[ rawl-fing, rol- ]
/ ˈrɔl fɪŋ, ˈrɒl- /
a type of massage therapy involving sometimes intensive manipulation of the fascia of the muscles and internal organs to relieve physical and emotional tension, improve posture, increase vitality, etc.
Definition for rolfing (2 of 3)
[ rolf ]
/ rɒlf /
verb (used without object) Slang.
Origin of rolf
1970–75, Americanism; apparently variant of ralph
Definition for rolfing (3 of 3)
[ rawlf, rolf ]
/ rɔlf, rɒlf /
verb (used with object)
to massage using the techniques of Rolfing.
Origin of Rolf1
1965–70; after Ida P. Rolf (1897–1979), U.S. physiotherapist who invented the techniques
Related formsRolf·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rolfing
Rolf the Ganger
/ (rɒlf) /
other names for Rollo
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Medicine definitions for rolfing
[ rôl′fĭng ]
A service mark used for a technique of deep muscular manipulation and massage for the relief of bodily and emotional tension.
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