Originally called structural integration, Rolfing was created by Ida Rolf, an American biochemist who was deeply interested in chiropractice, yoga and homeopathy. She named this modality ‘structural integration’, however nowadays most people refer to it as rolfing. The belief is that gravity is the main enemy of our bodies; It wrecks us, throws us off balance, limits our movement. The connective tissue, or fascia contracts and stiffens due to incorrect posture and sedentary lifestyle. The fascia connects our muscles to our bones and skin. It separates internal organs from each other, and gives overall structure to our body. So when the fascia is out of balance and constricted, the result is stiffness and pain. Rolfing sets your fascia free.
Rolfing: Structural Integration: Balancing the Body
How to become a certified rolfer?
An intensive training of a year and a half or a modular training of two and a half years is necessary. You can obtain this certification at the Institute in Colorado. Furthermore, every practitioner has to go through continuing education and has a strict code of ethic to respect, assuring the quality of the method.