Who was Dr. Rolf?

Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. (1896–1979) was a bio­chemist and the cre­ator of Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion, lat­er called Rolf­ing, and a huge influ­ence in the devel­op­ment of body­work in gen­er­al.

Dr. Rolf explored mul­ti­ple forms of alter­na­tive heal­ing in an effort to bet­ter under­stand the body, ini­tial­ly to help her­self and her sons with health issues. In the devel­op­ment of Struc­tur­al Inte­gra­tion, lat­er to be called Rolf­ing, she drew from yoga, osteopa­thy, chi­ro­prac­tic, and oth­er modal­i­ties.

The cen­tral focus of Dr. Rolf’s work was to see that the body’s orga­ni­za­tion in grav­i­ty is absolute­ly essen­tial to order and health, and the con­nec­tive tis­sues (fas­cia) play a cru­cial role in how ordered or dis­or­dered the body is at any time.