About The Founder
In 1920 Dr. Ida Rolf earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. For twelve years she furthered her knowledge through research in organic chemistry at the Rockefeller Institute.
Driven to find solutions to her own health problem as well as her two sons, Dr. Rolf explored and experimented with different healing system such as osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, yoga, the Alexander Technique, Homeopathic medicine and Korzybski's work on states of consciousness.
By the 1940's she had developed and experienced many breakthroughs with the work she did on chronically disabled persons unable to find help elsewhere. During her scientific research, she made a fundamental discovery about the body; the same network of connective tissue which contains and links the muscle system when its healthy can be used to reshape it when it's been pulled out of proper order.
Dr. Rolf further refined her technique and developed a training program to insure that this important work would continue. Since her death in 1979 at the age of 83, the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration has continued to share her work by certifying Rolfers and Rolf Movement Practitioners, supporting research, and building upon her inspiration. Today, there are more than 1,550 Rolfers and Rolf Movement Practitioners worldwide.