Supplemental Reading + Products
- A Practical Guide to Rolfing SI by Owen Marcus – A concise discussion of the Rolfing process, answering many common questions.
- Structural Integration Origins and Development – An article from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine explaining Ida Rolf’s role in the origin of Structural Integration.
- Understanding Rolfing – A Physical Therapy Forum article on the Rolfing process by Jim Boyce. Explains some of the anatomical and physiological theories behind manual therapy.
- The Rolfing Experience: Integration in the Gravity Field – Betsy Sise, a master Rolfer, presents Rolf’s exciting work on many levels: introduces Rolfing to the beginner; an overview of Rolfing philosophy; a virtual 10-session Rolfing series; direct interviews and extensive comments from teachers who worked directly with Ida Rolf; and the author’s own Rolfing odyssey.
- The Cellulite Myth: It’s Not Fat, It’s Fascia – One of my favorite modern books on fascia. Ashley Black is the founder of the now infamous FasciaBlaster, and explains the anatomy and theory behind fascial work in the first 80 pages of this easy to read book.
- The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality – A deeper look at the fascial anatomy and its holistic effect on the body.
- The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand, and Move in the Modern World – One of the best books on posture available today. Mary Bond takes readers through dozens of exercises to help build awareness, core strength, and postural fluidity.
- Rolfing: Stories of Personal Empowerment – Anecdotal stories by clients who had their lives changed for the better by the Rolfing process.
- A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain – From the founder of bettermovement.org, this book contains the essence of Todd Hargrove’s teachings on movement, posture, and pain.
- Fascia Blaster – Ashley Black’s tool for self-release of fascia. If you buy this product I recommend starting with the FaceBlaster, which has smaller hooks and is generally more effective around the entire body.
- The Foam Rolling Bible – For foam rolling addicts, this is a great resource to get the most out of your foam roller.
- Still Point Inducer – Sold by the Upledger Institute, the primary teachers of Craniosacral therapy, the SPI does a terrific job of releasing cranial and neck tension, and balancing the craniosacral rhythm of the body.
- The Rolflex – This is personally my favorite tool for self-care. It’s essentially a myofascial release and trigger point tool that you can use on virtually any body part.
- Neck Hammock – Another excellent tool for relaxing the neck. Simply hang it from a door handle and lay in it for 20 minutes. Very effective.
- Better Movement – Todd Hargrove’s site on movement and pain science. Very helpful resources on nerve impingement can be found here.
- Fascia Research – The fascia research capital of the internet and academic world. You can keep up with all the latest fascia information here.
- The Fascia Research Group – The Somatics group have compiled a significant amount of research, articles, and information about Rolfing and related practices.
- International Fascia Research Congress – Yes, there’s a Fascia Research Congress.
- Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation – Research related to Ida Rolf’s work.
- The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration – The official site for Rolfing Structural Integration. RISI operates out of Boulder, CO and has subsidiary schools in Brazil, Germany, and Japan.
- Find a Rolfer™ in your area – If you can’t find a Rolfer near you check this resource. You can also verify a Rolfer here.
Referrals for additional Austin Rolfers and Bodyworkers:
- Gina Kilgus, Certified Rolfer – Gina is my business partner and girlfriend. She also inspired me to get into this field. I highly recommend her work, as do many others. To work with her you will likely need to schedule months in advance.
- Nick Engel, PT – Forget what you know about PT. Nick Engel works in an entirely different manner, using manual therapy and nervous system work to release muscles and activate others. For complicated issues, Nick has a doctorate in Physical Therapy and can do excellent work.
- AOMA Clinic – Many world class acupuncturists teach at AOMA. There is also a student clinic where you can receive sessions for $30. I recommend their North Austin location, which is only 5 minutes from our office.
Kian Fallahi | Certified Rolfer | 4412 Spicewood Springs Rd #402 | Austin, TX | 78759 | Schedule a Session