Starting in 1975 with one of Dr. Ida P. Rolf’s grandchildren, I have worked with hundreds of babies, children, and whole families. My intention and commitment is to see Dr. Rolf’s vision realized in our work and thereby create fundamental changes to the world we live in.
1975 Robert Toporek began studying directly with Dr Rolf and her son Dick Demmerle. In 1978 Dr Rolf choose Robert to implement a project to demonstrate, document and promote the benefits of Rolfing for babies and children. Over 4,500 men, women, and children have benefited from his work. This article is a comprehensive look at Rolfing beyond the initial series.
Touch is by far the most interesting and necessary of the ‘five senses.’ The sense of touch develops before all other senses in embryos and is the main way in which infants learn about their environment and bond with other people. This sense never turns off or takes a break, and it continues to work long after the other senses fail in old age. Throughout life, people use their sense of touch to learn, protect themselves from harm, relate to others, and experience pleasure. Interestingly, positive touch from others is necessary for an individual’s healthy development. Despite the presence of all other life requirements, without this positive touch, infants fail to thrive. With positive touch, babies and children will grow emotionally as well as cognitively.