Mike Williams realized the power of movement while sitting completely still. He was 10 years old, watching the The Karate Kid, when he found inspiration in Ralph Macchio’s stunning high kicks. Thus began his journey into the world of martial arts, which led him through Chinese kenpo, Brazilian jiujitsu, kickboxing, and more. After a detour into the sedentary world of finance, Williams returned to his passion for movement, but in a different capacity—he began to help others increase their range of motion through Rolfing, a manual physical therapy. Geared toward the connective tissue, or fascia, Rolfing begins at the body’s surface and transitions to deeper tissues over the course of a treatment series, which can be as few as two treatments or, more commonly, a progression of roughly 10 sessions. Ultimately, Williams uses the therapy to integrate the musculoskeletal and nervous systems into a cohesive whole, which can alleviate ailments from poor posture to having to cart around your skeleton in a sidecar.
Specializing in soothing chronic pain, rehabilitating musculoskeletal injuries, and improving overall well being, Christopher Horan works to realign joints, ease furious nerves, and restore posture to proper condition. Rolfing mends the malfunctioning segments of the human anatomy through the deep, gentle massaging of connective tissue, correcting joint alignment and easing aches. The 90-minute session begins with a detailed examination of your health history before your y- axis receives a hands-on recalibration. Clients recline on a bed for the procedure and are sometimes asked to participate through movement, encouraging more active engagement than receiving a typical massage or wrestling a strand of cooked pasta. Crippled with chronic elbow pain after an injury, Christopher Horan underwent rolfing to restore a pang-free range of motion and found it effective enough to devote his life to its practice. While Groupon users may notice improvements after one visit, rolfing typically requires multiple visits to fully repair glitchy frames. See the site for notes on appropriate attire, and call to schedule your appointment.
A clinician of many trades, Doctor of Oriental Medicine Marlene Merritt's stores of knowledge span far beyond needles and herbs. She is also an applied nutritionist, board-certified bariatric counselor, and longtime anatomy and physiology instructor. At Merritt Wellness Center, she practices alongside her husband, Doctor of Oriental Medicine Will Mitchell; a gaggle of licensed acupuncturists; and a certified rolfer. Together, they blend Eastern and Western therapies in an effort to treat the root causes of maladies, not just the symptoms. The clinic's offerings include nutritional counseling and Nutrition Response Testing as well as detox cleanses, stress management, and lifestyle advice.
Not content with simply earning his PhD in counseling psychology at Florida State University, Len Worley delved deeper into the world of wellness. He ended up at the Rolf Institute, where he studied the art of fascia-manipulating bodywork. Now able to ease both minds and bodies, the doctor of many trades has practiced for 30 years as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, health coach, spiritual guide, and rolfer.