Although Rolfing admittedly sounds like something you might be inclined to do down a back alley in Soho, you may otherwise have heard of it by the name of Structural Integration. I discovered this book as a well intentioned student massage therapist. By far and away it was the best, most sophisticated examination of human functional anatomy I have ever seen. And seen since; one of those books that changed me- a bible of bodyworking. Ida Rolf started out with a PhD in biochemistry, which makes it all the more intriguing that she should develop an interest in functional anatomy. Rolf had an interest in REAL bodies, not the idealised artist's impressions that we see in anatomy books. Real bodies are messy. They are made of connective tissue, cartilage, sinews, muscles and bones all welded together in one wholistic functional unit. Bodies are energetic. They transmit, store, and contort with emotion and use, and Rolf explores all of this with a multitude of graphs, charts, diagrams and photographs. This book is unashamedly technical. Just the title indicates that fact: `Rolfing- Re-establishing the Natural Alignment and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being'. It demands a rigorous and intimate knowledge of anatomy which Rolf assists in greatly. Not by simplification, but by explanation- she is an inspired teacher. After a biomechanical study of the various functional units of the body (e.g. hips, lower locomotion unit, shoulder girdle, head and neck), she asserts that correct postural function on which so much of health depends, can be regained by structural integration. This is a type of deep tissue processing, not dissimilar from a Chinese burn, only twice as painful. Rolf bases much of her therapy on the much ignored, but enigmatic connective tissue. After reading this book, I went out for the full series of sessions, and grew about 1 inch in height! This is a must read of PE heads, all bodyworkers, and those students geared towards the medical sciences.