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Recommended Reading & Research

Books written by Rolfers

These books vary in topic and style, please check which aspects interest you before purchasing.

  • Rolfing: Re-establishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body for vitality and well-being – Ida P. Rolf PhD
  • Rolfing structural integration: What it does, how it works and whom it helps – H. Brecklinghaus
  • Ida Rolf Talks: About physical reality – Rosemary Feitis D.O. and Louis Schultz Phd eds.
  • The Endless web: Fascial anatomy and physical reality – Louis Schultz Phd and Rosemary Feitis D.O.
  • The Body reveals: An illustrated guide to the psychology of the body – Ron Kurtz and Hector Prestera
  • Rolfing: Stories of personal empowerment – Briah Anson
  • Fascia and membrane technique: A manual for the comprehensive treatment of the connective tissue system – Peter Schwind PhD
  • Spinal manipulation made simple: A manual of soft tissue techniques – Jeffrey Maitland PhD
  • Anatomy trains: Myofascial meridians for manual and movement therapists – Tom Myers
  • How life moves: Explorations in meaning and body awareness – Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank
  • Structural stretches: Self exploration and cultivating the vertical – Pedro Prado PhD
  • Spacious body: Explorations in somatic ontology – Jeffrey Maitland PhD
  • Bone, breath and gesture: Practices of embodiment – Don Johnson ed.
  • Groundworks: Narratives of embodiment – Don Johnson ed.
  • Waking the tiger: Healing trauma – Peter Levine PhD
  • Fabric of wholeness: biological intelligence and relational gravity – Carol Agneessens
  • Healing through touch: A history and review of the physiological evidence – John Cottingham
  • The New rules of posture – Mary Bond
  • Mindful Motion – Monica Caspari


A range of scientific studies support the beneficial effects clients claim from their Rolfing experience. For a list of these studies see www.rolf.org

As more research is being done on fascia itself, a better understanding of the soft connective tissue system is helping to describe why Rolfing works, and how it can become more effective. For more information, go to www.fasciaresearch.com


Uploaded 5 October 2008, www.rolfing.co.za, editor: Eugenie Grobler