Ida Rolf is probably the 'mother' or by now 'grandmother' of all western fascial or myofascial therapies and her treatment approach Structural Integration one of the most profound and effective manipulative interventions into human physical structure.
Born on May 19, 1896 in Brooklyn, New York, she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from
the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. For twelve years she
worked at the Rockefeller Institute in the Chemotherapy and Organic Chemistry
departments. She also studied Mathematics and Nuclear Physics in Zurich and
Homeopathic Medicine in Geneva. In the 1930's, unsatisfied with the available medical
treatment, Dr. Rolf explored Osteopathy, Chiropractic Medicine, Tantric Yoga, the
Alexander Technique and Korzybskis work on 'consciousness'.
In the 1940's she had developed and experienced many breakthroughs with the work she did with chronically disabled people, who were unable to find help elsewhere. During the 50's and 60's her reputation spread, until she was invited to the Esalen Institute in California at the suggestion of Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt Therapy. There she began training practitioners and instructors in Structural Integration.
In the 1970's Ida Rolf founded her own school in Boulder, Colorado. She died In 1979. There are several schools continuing Ida Rolf's research to enhance the understanding of gravity's relationship with the human structure.