”When the body gets working appropriately, the
force of gravity can flow through.
Then spontaneously the body heals itself.“—Ida P. Rolf, PH.D.
P. Rolf was an extraordinary pioneer whose work in the “Human Potential” movement
influenced and inspired a generation. Dr. Rolf received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry
from Columbia University in 1920. Subsequently her work took her to the Rockefeller
Institute where she worked in the department of Organic Chemistry. Later,
she began her studies in homeopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, yoga,
chiropractic, and the Alexander Technique, in search of alternative solutions
to family health problems. These studies heavily influenced her thoughts
about structural effects on the human body. Her astounding discoveries working
with the chronically disabled in the 1930’s and 40’s eventually
came to be known as Structural Integration. Her curiosity, vision, intuitive
nature, and the gift of her hands drove the following 30 years of her life
to developing the techniques and training programs in Structural Integration.
Dr. Rolf was a rare person with incredible creative insight and the ability
to see things in a new way. Her ingenious legacy lives on in the work of
John Latz: As a true disciple of Ida Rolf in the lineage of the Rolf
Method of Structural Integration, John Latz founded the Institute for Structural
Integration (ISI) in 1992. John received his certification as a Rolfer® in
1985 and his advanced certification in 1987 from the Rolf Institute®.
His experience as a Rolfer® was profoundly affected when he began his
mentorship with one of Ida Rolf’s foremost students, Emmett Hutchins.
This launched a seven year collaboration which helped to shape and develop
John’s innate skills. Today, John continues Ida Rolf’s legacy
at ISI. Through his unique teaching style, John’s integrity, sensitivity,
and keen awareness of the body inspires and empowers his students. His skilled
mastery in fascial layering and intuitive understanding of Dr. Rolf’s
work is renowned throughout the Structural Integration community. His ability
to teach this gift is unsurpassed. John is also a Reiki Master and has taught
this form of energetic healing to over 3,000 people throughout the United
The mission of the Institute for Structural Integration
(ISI) is to provide
continuing education for massage therapists and body workers, in the Ida
P. Rolf Method of Structural Integration, a process of profound personal transformation.
The school is dedicated to teaching Dr. Rolf’s principles, including
her three main premises:
1. Structural Integration is both a technique for
personal growth and a philosophy representing a way of life.
2. Dr. Rolf’s
fundamental teaching of the vertical line (a straight line of gravity in a
wellaligned body) is an experience of the physical, physiological and spiritual
3. The process of organizing the body around the “Line,” known
as the Recipe is central to the program.
Through these principles, the Institute for Structural Integration
is committed to helping serve the community through dedicated practitioners
who embody Ida P. Rolf’s vision of integrating body, mind, and spirit.