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Ida_with_Client_lgLong, long ago in a century far, far away lived a woman named Ida Pauline Rolf. She observed that the structure of the human body affects its optimum function, and set out to do something about it. Receiving her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 1920, she worked as a Research Associate at Rockefeller Institute from 1919 to 1927 during which time she published fifteen research articles. In addition to biochemistry, Rolf’s thinking was influenced by her practice of yoga and treatments and training from pioneer osteopaths.

Rolf started working hands-on with people in New York during World War II. By the 1950s she was traveling the country teaching structural integration to chiropractors and osteopaths. It was in the 1960s Rolf ended up working with Fritz Perls, the father of Gestalt Therapy. That was when structural integration become known as Rolfing and got caught up in the human potential movement.

Rolfing structural integration is somatic education the main purpose of which is to improve the structure and alignment of the body. It is not a form of massage therapy. Rather, Rolfing practitioners are the structural experts of the human body. They use skillful hands-on techniques as well as movement education to empower clients to take charge of their own physical and emotional health. Rolfing also has the potential to support personal evolution through enhancing the vertical alignment of the body, facilitating the upward movement of energy through our systems and the subsequent evolution of consciousness.

And now a visual guide . . .


This IS Rolfing


This is NOT Rolfing


This is NOT Rolfing

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© Carole LaRochelle, 2009.

Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. I’ve been thinking about finding a way to communicate more directly with people who are interested in my Rolfing practice and work. I considered a direct mail newsletter, or even an e-mail newsletter generated through a service like Constant Contact. However, I myself have an overflowing e-mail inbox and dread the thought of creating more push content for people to sort through. Hence. . . it occurred to me a blog would give those who are interested the opportunity to see what I’m thinking about, studying or working on in relation to my private practice. I have a lot of great ideas and things I want to share with you. I am also open to your ideas and requests as well.
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