rolf

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verb, often capitalized \ ˈrȯlf also ˈrȯf \

Definition of rolf

transitive verb
:to practice Rolfing on

First Known Use of rolf

1968


Medical Dictionary

rolf

transitive verb, often capitalized \ ˈrȯlf also ˈrȯf \

medical Definition of rolf

:to practice Rolfing on

Biographical Note for rolf

  • Rolf \ˈrȯlf\, Ida P. (1896–1979), American biochemist and physiotherapist. Rolf received a doctorate in biochemistry and physiology. After working 12 years as a biochemist, she devoted 40 years to developing a new kind of physical therapy involving vigorous manipulation of the body's underlying musculature. The muscular manipulation was held to correct the body's structure so that it would be in alignment with the earth's gravitational field. Rolfing became an object of considerable popular interest in the 1970s.

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