Commemorating 125 year of Dr Ida Rolf with Pierpaola Volpones

Describe how Ida’s words have inspired your work and life…

‘I met Ida Rolf by reading her book ‘Rolfing’ for example. And by reading the book, I knew that that was exactly what I was looking for. For example, when I read the feet, the first challenge, it was different from any other manual. So, I understood by studying this method, I would study something which is to do with people and basically with myself, most of the time. So, the holistic approach was totally new from me in that time, it was the 80s or last century and it was really inspiring and was a drive for the constant research about my profession which is not so different from my life or the person who I am. So, I am constantly looking to find my centre and be in a relationship with my inside reality together with the outside reality of the environment, so, allowing gravity to flow’.

How does Ida’s work continue to be relevant in the 21st century?

‘The key element of the manual approach of Rolfing is the understanding that we work on the connective tissue, on the fascia. That was a completely new information, a new prospective and it took 70 years to be proved that fascia is a system. So, we have to call it a fascia system. Fascia is an organ, a sensory organ, so, it is not just a wrapping, but it is a whole organ that is informing, connecting, and separating all body parts. And actually, Ida Rolf used to call it the organ of form so, she knew it already’.

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