This is a question I’m asked all the time, and it has a long but simple answer. Structural Integration is a type of bodywork; ‘Rolfing’ is one of several ‘brands’ of Structural Integration. ‘Rolfing’ is the original brand of structural integration developed by Ida Rolf. The term ‘Rolfer’ is given only to practitioners who complete their training at the Rolf Institute and is a trademarked name. ‘Rolfers’, the same as all structural integrators, are representing the work of Ida Rolf and her structural integration bodywork.
I trained with another school of structural integration (the CORE Institute) based out of Tallahassee, FL. Currently there are several schools in the country teaching structural integration: The Rolf Institute, The Guild For Structural Integration, The Soma Institute, The CORE Institute, and KMI are the most recognized. All of these programs’ teachings are based off of Ida Rolf’s original work and most are extending her work as our understanding of fascia and movement increases.
As a group of professionals, structural integrators, whether from the Rolf Institute or any other school, are brought together by the International Association of Structural Integration (IASI), which serves to broaden our knowledge, consolidate our teachings and create a standard of practice for all Structural Integrators.