The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration doing business as 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.
We envision a world in which optimizing structure and function of the human body is an integral part of health and well-being.
Our Mission is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Looking back, the Rolf Institute has trained the best in the business, including people who've found success with their own schools and training."
"I had an incredible yearning to get people off the table and working better - was tired of treating symptomatically. I needed more skills."
"Rarely will you work on someone for 15 hours in other modalities and completely change their lives."
"We are the only globally accredited school devoted to the art and science of fascia work as it relates to the body and being."