The Rolfing® Association of Canada (RAC) is the professional association that represents Rolfers™ doing the practice of Rolfing Structural Integration manual therapy in Canada.
Our members are graduates of the Dr Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI), and they are bound by the same code of ethics and standards of practice as all Rolfers internationally.
Board of Directors
Vision of the RAC
The RAC is a national non-profit organization representing all Rolfers™ in Canada. The RAC is building a strong national presence for Structural Integration as a professional category of manual therapy. Structural Integration is one of the many types of touch therapy available to the Canadian public.
The RAC is educating the Canadian public, insurers, legislators, and health care systems about the strengths and skills of Canadian Rolfers as manual therapists doing Structural Integration.
Mission of the Rolfing® Association of Canada
The RAC is committed to advancing the profession of Structural Integration in Canada by:
- educating the Canadian public about Rolfing Structural Integration as a touch therapy that supports wellness and recovery from soft tissue injury and chronic pain states.
- supporting all Rolfers™ in Canada with professional services such as trademark licensing, continuing education, practice building, and community events promoting Rolfing Structural Integration.
- providing awareness to insurers, legislators, and the healthcare system of the benefits to the population when Rolfing Structural Integration is included into wellness insurance packages.
- teaching Rolfing Structural Integration basic training in Canada in order to increase the number of Rolfers practicing in Canada
History of the Rolfing® Association of Canada
The RAC formed in 2007 as a Regional International Office (RIO) of the Dr Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI) in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, the RAC signed a RIO agreement with DIRI, authorizing the RAC to represent Canadian Rolfers™ and to promote Rolfing Structural Integration in Canada. The governance of the RAC is provided by a volunteer board of directors who are certified Rolfers™ / Advanced Rolfers™.
The Dr Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI) (http://www.rolf.org)
The DIRI is located in Boulder, Colorado. It’s the original Structural Integration school established in 1971 by Dr. Ida P. Rolf (IPR) to teach and certify people doing the work of Rolfing® Structural Integration.
Today, Rolfers™ can be found practicing all across the US, Europe, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Canada, and many other countries. DIRI is the centre, the hub of all Rolfing work; it is the place that IPR chose for her legacy to continue on as an educational institution.
The administrators of DIRI work closely with the board of directors of RAC to provide quality membership services to Canadian Rolfers™. Together, DIRI and the RAC are focused on sharing the benefits of Rolfing Structural Integration with the Canadian public.
What is the Rolfing® Service Mark?
The Dr Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI) was granted the service mark “Rolfing” in 1979 by the United States Patent Office in order to differentiate “Rolfing” as the type of Structural Integration manual therapy taught exclusively at DIRI. DIRI then acquired the service mark for “Rolfing” and “Rolfer” in Canada. The only Canadian professionals allowed access to the service mark “Rolfing” and “Rolfer” are those who have graduated from DIRI and maintain good annual standing with the RAC and DIRI.