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Dr. Ida P. Rolf


Dr. Ida P. Rolf was born in the Bronx, New York on May 19, 1896. She graduated from Barnard College in 1916 with a degree in biochemistry. She received her Ph.D in biochemistry, from Columbia University, through the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1920. Rolf worked at the Rockefeller Institute until 1927, where she rose to the rank of Associate and published sixteen papers in scholarly journals. Rolf began her life’s work in the 1930s. She was searching for answers to personal and family health problems and she found modern medical treatments inadequate. Like the countless people that Dr. Rolf has helped, she began her investigation because she could not find relief from her chronic pain. Dr. Rolf researched and studied many different schools of thought in Europe and in the United States including homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, yoga, Alexander Technique, and Korzybski’s work on states of consciousness. Through her explorations Rolf noted that proper alignment, anatomical structure, and physiologic function were related and at the root of many methods of health and healing. All of these schools strive for alignment of the body through their own method. And Dr. Rolf agreed that bodies function best when they are properly aligned.



"Courtesy of The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration"

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