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Ida Rolf on “Rolfing” Structural Integration

Here’s something we ran across on the website.  Who better to explain the subject that Dr. Rolf herself?

An essay by Ida P. Rolf, founder of Rolfing® Structural Integration, dated March 1977

Like so many teachers, some of them very close to home, I complain that people do not seem to understand my basic goals, the fundamental purpose for which Rolfing has been developed. In an effort to lessen this type of frustration, I offer the following summary of Rolfing developments, purposes, and ideas.

First, let me reiterate what I have often said before: I as an individual, am not primarily interested in the relief of symptoms, either physical or mental. To hear Rolfees tell of their “wonderful”, “unbelievable” symptom alleviation, it is hard not to accept this assessment as a goal. However, I am interested in human potential, and human potential per se neither includes nor excludes the palliation of symptoms.

As of today, Rolfing is accepted as being one of the most basic, one of the most reliable means of developing whatever potential is latent in any given human, psychological as well as physical. By what route did Rolfing reach this particular eminence? We assume that human beings are, as a species, evolving toward verticality. What are the intellectual considerations which can speed us on our way toward understanding the value of this verticality?

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Rolfing® Structural Integration and the Vikings

Today, a fellow Structural Integrator sent us a link to this YouTube video. Rolfing and Structural Integration has helped many professional athletes to be on top of their game. It’s no suprise that the Vikings consider it a vital part of their training!

“This is a segment from Vikings Game Day that talks about how the NFL Minnesota Vikings use Rolfing® Structural Integration to keep their players ready for game day. The coverage is quite thorough, particularly in its presentation of what Rolfing really is. I believe this video is from May 8, 1997.”


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What is Rolfing? Who Can Benefit?

By Micaela Romualdez

Rolfing is form of bodywork that involves loosening the fascia covering our muscles and other organs and aligning the body to help promote better posture. It is the goal of rolfing to provide postural release and support the body so that it functions to its fullest potential. Structural abnormalities can promote dysfunction or even pain. Loosening the fascia helps realign the body. Fascia not only covers up our muscles, it also wraps around all the other structures of the body thus holding them in place. Whenever there is a misalignment, the body must fight against the detrimental effects of gravity. This causes our bodies to exert more effort to engage in normal movement. When there is no misalignment, the body works in conjunction with gravity providing ease of movement. Read the rest of this entry »


Dr. Andrew Weil’s “Tip of the Day”

Dr. Andrew Weil’s “Tip of the Day” for the 4th of July is “Four Reasons to Try Rolfing”. That’s fitting for Independence Day!

Four Reasons to Try Rolfing

Do you suffer from chronic stress, pain or bad posture? You may want to consider Rolfing. Named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing is often referred to as “structural integration.” It is not simply massage, it is a system of deep manipulation of the connective tissues that aims to restructure the fascia (the sheath of tissue that surrounds a muscle) and relieve physical misalignment. Read the rest of this entry »


How is Rolfing different from Structural Integration?

Mike Bulger does a great job answering this question on his website.

Check it out here: Structural Revolution.


Fashion reporter Xazmin Garza discovers Rolfing

Xazmin Garza

Xazmin Garza

It seems that Oprah and Dr. Oz have set off a domino effect leading to even more great news coverage of Structural Integration!

Fashion reporter Xazmin Garza writes “Beauty Queen,” a monthly column published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In her column on the 29th of February, titled “The Evolution of Man,” the Beauty Queen writes:

I’m in a slump. Not a Shaquille O’Neal kind of slump but more of a Quasimodo one, as in my upper back borders on hunch status. . . . During one of her Dr. Oz shows, the queen of daytime introduced the world to Rolfing. Say it aloud: Rolfing. Yes, it sounds like another name for vomit or the noise Arsenio Hall used to accompany his fist roll with but it’s neither. The name comes from its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, and it’s a “connective tissue manipulation technique” used to bring your body’s alignment back in order. Translation: it deslumps.

Read the entire article on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website,


Oscar-Nominated Short on Leon Fleisher Airs Aug. 2 on Cinemax

Written by Kevin Shihoten

The documentary short by Nathaniel Kahn, Two Hands, nominated for a 2006 Academy Award, airs tonight on Cinemax at 7:00 p.m Eastern time (check local listings).

In the 17-minute film, pianist Leon Fleisher speaks about the despair and triumphs he has experienced due to focal dystonia, a neurological condition that caused two digits in his right hand to curl early in his career, forcing him to retire at 36.

Fleisher turned to teaching, conducting and the left-hand piano repertoire. In 1982, after tendonitis surgery, he performed Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in an ostensible return to traditional two-handed repertoire.

“I remember being backstage in the dressing room before going out … and bursting into tears,” recalled Fleisher, realizing further treatment was needed for a more complete recovery.

In recent years, Botox injections and Rolfing have enabled him to resume a regular performing career. Read the rest of this entry »


Structural Integration Gets Vogue

More great overage for the Structural Integration world in this month’s Vogue magazine. See the full text as a PDF document.

Hats off to Heidi Julavits and Vogue magazine for introducing women to this effective approach to bodywork! In her article, Ms. Julavits tells of her experience with “Rolfing,” saying:

  • I’m sold. Like yoga, Rolfing is one of those practices that your body instantly tells you makes a lot of sense. Meanwhile, I keep catching glimpses of this unrecognizably poised woman in glass storefronts; her back, despite the fact that she’s pushing a stroller or weighted down by her office-in-a-handbag, is laughably, even arduously straight. But that power-exuding woman in the window is me, and it requires no effort at all to be her.

Visit Vogue’s website.