"Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening environment. Those over forty may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: they are off balance, they are at war with gravity. " Dr.Ida P.Rolf.
Rolfing, also called “Structural Integration” is a form of integrative somatic education and tissue manipulation, developed in the 1950s by the biochemist Dr. Ida P. Rolf.
Since the 1950s, the method has spread and developed worldwide.
Dr. Rolf started her research with an emphasis on structure. Over the years, she realized that the same attention has to be paid to the understanding of function, of exercise patterns, of the different energy systems of the body and of the effect of physical and emotional trauma on the body.
Today, Rolfing works not only with structures (neuro-myofascial strains, membranes, joint fixations, cranial, visceral), but also with the unconscious retention in movement patterns, suppressed emotions, trauma, neurological fixations, blocked energy, perception or confusion related to one's view of the world.
Rolfing has these developments constantly being refined, while integrating new insights and discoveries into the discipline and related work.
More info can be found on: www.rolf.org/history.php