Endorsements & Testimonials

 

Larry Dossey, M.D., best selling author and former co-chair of the National Institutes of Health Panel on Mind/Body Intervention (USA):

“There is one major reason to take Rolfing® seriously: it works.  Not only can it dramatically change people’s bodies, it can transform their lives as well.  Rolfing® is powerful stuff.”

 

Sarah Will, 1998 US Paralympic Gold Medal Skier, a member of the US Disabled Ski Team is a paraplegic athlete that credits her five gold metals to Rolfing. 
Will’s says that:

“Rolfing gives you a competitive edge as an athlete.”

 

Sharon Sander, ranked #2 on the US Pentathlon team, who is preparing to compete in the first women’s Olympics pentathlon, says,

“I recommend Rolfing for any athlete who has ever had trouble with injuries or doesn’t feel like they are reaching their potential.”

 

From John Hopkins magazine, 1995 on Leon Fleisher, virtuoso concert pianist:

“When a crippling hand injury ended his performing career, Peabody pianist, Leon Fleisher went down a different musical road.  Thirty years later, he’s turned up an unexpected corner (when he met Certified Advanced Rolfer, Tessy Brunghardt)… The (Rolfing) results were remarkable.”

 

John Rembao, University of Texas coach for Olympian Erin Aldrich:

“What is great about Rolfing® is that it integrates the entire body, not just the specific area that’s injured.  Rolfers™ understand body movement and the intricate interconnections of muscle, bone, and tendons.  Any injury at all affects the body as a whole.  By making sure the body is functioning properly, one can increase performance.”

 

Jim Montgomery, MD, orthopedic surgeon in Dallas, Texas, refers his clients to Rolfing:

“I send a variety of my clients to a Certified Advanced Rolfer, Nicholas French, people with shoulder and elbow problems, with scar tissue resulting from injury or surgery, chronic hamstring problems, low back and cervical spine problems.  People that have had chronic problems that have not been helped by anything else.  All those people can be helped with Rolfing.”

 

Elvis Stojko, Olympic Silver Medalist, Figure Skating:

“Rolfing helped me to find my center of balance for competition; it puts my body in place.”

 

The Phoenix Suns were the first major NBA Basketball team (USA) to have a Certified Advanced Rolfer on hand, Jeffrey Maitland.

“Phoenix Suns guard, Danny Ainge, who has received Rolfing for years, recommended the therapy to (Charles) Barkley. Other Suns, Mark West and A.C. Green, also have been Rolfed…with satisfactory results.”

 

Willie Nelson, songwriter:

“My wife recommended (Rolfing) highly”, says Willie Nelson, “…The first of ten sessions fixed (my back pain),”

 

Karlis Ullis, MD, (team physician for 1992 summer Olympics), Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, CA:

“Athletes always need help with chronic injuries, muscular strains and overuse.  The Olympic athletes would not have as many injuries if they had appropriate soft tissue therapy.  Rolfing is valuable for athletes in high level competition to address the build up of scar tissue and disarrangement of myofascial tissue that occurs from training, competition and injury.”

Dr. Ullis has provided medical expertise to athletes at five Olympic games, including Lillehammer, Albertville, and Barcelona, in the fields of figure skating, cross country skiing, bobsleigh, biathlon, track and field and other sports.

 

Bob Tewksbury, pitcher for the Minnesota Twins says,

“I have received many benefits from Rolfing.  In 1991, my massage therapist recommended it as a way to get a deeper level of work.  Although the benefits of muscle work come and go depending on when and how regularly I get Rolfing work, I have noticed long lasting benefits with regard to my breathing, my posture and my body awareness.  I have used Rolfing mainly in two areas, for my lower and upper back to help with flexibility and stiffness and to enhance my performance.  I plan to use it again.”

 

Joe Greene, two-time U.S.A. Olympic bronze medal long jumper says,

“Rolfing works.  It really makes a huge difference.  I’ve been in track and field a long time and wish I had known about it sooner.  My stomach tenses and my hips tighten when I jump.  The Rolfing bodywork helped me to breathe and I felt taller.”

 

Craig Swan, former N.Y. Mets pitcher, whose career ended from a sports injury, says,

“Bodywork can extend athletic careers…I truly believe if I had been Rolfed in the early part of my career, I would still be pitching.”

Swan’s recovery from this injury inspired him to become a Certified Rolfer to help others.

 

Levar Burton, on the Oprah Show – July 7, 1996.

“The Rolfer works on fascia which is the thin sheath of white tissue that covers the musculature.  By manipulating the fascia, you manipulate the musculature, and in turn, the skeletal structure, so you bring alignment to the body… It can be very healing, cleansing and balancing for the body.”

 

Sam Keen, best-selling writer, is a former Psychology Today editor and co-producer of award winning PBS documentary “Faces Of The Enemy”.

“Bodywork has allowed me at age 65 to live as vigorously as I want to, in an embodied way.  Nine months ago I started studying flying trapeze work, and I couldn’t have done it without Rolfing.”

Sam Keen spoke of Dr. Ida Rolf as a true pioneer in an early Psychology Today 1970’s article, and now thirty years later, Keen has made Rolfing a part of his own health care regimen, to stay aligned, fit and flexible for his flying trapeze work.

 

From an article in Vogue Magazine (March 2007):

"Like yoga, Rolfing is one of those practices that your body instantly tells you makes a lot of sense."

 

From Oprah Show (April 2007)

If you're plagued by muscle pain, Dr. Oz recommends a technique called Rolfing, which he describes as "even deeper than a deep-tissue massage."

This technique, which was developed by Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf, aims to separate bound-up connective tissues (or fascia), which link the muscles. "Rolfing literally releases the joints," Dr. Oz says. "When you talk to folks about the impact it has on them, a lot of them just stand taller. A lot is just freeing you up to live the way you're supposed to live."



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