[rawl-fing, rol-]
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. Unabridged


verb (used without object) Slang.
to vomit.

1970–75, Americanism; apparently variant of ralph


[rawlf, rolf]
verb (used with object)
to massage using the techniques of Rolfing.

1965–70; after Ida P. Rolf (1897–1979), U.S. physiotherapist who invented the techniques

Rolfer, noun Unabridged
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Rolf or Rolf the Ganger (rɒlf)
other names for Rollo
Rolf the Ganger or Rolf the Ganger

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Word Origin & History

masc. proper name, introduced in England by the Normans, from O.N. Hrolfr, related to O.H.G. Hrodulf, lit. "wolf of fame" (see Rudolph). Rolfing (1972) as a deep massage technique is named for U.S. physiotherapist Ida P. Rolf (1897-1979), and first attested 1958, as Rolf Technique.
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Rolfing Rolf·ing (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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