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What is Rolfing®?

Rolfing® was developed by Ida P. Rolf, Ph. D. She originally called the technique Structural Integration, but for obvious reasons, the term Rolfing® came into popular usage. Now, the term Rolfing® and Rolfer® are registered service marks of the Rolf Institute.

Dr. Rolf obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1920 from Columbia University. In the 1930s, Dr. Rolf was unsatisfied with available medical treatment and explored alternative methods. By the 1940s, she had begun to develop her own technique and helped many chronically disabled people. She further refined her technique and ultimately wound up with the 10 sessions series. The series is designed to help an individual be more organized around a central vertical line, or more simply, to stand and sit straighter with less muscle effort.

Although this is a whole body approach, each session works with a different part of the body. The sessions build on one another and each has a specific goals. The ultimate goal, of course, is a more vertical, balanced physical structure.

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