It takes about 15 muscles to smile, 50 to frown, and 148 to save a curbside couch from life in a landfill. Soothe sympathetic sinews with today's Groupon: for $55, you get one 90-minute Rolfing session from Mike Williams, Certified Rolfer (a $110 value).
Mike Williams’s experienced, certified hands tune up bodies with gentle Rolfing structural-integration therapy, a system of manual adjustments designed to improve the alignment and the function of the body. Initial sessions begin with a consultation in which clients discuss their health history, ask questions, and establish treatment goals, such as reaching self-esteem hidden on high shelves. Mike evaluates bodies as clients stand, walk, and perform knee bends and arm circles. Then, Rolf recipients recline or sit as Mike’s hands-on techniques open and balance the outermost layers of tissue—considered the body’s “sleeve” because of their tendency to form cuff links. Mike imparts proper movement techniques to help clients to unlearn damaging postures and movement habits and learn how to safely perform backbends to retrieve lost change. Over multiple sessions, posture will improve as stiffness and pain retreat from backs, feet, and joints. Male clients wear underwear during the session, and female clients wear a bra and underwear so that Mike can fully appraise physical structures while preserving the patient's modesty. Read a full list of new client information here.
Mike Williams, Certified Rolfer
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.