About the Institute

Vision of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

We envision a world in which optimizing structure and function of the human body is an integral part of health and well-being.

Mission of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

To provide high quality education and promote research to advance Rolfing® Structural Integration and Rolf Movement® Integration - our proprietary methods for optimizing human structure and function. 

History of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

Established in 1971, the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI) is a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of California and Colorado. Recognized by the U.S. Government as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, educational and scientific research organization, DIRI is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and periodically sponsors additional trainings in other locations. DIRI has four international licensees with regional offices in Germany, Brazil, Japan and Canada that offer programs compatible with trainings sponsored in the U.S. Learn more about the history of Dr. Ida Rolf

Certifications and Accreditation

The Institute sets high standards for candidates, students in training, and members as reflected by its Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and Continuing Education.

Established in 1971, The Rolf Institute is a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of California and Colorado. It is recognized by the U.S. Government as a tax-exempt educational and scientific research organization. The Rolf Institute has its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, and with regional international offices in Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Canada. Currently, The Rolf Institute has four official licensees that independently offer training that is compatible with the training sponsored by the U.S. Office; the European Rolfing Association e. V. in Munich, Germany; the Associacao Brasileira de Rolfistas in Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Japan Rolfing Association in Tokyo, Japan; and the Rolfing Association of Canada in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The Basic Rolfing® Certification Program is accredited by The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. In order to graduate from an accredited program all three phases of the program must be attended at The Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. Regional and International programs are not accredited by COMTA.

As a school, it is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools.

The Rolf Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under category A.

The Rolf Institute is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education and Training benefits.

The Rolf Institute is approved by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to provide services to clients of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Only the Basic Rolfing Certification Program offered solely in Boulder, Colorado is eligible for benefits. 

The Rolf Institute is an equal opportunity organization and as such does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.

Research of Rolfing® Structural Integration

Rolfing Structural Integration has been the subject of research studies at several major universities, including Harvard Medical School, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Stanford School of Medicine and University of Sao Paulo. These studies demonstrate the positive effects of Rolfing Structural Integration. Learn more about our research efforts.

Service Marks of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

In 1979, the United States Patent Office granted service mark rights for the word "Rolfing" to the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute, distinguishing "Rolfing" from all other forms of structural integration. DIRI is the sole owner of the trademark "Rolfing", the brand and all its derivatives.

Trademark and Copyright Information

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Service Mark
In 1979, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted exclusive service mark rights for the term "ROLFING®" to The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (“DIRI”), distinguishing ROLFING® Structural Integration from all other forms of structural integration. DIRI is the sole owner of the trademark "ROLFING®", the brand, and all its derivatives.

“ROLFING®” Trademark Usage:
The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration is the sole certifying body for ROLFERS™ and ROLFING® practitioners. Only graduates of the DIRI training program who become members of DIRI, may offer ROLFING® services to the public, and may refer to themselves as ROLFING® practitioners, CERTIFIED ROLFERS™, ROLF MOVEMENT® PRACTITIONERS and/or CERTIFIED ADVANCED ROLFERS™. To determine if a practitioner is a member of DIRI, consumers look for these trademarks.

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We are the school where changing lives becomes a reality.

At the heart of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® is a dedication to the discipline of Structural Integration, a form of holistic manual therapy that focuses on the fascia. Pioneered by Dr. Ida Rolf in the 1970s, the ten-session approach she developed is the core of this rapidly growing field in the bodywork sphere. Her founding philosophy and practice of aligning the body in gravity continues to underpin our dynamic and multi-modal curriculum today.

As a thought leader in somatic therapy, our passion is teaching how to positively change lives, building a community of caring practitioners that can guide others in discovering a way to move with ease.

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