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Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being Paperback – October 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; Revised edition (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813353
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the case of humans, structure and functuion are meaningless, one without the other; so that when (Ida Rolf) integrates structure, as nobody else can, (she) improves functioning." (Moshe Feldenkrais)

About the Author

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. She is also the author of Rolfing and Physical Reality.

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The key to health and vitality, according to Dr. Rolf is structural integration.
Richard Krug
If you are interested in the human body in any way, get this (you should get it anyway, you will become interested!).
Ãsmund Mãšland
This is a must read for anyone interested in the body and health-- with one caveat!
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Olsen VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
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Rolfing can make profound changes in posture and movement. This book tries to get beyond the medical dissection model of anatomy and really get at the way the core postural muscles are supposed to coordinate movement. The chapter on the psoas is worth the price of the book.
This IS NOT a how-to on Rolfing nor does it get into the transformative powers of Rolfing from the perspective of someone who is undergoing processing. It is more a book of anatomy and kinesiology.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2003
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I found this book to be very helpful in deepening my understanding of the way the different parts of the body are interconnected and interdependent. It has influenced my yoga practice and my teaching. I better understand how the physical practice of yoga helps with spiritual transformation. I highly recommend this to anyone who wishes to be actively involved in your own transformation and evolution. This book will help yoga teachers identify the bony landmarks on the body to help brighten a student's alignment and free up energy in the body. It starts from the feet and moves up, just as you would create any pose. The language is easy to understand and there are many valuable drawings and photographs which illustrate each point.
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I am a clinical massage therapist in Seattle, WA. I was trained in a method of manual therapy called Neuromuscular therapy by its founder, Paul St. John I came to understand the importance of balance in the structure of the body. When a friend gave me an original copy of this book: 'Rolfing: Reestabling...' by Dr. Rolf I fell right into it. Dr. Rolf was the progenitor of a point of view that stresses a.}close examination of the alignment and physical (or structural) balance of the body, b.} a direct relationship between structure and function in this regard, and c.} the notion that a manual approach can re-organize the body in a deep and meaninful way. I kept discovering very quotable passages, and thinking 'That's what I always say'. I came to see that without Ida Rolf as my grandmother in the field of hands on therapy, I could never have been trained in a way that I could have had those insights. A very validating experience to find that you had got the message, even when you really derived it from things that you heard second hand.

As a text, this book goes a long ways to filling in some of the mysterious blanks in our understanding of the body and it's function in gravity. It has enjoyable prose, flowing description and explanation, countless photos of case studies, and even more valuably it has a great number of hand-drawn illustrations, I beleive by Ida Rolf herself. The book covers specific subjects that are not undertaken by any other texts I have read in this field, where balance and structural orientation are concerned (look for the biomechanical description of the function of the pelvic floor, for example).

For people who work with the body in a hands-on clinical fashion, this book is a classic. It would fill a great gap on the shelf on anyone concerned with physical examination as well.

I can heartilly reccommend the book at this price,too.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Minos T. Gordy on August 27, 2003
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This book is invaluable in understanding the inter-relationships within the human body--and nothing is more important for proper assessment and treatment of myofascia. This is not a technique book, rather a book which details the fundamental principles of stuctural bodywork. It will aid any therapist in gaining a deeper understanding of the human body and avoiding the all-too-common problem of symptom chasing. Read this book to understand how structure effects function, and function effects health.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ãsmund Mãšland on October 2, 2006
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I was very gladly surprised when I saw how well Rolf writes, as I was expecting the originator of Structural Integration therapy to use a "heavy" language, like F.M. Alexander did in his books on the Alexander Technique. The only thing keeping me from breezing through this book are my own ponderings on the insights Rolf constantly gives me. If you are interested in the human body in any way, get this (you should get it anyway, you will become interested!).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Krug on June 14, 2012
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This book is very well written and does an excellent job in explaining the theory behind the technique known as Structural Integration (aka Rolfing). The book convincingly shows the importance of the body being in proper alignment within its own structural "pattern" so as to be able to function efficiently within the Earth's gravitational field. This is called being in a state of "equipoise." A body not in alignment is referred to as a "random" body in Rolfing terminology, and the random body has less energy, less functional efficiency, and is much more susceptible to the negative effects of gravity.

As an interested lay person, I found the text of the book to be quite adequate in portraying Ida Rolf's perception of the human body and the significance of the fascia tissue. For those wanting more detail, however, there are about 600 photos and diagrams with extremely detailed captions.

The book claims that the only way to restructure the body is through manual manipulation (as practiced in Rolfing). Even yoga, a superior form of physical exercise, according to to Dr. Rolf, cannot achieve this. Rolfing is portrayed as holistic (monism) in nature, which essentially means that anything which affects the mind affects the body as well; conversely (and this is where rolfing comes in), anything affecting the body has something of a corresponding affect on the psychological aspect of a person. I found Dr. Rolf's references to this to be very interesting and worthy of further contemplation.

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