Robert Schleip (*1954 in Göppingen) is a human biologist and psychologist. His area of expertise is fascia research. He graduated from the University of Heidelberg in 1980 with a degree in psychology. 1977-1983 he trained as a Certified-Advanced-Rolfer and 1984-1987 as a Feldenkrais teacher.

In 2006 he received his doctorate in human biology from the University of Ulm. His doctoral thesis on active fascial contractility was awarded with the Vladimir Janda Prize for Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Schleip was co-initiator of the first International Fascia Congress 2007 at the Harvard Medical School in Boston (1st Fascia Research Congress), which marked the breakthrough for modern fascia research, as well as the subsequent congresses. He was a member of the scientific committee at all events in this series.

Schleip has been Director of the Fascia Research Group, Division of Neurophysiology at the University of Ulm since 2008.

Schleip has been the organizer the organizer of the event "CONNECT - Connective Tissues in Sports Medicine" in 2013 and 2017 together with the sports physician Prof. Jürgen Steinacker.

He is also Executive Research Director of the European Rolfing Association,
Vice President of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation, and Board Member of the Fascia Research Society.

As a lecturer he teaches in physiotherapy, orthopaedics and training science. He is the author and publisher of specialist publications on the subject of "Fascia" and is present in the media on this subject.

R.Schleip on Wikipedia


My main activity is fascia research, together with colleagues of the Fascia Research Group at the University of Ulm and in collaboration with other international research groups. Together we try to explore the biomechanical, sensory and physiological properties of the body-wide fascia network. In addition, we are also working on the development of new reliable examination methods in the field of clinical connective tissue research.
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I am happy to pass on my knowledge and experience with enthusiasm in lectures and practical instructions in workshops and seminars. Here I also fall back on my more than 20 years of experience as a teacher in the Rolfing- and Feldenkrais Method.
Main topics of my seminars and lectures are:

  • The fascia as a sensory organ
    Current research trends and clinical implementation in myofascial treatment techniques
  • Fascination Fascinations
    The rediscovery of the importance of muscular connective tissue in musculoskeletal medicine
  • The role of fascia in working with scars, adhesions and collagen stiffeners
    Manual and device-supported therapies
  • Update Fascia
    Knowledge with clinical application around the thorax
  • Fascia update
    Formation and dissolution of scars, hardening and adhesions in the body-wide connective tissue network

Current events and dates can be found here.


As an author and publisher, I have contributed to numerous articles for specialist publications as well as specialist books:

  • Fascia Strength Training
    Schleip R, Bushman B - riva publishing house (October 2016)
  • Fascinations in sports and everyday life
    Schleip R, Baker A - Riva Verlag (2016)
  • Fascia in Sport and Movement
    Schleip R, Baker A - Handspring Publishing (2016)
  • Faszien Fitness Vital, elastic, dynamic in everyday life and sport
    Schleip R, Bayer J - October 2014
  • Textbook Fascia Fundamentals, Research, Treatment
    Schleip R, Findley WT, Chaitow L, Huijing P - Urban & Fischer/Elsevier Publishing House (August 2014)
  • The tensional network of the human body. The science and clinical application in manual and movement therapy.
    Schleip R, Chaitow L, Findley WT, Huijing P (eds) Fascia - Churchill Livingston, Edinburgh, 2012
  • Basic Science and Implications for Conventional and Complementary Health Care
    Findley WT, Schleip R - Fascia Research - Elsevier, Munich 2007
  • Fascia Research II - Basic Science and Implications for Conventional and Complementary Health Care
    Huijing PA, Hollander P, Findley WT, Schleip R - Elsevier, Munich 2009
  • Fascia Research III - Basic Science and Implications for Conventional and Complementary Health Care
    Chaitow L, Findley WT, Schleip R - Kiener Press, Munich 2012
  • The Upright Man - The Best Exercises for a Healthy Body Awareness
    Schleip, R - 3rd edition, Suedwest Verlag, Munich, Germany (2009)
  • Talking to fascia - changing the brain.
    Schleip R - Rolf Institute Publications, Boulder CO, USA. Feldenkrais M (1994)
  • The way to mature self - phenomena of human behaviour.
    Junfermann Publishing House, Paderborn, Germany

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