The effectiveness of Rolfing has been substantiated through numerous published studies. A controlled study at UCLA conducted by Dr. Valerie Hunt and Dr. Wayne Massey documents that Rolfing achieves its goal: “to create and maintain a more balanced energy system which conserves energy rather than expends it.” Researchers found that among clients who completed ten sessions of Rolfing compared to a matched sample that had not received Rolfing, movements were smoother, more dynamic and less constrained; there were fewer extraneous movements, body movements more dynamic and energetic, carriage was more erect with less straining to maintain a balanced stance.
Articles have been published in the Journal of Physical Therapy summarizing the effects of Rolfing on the autonomic nervous system and the angle of pelvic inclination. Yet another study at University of Maryland documents the positive physical and emotional effects of Rolfing. These and numerous other current articles and studies are available through The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado.