Maintaining impeccable posture displays good health, which is why Rodin's The Thinker remains woefully underinsured. Keep your posture as straight as sculpted stone with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a 90-minute skeletal-alignment Rolfing treatment from Michael Valenti, B.A., Certified Rolfer, whose office is located in Open Gate Acupuncture (a $150 value).
Michael Valenti wields the muscle-molding research of Dr. Ida Rolf to sculpt the body's connective tissues, called fascia, through a series of targeted, posture-improving massages. Fine-tuned fingers run along the body's seamlessly integrated highways of tissue, pressing, pulling, and pushing fibers into proper alignment and potentially resolving chronic discomforts caused by bad posture, stress, or full-contact slouching. The session incorporates Dr. Rolf's 10 standard series of structural integrations, with focus laden upon the body's particular problem areas. As Valenti works to increase range of motion with targeted pressure, he often supplements bodywork with other techniques, including energy-treating SourcePoint therapy and the reeducation of the body's core motor functions through movement training and standardized testing.
Michael Valenti: LMT#18427
Michael Valenti, B.A., Certified Rolfer
To understand Rolfing, it’s helpful to examine Ida P. Rolf’s founding philosophy on the subject: “As in all matter organized into biological units, there is a pattern, an order in human bodies. Rolfers make a life study of relating bodies and their fields to the earth and its gravity.” While certified Rolfer Michael Valenti holds this notion dear, his bodywork approach is more direct. By manually lengthening the connective tissue through kneading techniques, Michael hopes to ease his clients’ chronic tension, improve range of motion, and make them all tall enough to reach the cookie jar.