Dr. Rolf developed Structural Integration during the 1940’s and 50’s, and her work became popularized in the 1960’s. She earned her PH.D in biological chemistry from Columbia University’s in 1920. At the same time she was working towards her degree, she also worked as a research fellow at the Rockefeller Institute. Following an accident which left her with acute phenomena, she was unable to find relief from mainstream allopathic medicine. Eventually she found her way to an osteopathic practitioner, who get her back to health.
The experience with the osteopath was the catalyst for a life long search into health and the human condition. She took up the study of osteopathy, yoga, homeopathic medicine, Alexander Technique, philosophy and spiritual studies. Eventually she became well known as a healer who could help people who had been unable to find help elsewhere. People started lining up outside her apartment in New York where she practiced. Her approach was direct, as well as experimental, and gradually she developed her understanding and honed her natural abilities.