Rolfing and Physical Reality

By (author) Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.

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Rolfing and Physical Reality
By (author) Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.

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Pages : 224

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892813803

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

On Sale Date : November 01, 1990

Format : Paperback Book

A self-portrait of the warm, wise woman who created the therapy that bears her name. Here, Ida Rolf tells of her life and the wonder of the human body, and explains her technique of manipulating muscle tissue to induce correct alignment in the body.
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About Rolfing and Physical Reality

A warm and wise self-portrait of the woman who originated the therapy that bears her name. Here, Ida Rolf tells about her life, about the wonder of the human body, about life in general, and about Rolfing in particular, explaining her technique of manipulating muscle tissue to allow the body to come into its correct alignment. 

After Rolfing, your body has been encouraged to do what it wants to do--you move with ease, your lungs take in more air, and you are taller (and therefore, slimmer). 

Table of Contents

Table of content

Rolfing and Physical Reality 

Introduction
Part I - In General
Part II - Mainly About Rolfing
Glossary of Some Technical Terms

Author Bio
Ida P. Rolf received her Ph.D. in biochemistry and physiology from Columbia University in 1920, and subsequently worked at the Rockefeller Institute in chemotherapy and organic chemistry.  She is the founder of the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. 
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Book Praise

Book Praise

". . . a perceptive and affectionate introduction to Ida Rolf and her therapeutic system. One is treated to selections from Rolf's intuitive, intelligent, and humorous commentaries on the background, philosophy, and technique of Rolfing."
Library Journal 
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HEALTH / BODYWORK

“. . .when Ida Rolf integrates structure, as nobody else can, she improves functioning. . . .Rolfing was a revealing and unforgettable experience for me.”
--Moshe Feldenkrais

What are the forces that disturb the body’s natural alignment and establish conditions of chronic pain and dysfunction? It was this question that led Dr. Ida Rolf on her lifelong search for a means to undo the ill effects of time and injury (both physical and emotional) on the body’s structure. The result was Rolfing, an organized pattern of bodywork that has freed millions to live healthier, more active lives.

In this book of lucid, informal talks, the woman behind the method speaks out about her experiences, her theories, and the therapy she developed of deep muscular/connective tissue manipulation. Ida P. Rolf (1896-1970) received her Ph. D. in biochemistry from Columbia University in 1920. She subsequently worked at the Rockefeller Institute in the department of organic chemistry. She came upon the idea of Rolfing, or Structural Integration, during her search for solutions to family health problems. Finding available methods of treatment inadequate, she began drawing on her extensive knowledge of hatha-yoga to investigate the effect of structure on function. For more than four decades, Dr. Rolf taught classes in Rolfing worldwide, and in 1972 she established The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. By the time of her death, Rolfing centers were emerging in Europe, South America, and Australia.

This intimate yet down-to-earth book provides a vivid impression of a warm, funny, and wise woman, and a reassuring picture of Rolfing: it is not a matter of coercing the body into submission; rather the body is encouraged to do what it really wants to do - work with, not against gravity.

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