Dr. Ida Rolf.
When she developed Rolfing more than 50 years ago, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D., first called her work structural integration. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf’s insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity. She observed that, over time, the field of gravity actually accentuates the body’s imbalances and diminishes its flexibility. Based on these core observations, she developed her method of hands-on manipulation - which later became known as Rolfing - to reduce gravity’s adverse effects on the body.
Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.
“ Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin. In order to enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created.”
Ida P. Rolf PhD
Dr. Rolf recognised that the body is inherently a system of seamless networks of tissues rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues, called fascia, actually surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Rolfing works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign and balance the whole body, thus resolving discomfort, reducing compensations and alleviating pain. Rolfing aims to restore flexibility, revitalise your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.