Books & Research

Introductory books

  • The new rules of posture — Mary Bond
  • Rolfing: Stories of personal empowerment — Briah Anson
  • Ida Rolf Talks: About physical reality — Rosemary Feitis D.O. and Louis Schultz Phd eds.

Rolf Movement books

  • Balancing Your Body: A Self-Help Approach to Rolfing Movement — Mary Bond
  • Fabric of wholeness: biological intelligence and relational gravity — Carol Agneessens
  • Mindful Motion — Monica Caspari

General Rolfing books

  • Rolfing: Re-establishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body for vitality and well-being — Ida P. Rolf PhD
  • The Endless web: Fascial anatomy and physical reality — Louis Schultz Phd and Rosemary Feitis D.O.
  • The Body reveals: An illustrated guide to the psychology of the body — Ron Kurtz and Hector Prestera
  • Fascia and membrane technique: A manual for the comprehensive treatment of the connective tissue system — Peter Schwind PhD
  • Spinal manipulation made simple: A manual of soft tissue techniques — Jeffrey Maitland PhD
  • Anatomy trains: Myofascial meridians for manual and movement therapists — Tom Myers
  • How life moves: Explorations in meaning and body awareness — Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank
  • Structural stretches: Self exploration and cultivating the vertical — Pedro Prado PhD
  • Spacious body: Explorations in somatic ontology — Jeffrey Maitland PhD
  • Bone, breath and gesture: Practices of embodiment — Don Johnson ed.
  • Groundworks: Narratives of embodiment — Don Johnson ed.
  • Waking the tiger: Healing trauma — Peter Levine PhD
  • Healing through touch: A history and review of the physiological evidence — John Cottingham

Research Web sites

Rolf Research Foundation
Rolf Institute® research page

Selection of academic papers on Rolfing structural integration

Three dimensional mathematical model for deformation of human fasciae in manual therapy. Chaudhry HR, Schleip R, Ji Z, Bukiet B, Maney M, Findley TW, Journal of American Osteopathic Association 108(8):379-390, 2008

Viscoelastic behavior of human fasciae under extension in manual therapy. Chaudhry H, Huang C, Schleip R, Ji Z, Bukiet B, Findley T, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 11(2):159-167, 2007.

Passive muscle stiffness may be influenced by active contractility of intramuscular connective tissue. Schleip R, Naylor IL, Ursu D, Melzer W, Zorn A, Wilke HJ, Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W, Medical Hypotheses 66(1):66-71, 2006.

Active fascial contractility: Fascia may be able to contract in a smooth muscle-like manner and thereby influence musculoskeletal dynamics. Schleip R, Klingler W, Lehmann-Horn F, Medical Hypotheses 65(2):273-277, 2005.

Improvement in balance with Structural Integration (Rolfing): A controlled case series in persons with myofascial pain. Findley TW, Quigley K, Maney M, Chaudhry H, Agbaje I, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 85(9):e34, 2004.

Fascial plasticity - a new neurobiological explanation: Part 1. Schleip R, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 7(1):11-19, 2003.

Fascial plasticity - a new neurobiological explanation: Part 2. Schleip R, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 7(2):104-116, 2003.

Outcomes of Structural Integration applied to patients with different diagnoses: A retrospective review. Deutsch JE, Derr L, Judd P, DeMasi I, Reuven B. Proceedings of the XIV International World Congress of Physical Therapy, Barcelona, 2003.

Treatment of chronic pain through the use of Structural Integration -Rolfing-. Deutsch JE, Derr LL, Judd P, et al, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America 9(3):411-425, 2000.

Structural Integration (Rolfing), osteopathic, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, Alexander, myofascial release, and related methods. Oschman JL. Pp 165-174 in: James L. Oschman.  Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 2000.

Integrating manual and movement therapy with philosophical counseling for treatment of a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A case study that explores the principles of holistic intervention. Cottingham J, Maitland J, Alternative Therapies In Health and Medicine, 6(2): 128,120-7, 2000.

Structural integration applied to patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a retrospective chart review. Talty CM, DeMasi I, Deutsch JE, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 27(1):83, 1998.

Structural Integration applied to patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A retrospective chart review). Talty C, DeMassi I, Deutsch JE. (1998). Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 27(1):83, 1998.

A three-paradigm treatment model using soft tissue mobilization and guided movement-awareness techniques for patients with chronic low back pain: A case study. Cottingham J, Maitland J, The Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 26(3):155-167, 1997.

Structural Integration applied to patients with a primary neurologic diagnosis: two case studies. Deutsch JE, Judd P, DeMassi I. Neurology Report 21(5):161-162, 1997.

Effects of soft tissue mobilization on pelvic inclination angle, lumbar lordosis, and parasympathetic tone: Implications for treatment of disabilities associated with lumbar degenerative joint disease. Cottingham JT, Public testimony presentation to the National Center of Medical Rehabilitation Research of the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD; March 19, 1992. Rolf Lines 20(2):42-45, 1992.

The role of connective tissue as the physical medium for the conduction of healing energy in acupuncture and Rolfing. Larson D.  American Journal of Acupuncture. Amer J Acupuncture 18(3):251-266, 1990.

Shifts in pelvic inclination angle and parasympathetic tone produced by Rolfing soft tissue manipulation. Cottingham J, Physical Therapy, 68:1364-1370, 1988.

Biomechanical structuring for figure skating. Preliminary pilot study report for the US Figure Skating Association. Conducted by Helen James, Katharine Robertson, and Neal Powers, Olympic Training Center Camp, CO. pp. 1-22, 1988.

Effects of soft tissue mobilization (Rolfing pelvic lift) on parasympathetic tone in two age groups. Cottingham J, Porges SW, Lyon T, Physical Therapy, 68:352-356, 1988.

Functional evaluation of Rolfing in cerebral palsy. Perry J, Jones MH, Thomas L, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 23(6):717-729, 1981

Effects of structural integration on state-trait anxiety. Weinberg RS, Hunt VV, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 35(2), 1979.

A study of Structural Integration from neuromuscular, energy field & emotional approaches. Hunt VV, Massey W, Weinberg R, Bruyere R, Hahn PM, Research Report submitted to Rolf Institute, UCLA Dept. of Kinesiology, 1977.

Estructural Electromyographic evaluation of Structural Integration techniques. Hunt V, Massey W, Psychoenergetic Systems 2:199-210, 1977.

Psychological effects of Structural Integration. Pratt TC, Psychological Reports, 35(2):856, 1974.

Stress, stimulus intensity control, and the structural integration technique. Silverman J, Rappaport M, Hopkins HK, Ellman G, Hubbard R, Belleza T, Baldwin T, Griffin R, Kling R, Confinia Psychiatrica 16(3):201-19, 1973

Marvin Solit: A Study in Structural Dynamics. 'The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association' Vol. 62,  p.30-40, 1962.