The Rolf Institute® Required and Recommended Texts

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Phase I: Foundations of Rolfing® Structural Integration
Phase I: Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration

Required Texts

Calais-Germain, Blandine. The Anatomy of Movement. ISBN: 9780939616572
Biel, Andrew. Trail Guide to the Body (Books of Discovery). ISBN 978-0-9829786-5-8

15% off any Trail Guide to the Body products purchased through the Books of Discovery website. Use code STU15 at checkout.

An anatomy atlas. These are recommendations, although any good atlas will suffice:
  • a. Netter, Frank. Atlas of Human Anatomy. ISBN: 9781416059516
  • b. Gilroy Anne, et al. Atlas of Anatomy (Thieme Anatomy). ISBN: 9781626232525

(Note: The anatomy atlases listed above are rather expensive, so you may want to wait until class starts and look them over before deciding which one you prefer).

McIntosh, Nina. The Educated Heart. ISBN: 9781496347312
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Caspari, Monica. Mindful Motion. Out of print. A PDF version is available for free at http://www.somatics.de/artikel/for-professionals/2-article/108-mindful-motion.

Recommended Texts

The following books are not required but are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as additional texts for your studies. These books will aid you in your studies and enhance your understanding of Anatomy & Physiology, Structural Kinesiology (the study of muscles, their attachments and Movements), and Therapeutic Relationship.
General

Juhan, Deanne. Job's Body, (Station Hill Press). ISBN: 9781581770995
One of the best books ever written on anatomy and physiology for bodyworkers. It is not a "beginner's text" and, therefore, is not assigned as the A&P textbook for Phase I. It does, however, give insights into this material that one does not get from standard A&P texts. An absolute "must have" for anyone who is considering a career as any type of bodyworker.

Anatomy and Physiology
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book (authors and publishers have changed over the years) ISBN: 9780321832016
  • Alcamo, Edward. Anatomy and Physiology-The Easy Way, (Barron's). ISBN: 9780764119798
    A good, beginner's textbook with just enough detail to fill out the material presented in classroom lectures for those desiring more information. Now titled Barron's Anatomy and Physiology the Easy Way By Edward I. Alcamo, Barbara Krumhardt, 2004.
  • Tortora, Gerald and Derrickson, Bryan. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology,(Harper Collins). ISBN: 9780470565100
    A much more in-depth text on anatomy and physiology with greater detail than A&P-The Easy Way. This is a textbook commonly used in nursing schools. A great book for anyone really interested in delving into the intricacies of A&P.
  • Rohen, Yokichi, Lutjen-Drecoll. Color Atlas of Anatomy (Williams and Wilkins) ISBN: 9781582558561
Kinesiology Atlas
  • Stone and Stone. Atlas of Skeletal Muscles, (Wm. C. Brown). ISBN: 9780073378169
    A well presented textbook with diagrams of individual muscles that will greatly aid in your study of Structural Kinesiology.
  • Bowden, Bradley and Joan. An Illustrated Atlas of Skeletal Muscles. (Morton Publishing Co.) ISBN: 978-1617311727

Phase II: Embodiment of Rolfing® Structural Integration & Rolf Movement® Integration
Phase III: Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory

Required Texts

Bond, Mary. The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand and Walk in the Modern World. ISBN: 9781594771248

