That fuller function was achieved through systematic
change to the body’s structure made possible because of
the inherent plasticity, the sculptability, of our bodies.
Ida developed her system through studying various
methods to improve the human structure that already existed:
osteopathy, yoga, and various movement therapies.
Two keys underlie her system:
Dr. Rolf’s main goal, to bring the body into
harmony with the field of gravity and avoid fighting a
losing battle with that field.
She saw this was possible due to the plastic,
sculptable nature of the body that allows change to the form
through the application of her method.
Dr. Rolf spent several decades developing her system, teaching
others to do this work, teaching a core of Rolfers to teach
her system. Finally,
towards the end of her life, Ida applied her method to working
with children, as she is doing in this photo by Rolfer Ron