About the Institute

Learn More about the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®

The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (DIRI) is the only school, whether in the United States or worldwide, that trains Rolfers and Rolf Movement® Practitioners. Certified Rolfers are the only professionals who can provide Rolfing® Structural Integration to the public.

DIRI's high standard for candidates, students-in-training, and Rolfers are reflected in its Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and continuing education trainings.

The Vision of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute is...

to bring the benefits of Rolfing® Structural Integration to the world. This goal is accomplished through providing a quality training program in Rolfing Structural Integration, certifying Rolfers and providing them with continuing education, promoting research and educating the public about the value of Rolfing SI.

The Mission of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute is...

  • To select, train, and certify qualified and competent practitioners of Rolfing Structural Integration.
  • To provide continuing education for Certified Rolfers.
  • To promote programs of research in Rolfing Structural Integration.
  • To educate the general public concerning the principles of structural
    integration and the useful and beneficial nature of Rolfing Structural Integration.

History of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

Established in 1971, 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.

The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation

Important information: 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.

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.

The 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.