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 realmsmany of the clinically experienced data of Rolfers™ are supported by the actual results of the worldwide Fascia Research. The European Rolfing Association (ERA) was an instramental suppoter of 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 subsequent fascia congresses (2009, 2012, 2015) were also supported by the ERA, as will be the upcoming 5th Fascia Research Congress in Berlin in 2018.

Dr. biol.hum. Robert Schleip, the Research Director of ERA, was awarded with the Vladimir-Janda-Award 2006. This award was presented by the German Society for Manual Medicine (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Manuelle Medizin), the Society of Manual Medicine Physicians (Ärztegesellschaft für Manuelle Medizin),  and Physiobörse Anatomie & Physiologie (Wittlich) to Dr. Werner Klingler and Dr. Schleip for their research work related to fascia.

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