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.
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.
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.
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 aged 41, Jeff Neill found that his favorite activities—skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and wrestling with his daughter—were becoming painful. After finding only short-term relief from yoga, massage, and acupuncture, and other treatments, Jeff resigned himself to a life with less movement. That’s when he learned about Rolfing, a unique form of bodywork that uses pressure and movement education to treat and prevent injuries. Jeff found so much success with Rolfing that he went from being a patient to becoming a certified Rolfer and the owner of Westside Rolfing Structural Integration in only a few years.
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, massage therapists and acupuncturists may work together to help patients overcome chronic pain or combine efforts to help alleviate anxiety about Mayan-calendar predictions. Further services include therapies such as weight loss with the Ideal Protein system, and educational classes such as at home tips and how to shop for dietary supplements. Integrative Health’s practitioners are happy to answer prospective clients’ questions during free consultations.