What is Rolfing® ?

Rolfing® Structural Integration is a system of manual therapy and sensorimotor education that aims to improve posture and function by freeing the body of pain, tension and other limitations. 

Dr. Rolf recognized that the body is inherently a seamless network of tissues, rather than a collection of separate parts. These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. 

Through tissue manipulation and movement analysis, Rolfing® SI works on this web-like complex of connective tissues to release, realign, and restore the body to its natural state.



Athletes, dancers, musicians, children, professionals and people from all walks of life have experienced the benefits of Rolfing®. Physical stress and injury can cause changes in a person’s body that impede movement. If, for example, an athlete breaks an ankle, that subtle shift can force the body to compensate, changing the way they move.

Rolfing® aims to lengthen connective tissue; transforming the body back into alignment, increasing efficiency and fluidity in movement. For chronic pain suffers, Rolfing® may potentially release painful compression associated with backaches, tension headaches and neck pain. 



In 1920, Ida Pauline Rolf received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Despite the resistance she faced as a woman in the field of science, she furthered her knowledge of the body through research in organic chemistry at the Rockefeller Institute.

Driven to find solutions to her own health problems as well as those of her two sons, she spent many years studying and experimenting with different systems of healing and manipulation. 

Throughout most of her life she was intrigued with and explored many forms of alternative healing including homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and yoga. The notion that proper alignment, physiologic function and anatomical structure are related is the basis of many of these healing methods.

Dr. Rolf posed this fundamental question: "What conditions must be fulfilled in order for the human body-structure to be organized and integrated in gravity so that the whole person can function in the most optimal and economical way?"

 Her life's work was devoted to this investigation which led to the system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that we now call Rolfing®.

Dr. Rolf continues to be recognized as a pioneer and leader in soft tissue manipulation and movement education.