Recommended Texts - updating, ISBNs forthcoming

Rolfing® Structural Integation
  • Agneessens, Carol. The Fabric of Wholeness: Biological Intelligence and Relational Gravity. (Quantum Institute Press, 2001).
  • Bond, Mary. Balancing the Body: A Self Help Approach to Rolfing Movement. (November 1996).
  • Maitland, Jeffrey. Spacious Body : Explorations in Somatic Ontology (October 1995)
  • Maitland, Jeffrey. Spinal Manipulation Made Simple : A Manual of Soft Tissue Techniques. (North Atlantic Books,
  • Prado, Pedro. Structural Stretches: Self Exploration and Cultivating the Vertical. (2001). We DO have copies that we have imported from Brazil, but are unable to list them online at this time. To order a copy, please call us at 303-447-2074.
  • Rolf, I.P. Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being (Healing Arts Press, 1989).
  • Brecklinghaus, Hans Georg. Rolfing Structural Integration: What it achieves, how it works and whom it helps (La Vergne, TN: Lightning Sorce, Inc., 2002).
  • Brecklinghaus, Hans Georg. The Human Beings are Awoken, You have set them upright. Body Structure and Conception of Man in Ancient Egyptian Art and the Present Day ISBN: 3-932803-04-3 (Lebenshaus Verlag (Germany), Distributed by Lighting Source Inc. (La Vergne, TN.)
Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Gorman, David. The Body Moveable. (Learning Methods Publications).
  • Kapandji, I.A. The Physiology of the Joints, 5th Edition, (New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1970). The three volumes give a very clear and graphic description of the mechanics of joint action. This complements the anatomical perspective as well as the kinesiological perspective. – Out of Print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
    • Vol 1: Upper Limb
    • Vol 2: Lower Limb
    • Vol 3: Vertical Column, Pelvic Girdle and Head
  • Kapit, W. and Elson, L.M. The Anatomy Coloring Book, (New York: Harper).
  • Luttgens, Deutsch, and Hamilton. Kinesiology: Scientific Basis of Human Motion, 9th Edition, (Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing, 1992 Note: Latest edition is from 2007). This text gives a clear introduction to the concepts of Kinesiology. Your optional study guide will be based in part on this book and its assignments. It gives a ground for the concepts of the class. Please consider getting another book or two for reference.
  • Myers, Tom. Anatomy Trains. (Harcourt Publishers, 2001).
Reference(Detail)
  • Stone and Stone. Atlas of Skeletal Muscles, (Wm. C. Brown, 1997). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Warfel, J.H., The Extremities, 5th Edition, (Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1985). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Warfel, J.H., The Head, Neck, and Trunk, 5th Edition, (Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger, 1985). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.

These books are handy for learning the muscle attachments, and very useful for the beginning student; however, they do not provide any organizing context for relating these concepts. They can be useful as an adjunct to any of the above-listed textbooks, but you must derive the larger concepts from the accompanying texts.

Physiology
  • Bloch, George. Body and Self,(Wm. Kaufmann, Inc., 1985). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Cottingham, J.T. Healing Through Touch: A History and Review of the Physiological Evidence, (Boulder: Rolf Institute, 1985). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Juhan, Deanne. Job's Body, (Station Hill Press).
  • Tortora, Gerald and Derrickson, Bryan. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology,(Harper Collins).
Other Recommended Texts Designed to Supplement Preparation
  • Callahan, P.S. Tuning Into Nature,(Flag Press, 1975). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Kendall and McCreary. Muscles, Testing and Function, 3rd Edition (Williams and Wilkins).
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  • Naugt and Callander. Illustrated Physiology, (New York: Churchill Livingstone). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Oschman, J.L. Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis of Bioenergy Therapies (2000).
  • The CIBA Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Musculoskeletal System (Volume 8), CIBA-Geigy, 14 Henderson Drive, West Caldwell, NJ 07006.
    • Part 1
    • Part 2
Bodywork & Movement
  • Aposhyan, Susan. Natural Intelligence: Body-Mind Integration and Human Intelligence. (Williams & Willkins, 1999). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Berthoz, Alan. The Brain’s Sense of Movement. (Harvard University Press, 2000). Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • Lauterstein, David. Putting the Soul Back in the Body.Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • McHose and Frank, How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness (North Atlantic Books, 2006).
  • Caspari, Monica. Mindful Motion. (Boulder Bookstore, 2002). Out of print. We DO have copies that we have produced, but are unable to list them online at this time. To order a copy, please call us at 303-447-2074.
  • Riggs, Art. Deep Tissue Massage: A Visual Guide to Techniques. (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA,).
General List of Rolfing Books/Resources for Your Consideration
  • R. Louis Schultz & Rosemary Feitis. The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical (North Atlantic Books) ISBN: 1-55643-228-3
  • Rolf, Ida. Rolfing: the Integration of Human Structures (Dennis-Landman, publishers) Out of print. To try to buy a used copy, see out-of-print bookstore list above.
  • DVD Format – Gil Hedley, Ph.D. The Integral Anatomy Series – Volume 1: Skin and Superficial Fascia (Integral Anatomy Productions, LLC) order from www.integralanatomy.com 2005, ISBN: 3-7101-03727
  • DVD Format – Gil Hedley, Ph.D. The Integral Anatomy Series – Vol. 2: Deep Fascia and Muscle, also now available at http://www.integralanatomy.com