Ida Rolf – Founder of Rolfing Structural Integration


Ida P. Rolf received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Colombia University. For 12 years she worked at the Rockefeller Institute in the Chemotherapy and Organic Chemistry department. She took a leave of absence to study mathmatics and atomic physics in Switzerland, while also studing Homeopathy in Geneva.

Challenged by personal and family health issues, she sought alternative answers to the standard treatments offered. Ida explored Osteopathy and Chiropractic medicine, along with many other modalities. Her quest for health and wholeness led her to many discoveries about the body, particularly fascia and it’s affect on bringing the body into a healthy “Line”.

This understanding enabled her to develop the method known as Structural Integration. Many have come to know it as “Rolfing” being named after her. Other schools have taught her method such as the Guild for Structural Integration, and the Rolf institute. Joseph Heller – the first President of the Rolf Institute started his own school and his work became known as “Hellerwork.”

In the 1960’s Dr. Rolf worked with many pioneers of the “Human Potential Movement” at the Esalen Institute in California. Pioneers such as Fritz Perls – the founder of Gestalt Therapy, and Moshe Feldenkrais the founder of the feldenkrais method. Ida also took interest in the Alexander Technique where she picked up the concept of “the line”.


Ida Rolf’s Structural Integration methods are taught and practiced around the world by many passionate practitioners who have been inspired by her work.

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