Rolfing is a trademarked approach within the generic field of structural integration. It was developed by Ida Rolf, Ph.D., a biophysicist who earned her doctorate in the 1920's. She began doing her form of bodywork in the 1940's and 50's. Her clientele included Georgia O'Keefe and Buckminster Fuller and she worked with other pioneers in the bodywork field. In the 1960's she began teaching at Esalen Institute. She formed the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, in 1972.
Rolfing involves a form of deep tissue work for reordering the body so as to bring its major segments-head, shoulder, thorax, pelvis, and legs-into a finer vertical alignment. The technique loosens or releases adhesions in the fascia, the flexible tissue that envelops our muscles and muscle groups. The fascia is supposed to move easily and allow easy articulation or movement of muscles or muscle groups past each other. However, trauma such as injury or chronic stress can cause stuck points or adhesions, in which the fascia is in a sense frozen, not allowing full freedom of movement. The Rolfer works to restore this freedom of movement, resulting in a more balanced, vertical alignment of the body and often a lengthening or expansion of the body's trunk. Rolfing usually takes place over a series of ten organized sessions dealing with different areas of the body.
----William Collinge, American Holistic Health Association

Washington Area Rolfers

  • Joy Beluzzi, Chevy Chase, MD, 301-654-5025
  • Kat Burnett, Fairfax, VA, 703-863-7653
  • Emily Gordon. Frederick, MD, 240-575-0454
  • Serena Powell, Manassas, VA, 703-791-7653
  • Cosper Scafidi, Alexandria, VA, 703-836-3678
  • Thom Shenk, Rockville & Bethesda, MD, 301-452-6630
  • Bill Short, Washington, DC, 202-328-3441
  • Mary Starich, Silver Spring, MD, 301-437-2825