Rolfing Fact Sheet
Founder Dr. Ida P. Rolf
A Newport Beach Physical
Therapist winner of the
Patients' Choice Awards
Dossey, M.D., best-selling author: "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."
Montgomery, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Dallas,
Texas, often 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
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 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." 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.
Casey, Detroit Tigers All Star Baseball Player says
Rolfing helped him resolve an injury. He would not
have been able to play the 2006 World Series without
the help of his Rolfer, Micheal Waller.
U.S. Athletes trained at the Rolf Institute®
in June 1998: John Bauer, a 1992 & 1998 Olympian
Nordic Skier; Grant Ernhardt, a US Biathlon team
member; and Gary Colliander, a Minnesota Biathlete.
Their stories are highlighted in a press release
entitled, "The Ski-Rolfing® Connection
Is Stronger Than Just Skiers Getting Rolfing Bodywork."
These athletes say that a career in bodywork fits
an athlete's lifestyle & furthers their training.
It can offer them the flexibility to both train
and work in a profitable and independent career.
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
Phoenix Suns were the first major NBA Basketball
team 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," reported the Arizona
Republic, May 1994.
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."
Sander, ranked #2 on the US Pentathlon team, who's
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."
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 Hopkins magazine, 1995.
Burton - "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."
Oprah - July 7, 1996
star Sean Young, who has starred in the movies "Bladerunner",
"No Way Out", "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective",
"Wall Street", "Fatal Instinct",
"Once Upon a Crime", and a few dozen others
received Rolfing from Certified Rolfer Bob Brill.
Nelson, songwriter: "My wife recommended (Rolfing)
highly", says Willie Nelson, "...The first
of ten sessions fixed (my back pain)," reported
the New York Times, on Feb. 23, 1995.