be achieved. Through the Rolfing Touch, the elasticity and sliding capacity of the tissue can be restored and the body realigned in such a way that it can function with more ease. By introducing the influence of gravity on well-being Dr. Rolf broke new ground. Latest Scientific findings support her theory.
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