“So many therapists are striking at the
pattern of disease instead of supporting
the pattern of health. Rolfers are not
practitioners curing disease, they are
specialists in health. They are giving
their attention to the better working of
people's minds and bodies.”

“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 a constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening envirnoment. Those over forty may all it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure… that it has been ignored: They are off balance. They are at war with gravity.”

Ida P. Rolf, a native New Yorker, graduated from Barnard College in 1916. In 1920 she earned a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Rolf worked for twelve years at the Rockefeller Institute, first in the Department of Chemotherapy and later in the Department of Organic Chemistry. She rose to the rank of Associate, a rare accomplishment for a young woman in those days.

In 1927, she studied mathematics and atomic physics at the Swiss Technical University in Zurich and homeopathic medicine in Geneva.

Returning to the United State in 1930, she spend the next decade exploring osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, yoga, the Alexander technique and Korzybski's work on states of consciousness. Dr. Rolf was integrating these diverse learning experiences with the desire to find more effective approaches for conditions that conventional medical treatments seemed unable to help. She developed a new approach to working with the body called Structural Integration.

©2011 Briah Anson