Who was Ida P. Rolf?
Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf came on the holistic health and bodywork scene more than 50 years ago when she received her PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University. Dr. Rolf struggled with health problems of her own, which drove her to search for solutions in healing realms such as yoga, osteopathy and chiropractic care. Her extensive research into the body's structural order eventually led her to hands-on work with family and friends who suffered from physical pain. This work was nicknamed “Rolfing” by those she helped, a name carried on by her students and the practitioners of her work. There are about 1,900 Rolfers in the world today, with schools in the US, Europe, Brazil and Japan. To learn more about Ida Rolf and pursuing an education in Rolfing, visit http://www.rolf.org.
How Does Rolfing Work?
Rolfing usually takes place over a Series of ten sessions, each one designed with a specific goal in mind. For instance, Session One focuses on opening the path of the breath, working with the tissues of the neck, throat, lungs, ribcage and respiratory diaphragm to allow full breath--perhaps for the first time in your life. In later sessions we explore differentiating the tissues of the front and back body, and the core and the surface. This is a conscious, movement-oriented, client-based approach where each individual is involved in his or her healing process. We are retraining the nervous system to do its job in a vital and healthy manner.
Don't feel constrained to the Ten Series, however. Individual sessions (one to three or more) are also possible, based on your unique needs, and can be discussed over the phone or at the time of your first appointment.