HEALTH PROFESSIONALS


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.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Author, and TV Personality

 "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."

Larry Dossey, Physician of Internal Medicine, Publisher and Best-Selling Author

"Athletes always need help with chronic injuries, muscular strains and overuse. The Olympic athletes wouldn't 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." 

Karlis Ullis, M.D.

ATHLETES


"I usually receive Rolfing early in the week, after the Sunday game when I’m feeling bruised and sore. It helps improve the healing process and gets me back to feeling better. It relaxes me. Rolfing helps my whole body and that makes a difference in bringing my body back quicker."

Randy Moss, NFL Wide Receiver, New England Patriots

“A wonderful benefit I had right after the first Rolfing session was a sense of lightness, particularly on the ice. I felt very compact and totally in control, I had increased energy, better balance, and extra agility.”

Brian Orser, Olympic Silver Medalist, a professional coach for Yuzuru Hanyu

"The World Series was the highlight of my career and without my Rolfer I would not have been able to do what I did. (Doctors projected a three week recovery; Sean was playing again within 10 days.) Rolfing has helped me 100%.”

Sean Casey, Former Major League Baseball Player

“I’m the kind of person that likes to physically challenge myself. I think (Rolfing) is a valuable resource…for keeping myself together.”

  Other pro-athletes who have benefited from Rolfing SI include Michelle Kwan and Elvis Stojko, ‘98 Olympic Silver Medal figure skaters; Charles Barkley of the Houston Rockets; Rob Moore of the Phoenix Cardinals, Tim Salmon, CA Angel baseball star; the Phoenix Suns basketball team; Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburg Penguins; Bob Tewksbury, pitcher for the Minnesota Twins; Edwin Moses, Olympic track athlete; Joe Greene, ‘96 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal long jumper; and Ivan Lendl, former tennis champion.

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers coach

CELEBRITIES


"At its best," Paltrow writes, "the fascia is a thin membrane that covers all of our muscles. At its worst, it bonds together to create knots, pain, tension, and thickness, impeding our body's ability to exercise its full range of motion." Working the fascia will make you leaner and longer, she adds.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Actress and Food Writer

"Rolfing has been stretching out muscle fibers that haven't been stretched for 30 years. When I started, my muscle fibers felt like petrified rock. Now they are getting progressively softer, more supple, and gaining elasticity.”

Other celebrities include:Courtney Love, actress/singerWillie Nelson, songwriterDenis Leary, actor/comedianDiane Ladd, actressGeorgia O’Keefe, artistMiro, modern artistFritz Perl, psychotherapistMary Elizabeth Mastontonio, Broadway/movie actress

Leon Fleisher, Concert Pianist