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thanks for reading this ! anyone out there know a good
massage therapist / resource in Oakland or nearby areas..?
Specifically a therapist who is certified (or getting
certified in Rolfing)...
thx again !
the BEST rolfer EVER is Susan Solari. She's based in Oakland, near Mills. Been
doing it for over 20yrs, tons of experience. The best part, it doesn't hurt when
she does it. Over the years she has incorporated various tools to make it easier,
works just as well maybe even better, but I don't come out screaming even when
she's doing my thighs. I've sent my husband and various friends and clients to
her over the years and everyone has the same response. What an amazing
experience, and how much they laughed during the session.
Hi - I don't know if she does Rolfing per se, but Cathy
Courtenay-Smith is an outstanding massage therapist. She
has more than 10 years experience, and her technique is
both relaxing and therapeutic. I've had hundreds of
massages over the years and think she's one of the best
practitioners I've ever encountered. Her number is 510 409-
6336, or you can email her at email@example.com.
I would like to recommend a certified rolfer in Berkeley whom I
have seen for 8 sessions, Sacha Prescott. Rolfing is described as
structural integration and movement integration (see website
rolf.org). A good rolfer can help get your body aligned to reduce
daily aches & pains and much more. Sacha is also certified in
yoga and gyrotonics and can perform rolf massage, a deep tissue
type of massage. She really knows the human body. If you have
ever been curious about rolfing, give it a try! Any pain you
experience on a daily basis can be helped. I had a great rolfer
in SF before I had kids, and I missed the therapy after moving
east. I am so happy to be seeing another good rolfer. She's a
great person to know to help you with your body. Sacha Prescott:
510.847.2693 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently had a massage and the therapist recommended Rolfing for my back pain. I
have had the pain since baby #2 was born a year ago. Each night in bed my lower
back freezes and I literally cannot roll over to get out of bed. My husband has to
get the baby from his crib to nurse, and then roll me out of bed like a beached
whale in the morning! After about an hour with a heating pad, the pain dissipates,
and after about 2 hours I am ok for the day.
The masseuse said that 2 pregnancies (very) close together left my hip/leg joint out
of place and scar tissue may have built up there. I also have a lot of scar tissue
in one shoulder. When I roll it around you can hear a loud cracking noise.
Chiropractic work, Motrin, massage have not helped.
Anyone tried Rolfing or have a practioner in the East Bay? (I live in Solano County
but will travel) cracky mama
I highly reccommend a rolfer, Marie Jo Graziadei, whose office is on Grand Ave in
Oakland. 415 - 302-4595 It's intense, but the only therapy I've found (aside from
homeopathy) that can make actual changes in my body. Two thumbs up.
I LOVE what my rolfer has done for my back! and my husband loves what she has done for his
shoulder. and my doctor loves her, and her husband loves her, and my old trainer loves her,
hope you love her too!
I want to recommend Patrick Hannum Physical Therapy and Rolfing
located at 734 Gilman and fourth street,(510) 524-6422. Pat is
a wonderful and experienced therapist with great hands. He is
also a Rolfer. I went to him initially for an acute flare-up of
a neck injury. He helped me so much that I decided to do the
Rolf series (ten sessions). I'm so hooked that I now go once
every two weeks for a tune-up. Pat has another Rolfer that
works in the office and two other P.T's; one who is trained in
Pilates and Feldenkrais, the other in more osteopathic therapy.
There is also a Pilates reformer there for exercise programs
and he is a preferred provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
This is a unique practice I highly recommend with great
individual hands-on therapy.
i'm looking for recommendaitons for a rolfer (a particualr type
of massseuse)--i heard of a man who practices on san pablo
avenue in albany somewhere between marin and solano, and i'd
liek to know his name and number, but i'm also curious about
folks who get 'rolfed'--is it worth the money & time? any great
rolfers out there? there are a few recs on the site but they're
from 1999 and not informative as to the usefulness and
enjoyability of rolfing.
I think I know the rolfer you are talking about. His name is
Scott Stevens (510) 547-0648
and he is a very experienced rolfer. I love rolfing because it
is effective at reshaping the way your body works and moves. I
have some habitual patterns originating from some previous
injuries and surgeries and rolfing is really the only way to
give the muscles a chance to reallign properly. Rolfing is
painfull at times; just relax and breath through it. You are
breaking up adhesions.
Patrick Hannum is a fantastic rolfer. Of course, rolfing is a
very deep, hard pressure type of work that might not be for
everyone, but for me it's about the only thing that works and
makes improvement, and there are even moments when I actually
enjoy it. Patrick is outgoing and caring. He is also a
physical therapist, although he mostly does rolfing. His number
is 524-6422. He's at the Tannery, off of Gilman near 4th Street.
Hi- I recently moved here so I don't know of a Rolfer but I have been
through the beginning rolfing series (10 sessions) -about 10 years ago
and I have to say it was an amazing experience. Sometimes it was quite
uncomfortable, this is not like massage. The effects were astonishing for
me. I had some tailbone pain that noone ws able to resolve and Rolfing
did it. There was also quite a bit of emotional release of things stored in
the body's fascia. Overall a very powerful experience which i would
gladly do again.
Two P.T.'s I'd recommend are Patrick Hannum and Lynne Shankliss
(sp.?). Pat has an office down in the Tannery complex on Gilman
and his number is 510-524-6422. He is super experienced, and a
great guy to boot. He has a master's degree in PT but is also a
certified Rolfer. Lynne works (or did work) at the Tang Center
on Campus, and did wonders for my chronic knee problems. I like
them both because they don't just give you a bunch of exercises
and send you off into the blue -- they actually do some real
bodywork, and as athletes (cyclist, runner) they're both
attuned to the idea that you want to be able to get back into
Jerry has been Rolfing for 25 years. He knows bodywork, nutrition,
esoteric healing practices like no one I've ever met.
He's really a miracle worker. Jerry is a Certified Advanced Rolfer. You
can reach him in North Berkeley at 510-665-7775
Michael Salveson, 548-8270 - gold-standard but hard to get in to see him
Art Riggs: 482-9427 - good and nice
Don Hazen, 548-1514 - also a chiropractor
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