Rolfing®, Rolfer™, Rolf Movement® and the Little Boy Logo are service marks of  the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute™ (formerly known as The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration®), in Boulder, CO.

© 2020 by Elias Limberopoulos, Certified Rolfer


Research on Rolfing® Structural Integration

More and more research is being published about Rolfing SI.  Below is a reference list in pdf that is available for anybody to download. This is research published in peer-review journals or conferences and makes a brief quick introduction to what has been done in the field. Part of the list is reference to Fascia Research Congress as well.

List of references for current research

International Fascia Research Congress

The first International Fascia Research Congress was held at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA on October 4-5, 2007. It was the first international conference dedicated to fascia in all its forms and functions. This conference was intended to be a catalyst. The emphasis and centerpiece was the presentation of the latest and best scientific fascia research for clinical professionals in whose specialties the human fasciae are central in both theory and practice. Many of the scientists attending had little experience with clinical practice and clinicians were often unfamiliar with each other's work. At this landmark event professionals from the separate domains of basic research and clinical practice had an unprecedented opportunity to learn from one another and gain insights to inform and enrich their respective areas of work and lead to new areas of scientific inquiry and improvements in applied methods. More information on this conference can be found at

Article from SCIENCE Magazine on the First Congress:

Science Magazine, "the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary," has an excellent write up about the First International Fascia Research Congress in its November 23, 2007 issue (vol. 318, pp. 1234-5).
“Biomedical Research; "Cell Biology Meets Rolfing" and “From Rolfer to Researcher”

The article by David Grimm is titled "Cell Biology Meets Rolfing: A diverse group of researchers wants to create a new discipline from scratch by bringing together experts in fascia and deep- tissue massage."

The Sixth International Fascia Research Congress (FRC) will be held in Montreal, September 13 – 15, 2021. The conference theme will be: Critical Evaluation: Science – Translation – Practice, focusing on the role of critical evaluation and peer review from the standards in scientific research to the assertions made by clinicians. Pre-conference workshops will be September 12, 2021.

Other Resources for Practitioners and Scientists

Dr. Pedro Prado is sharing lots of interesting literature and use cases also in his web library. He made his Ida P. Rolf Library of Structural Integration available here: or

Robert Schleip, PhD and Rolf Institute faculty, offers the latest research on fascia and its implications for Rolfing SI at and


Gil Hedley has reference materials that explore the human form through anatomy education and in the laboratory at and



Relaxation Station

10655 S. Hale Ave.

Chicago, IL (Beverly) 60643 

Garrett Hypnosis & Wellness Center

3020 N. Kimball Ave

Chicago, IL (Logan Square) 60618

Limber Mind and Body

263 N. Convent,  Suite 8

Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Appointments are made by phone at 773-627-2698.

Tired of dealing with pain?
Can't move the way you used to?
Schedule a phone consultation or appointment and learn how working with Elias can help you return to doing the things you love.