Dr. Robert Schleip

Information on Dr. Robert Schleip

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Robert Schleip, Ph.D. is Research Director of the European Rolfing Association in Munich, Germany. He currently directs the Fascia Research Project at the University of Ulm, Germany. His work explores the ability of fascia to actively contract and relax in a smooth muscle-like manner.


  • Basic Practitioner in Structural Integration, being the first German Rolfer at the time (Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO, 1978)
  • MA in Psychology (University Heidelberg, Germany, 1980)
  • Advanced Practitioner in Structural Integration (Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO, 1983)
  • Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (Internat. Feldenkrais Guild, Oregon, 1987)
  • Certified Naturopath in Complementary Medicine (Bund Deutscher Heilpraktiker, Germany, 1997)
  • Ph.D. in Human Biology with summa cum laude (University of Ulm, Germany, 2006)


  • Director Fascia Research Project, Divison of Neurophysiology, Universität Ulm, Germany
  • Vladmir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine (2006)
  • Research Director of the European Rolfing Association, Munich, Germany (2006)
  • Co-initiator and member of Program Committee for the “First International Fascia Research Congress – Basic Science and Implications for Traditional and Complementary Health Care”, Harvard Med. School Conference Center, Boston (2007), as well as following congresses.
  • Board member of Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation
  • Author and publisher of numerous publications on the field of fascia