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.
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.
A 3:58 mile. A 25'6" long jump. Two state championships in the pentathlon. Matt Hoskins boasts all of these feats on his impressive athletics resume, one that continues to grow thanks to his work as the founder of CheetahFit. Matt has worked with Olympic trainers since the age of 12, and has since been hand-picked to train Olympic hopefuls who went on to medal in everything from marathon running to skiing. He takes continuing education in countless fitness and physiology courses, a practice that may explain the wide range of training options at CheetahFit and the large number of worksheets labeled "Nice job!" on the gym's fridge.
In addition to athletic training and corrective exercise, clients can find relief at the onsite massage center. Here, licensed therapists relieve tired muscles with everything from cupping to hot-stone massage to performance acupuncture.
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.
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.
When Dameion Hines was in massage therapy school, he immersed himself in a variety of massage modalities so that he could help clients find relief, whatever issues they might be dealing with. In addition to performing treatments such as myofascial release, sports massage, and deep-tissue massage, he also provides specialty rolfing/structural integration sessions, in which he has over 15 years experience, that work to realign bodies and improve posture. Dameion considers himself a human spellchecker, identifying and correcting errors throughout the whole body. His work aims to help alleviate migraines, neck pain, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, sciatica, knee pain, and plantar fasciitis, among other conditions. He also has eight years experience treating clients recovering from workplace injuries, car accidents, and surgeries.