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 (rôl′fĭng, rŏl′-)
A service mark used for a technique of deep muscular manipulation and massage for the relief of bodily and emotional tension.


(Complementary Medicine) a massage technique based on achieving the symmetrical alignment of the body


(ˈrɔl fɪŋ, ˈrɒl-)
a type of massage therapy involving sometimes intensive manipulation of the fascia of the muscles and internal organs.
Rolf, v.t. Rolfed, Rolf•ing.
Rolf′er, n.


Also called structural integration, this is a form of deep massage designed to correct posture, developed by Ida Rolf.
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The author draws on several modalities and philosophies: the chakra system from India, the Oriental model of qi flow through meridians, the craniosacral model of cerebrospinal fluid movement through the spinal column, the manual lymphatic drainage system, and the Ida Rolf method of structural integration.
Ida Rolf wrote that, 'The psoas does not bulge forward; it lengthens and falls back within the abdomen [as it flexes]' (6).
More than 50 years ago, Ida Rolf earned a doctorate in biochemistry and developed a system of soft tissue manipulation.