History

RolfingSI was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf over 70 years ago.

She was a Ph.D. in biochemistry and well studied in mathematics, atomic physics, homeopathic medicine, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, consciousness, language/semantics, Alexander Technique, and Yoga. She was a Ph.D. in biochemistry and well studied in mathematics, atomic physics, homeopathic medicine, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, consciousness, language/semantics, Alexander Technique, and Yoga.
From her studies, she recognized:

  • The body has an intelligent, dynamic, multi-directional structure that wants to be in balance with gravity.
  • Most human beings are significantly out of alignment with gravity;
  • We function better when we are lined up with gravity; and
  • The human body is so plastic that its alignment can be brought into harmony with gravity at practically any time of life through hands on work in the body’s connective tissue matrix.

In the 1930s, most of her work was with the chronically disabled and those who could not find help elsewhere. In the 1960s, she began teaching a select group of others how to do her work. In 1970, she established The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, which, today, has schools in Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan, and Canada.

Dr. Rolf passed in 1979.