Dr Ida Rolf

Structural Integration was founded by Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf.  She gained her PhD in Biochemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in the USA in 1920.  Following this and in an effort to find solutions for the various health problems of both herself and her family, she embarked upon further studies in the areas of osteopathy, chiropractic, homeopathy and yoga.  She observed closely the effect of gravity on the body and believed that the imbalances in structure placed excessive demands on the network of soft tissues; muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. Her life’s work was devoted to this investigation, which led to the system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education known as Structural Integration, otherwise known as Rolfing, that is taught and practiced widely today.

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