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Dr. Ida P. Rolf

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What is Rolfing?

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Rolfing Structural Integration is the name given to the system of body manipulation originated by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, PhD in biochemistry.  Dr. Rolf had a child who had a health problem, and searched for a way, outside of conventional medicine, to solve it.  She went to work on the child with her hands and with a good measure of success,  discovered that she could restore the child’s body to a more balanced shape and alignment, ease of movement, by working with the connective tissue in the body.  This evolved, then, into working on friends, and friends of friends, until she had quite a reputation for being able to “fix” things for people in their bodies.

As a scientist she had the insight that gravity is a force constantly at work in the body either maturing it towards organization, alignment and wholeness; or as an ever disorganizing force compressing and misshaping the body. She worked privately for more than 20 years, asking people how they felt after the last session, watching them walk, and postulating about what she should do next for the person.   

Rolfing Structural Integration is a way of working with the fascia that balances the body in gravity.  In its most simply expressed form, Rolfers work with the body as a system of inter-related segments to restore these segments to proper alignment in the vertical and horizontal grid of gravity.  Thus for example, the Rolfer will determine the shift and tilt of the pelvis and its relationship to each leg in order to bring them into better vertical and horizontal balance with each other, while working with all other body segments, so that further balance, rather than strain, is induced through the whole body.

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Transformation and Rolfing  

The physical body in its shape, form, and negotiation of gravitational energy, cannot be divorced form the emotional state of a human being.  When the physical body is fluid and flexible, the emotions are allowed to be the same.  This is where Rolfing Structural Integration got its reputation for being an emotional therapy. Rolfing clients find a new freedom to allow emotions in their bodies and in so doing find that these emotions can enrich their creative capacities. 

There is a dimension in the Rolfing experience where client and Rolfer share in a field of the unknown.  This is where conscious experience at the level of language ends and felt experience at the level of the body begins. For the client this is a direct experience that the body's process has movement and a wisdom that can be trusted and relied upon at a deeper level than thought.  This is the center, the place where the spiritual is encountered.                                     

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