Better In Balance, LLC’s founder, Thomas Gilliford, discovered the therapeutic powers of Rolfing not through research, but as a patient. An avid soccer player, he spent many of his days on the field, straining his muscles to the point of pain. He sought the help of numerous caregivers, from medical doctors and chiropractors to physiotherapists and acupuncturists, but the pain never went away. A conversation with a friend inspired him to try Rolfing, and after his first session he felt the pain ebb. Soon after, his perspective on how he cared for his body changed, and he decided to help free others from pain through Rolfing himself.
Now a Certified Rolfer, Thomas builds relationships with his clients as he gently manipulates their connective tissues, taking the care to treat each as a linked component to the rest. His posture-efficiency-increasing techniques not only target pain caused by sciatica, tennis elbow, and runner’s knee, but also help patients recover from injury so they can return to their favorite pastime—playing tennis while running on a treadmill.
To secure its position as the best massage clinic of 2010, Massage Specialist presented Boulder Weekly with a suite of services that went beyond the basics. The clinic's therapists practice more than 10 massage styles including classic modalities (e.g., Swedish, deep tissue, and sports) as well as uncommon therapies (e.g., manual lymphatic drainage, infant massage, and shiatsu). Most treatments incorporate the clinic's signature water-dispersible oils and lotions that do not stain clothing but may dissolve witches. They prep for appointments by draping treatment beds with fresh, clean linens, and educating guests on therapies that suit their personal ailments. Aside from massage therapy, the clinic offers spinal adjustments, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and herbal consultations.
After an acupuncturist cured a chronic sinus infection that antibiotics did not help, Michele Pimenta discovered the benefits of alternative medicine. She changed her career from a photographer to a facilitator of healing methodologies, and is now a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and certified practitioner of structural integration. Her techniques overall help align the body and balance the nervous system, and specifically treat back pain, neck pain from car accidents, and lingering pain from old football or thumb-wrestling injuries.
At Integrative Health, Inc., more than 25 practitioners—from licensed chiropractors to acupuncturists to massage therapists—specialize in more than 30 total services that span both conventional and alternative medicine. This broad spectrum allows the independent practitioners to form a cooperative network that can offer clients integrated health care for both physical and mental wellness.
For example, chiropractors and massage therapists may work together to help patients overcome chronic pain, or acupuncturists and psychotherapists can combine efforts to help alleviate anxiety about Mayan-calendar predictions. Further services include therapies such as weight loss with the Ideal Protein system, and classes such as yoga and how to shop for ergonomic furniture. Integrative Health’s practitioners are happy to answer prospective clients’ questions during free consultations.
Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf battled adversity as a woman in the field of science while striving to discover elusive solutions to chronic health problems. Her perseverance paid off, resulting in her eponymous discovery, Rolfing, which manipulates the connective tissues of the body to promote overall health and well-being. Today, The Rolfing Burds is only one of thousands of institutions to continue her legacy. Rolfers knead the soft tissues throughout the body with advanced and unique massage techniques, introducing manifold benefits to the body such as revitalizing energy, restoring lost flexibility, and alleviating pain. The benefits come from aligning the body with gravity's natural pull, which helps the body's natural healing processes work without hindrance.
Developed by biochemist Ida P. Rolf, the practice of Rolfing sets out to restore balance to misaligned bodies. As a certified Rolfer, Ryu Koyama works on bringing about this balance through the hands-on manipulation of connective tissues. Ryu often performs these treatments in series of 10, working strategically from the surface layer of connective tissues on to the deeper core layers. The end goal is to improve the range of motion and to have all parts of the body working together as a whole, just like all the tiny people working inside a Swiss watch.