Scientific Research

The European Rolfing® Association (ERA) is supporting scientific research about the effects, effectiveness and therapeutic mechanisms of the Rolfing® method…

  • in the physiological and medical domains,
  • in the field of health promotion,
  • in the psychological and social domains,
  • in the fields of anthropology and philosophy.

In the category Rolfing® Research you can find lists of publications out of all four research areas. Research events and proposals/grants are announced under News.

In the physiological and medical realms the clinically experienced data of Rolfers™ are supported by the actual results of the worldwide Fascia Research. The European Rolfing Association ERA was co-organizing the First International Fascia Research Congress at the Harvard Medical School in Boston 2007. This Fascia Congress was positively noticed internationally, you will even find a detailed report in the respected scientific magazine “Science” ( article, PDF). The Second International Fascia Research Congress will again be supported by the ERA.

Dr. biol.hum. Robert Schleip, the Research Director of ERA, was awarded recently with theprestigious Vladimir-Janda-Award. This award is presented by the German Society for Manual Medicine (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Manuelle Medizin), the Society of Manual Medicine Physicians (Ärztegesellschaft für Manuelle Medizin), as and the Physiobörse (Wittlich) every two years.

A Scientific Advisory Board of renowned researchers advises our organization as well; further details can be found here.

Contact persons:
Dr. biol.hum. Robert Schleip, Research Director of the ERA