Who can benefit from Body Work / Manual Therapy
I work with golfers on their performance limiting muscle restrictions.
I've helped a lacrosse player overcome tight hamstring issues.
I've worked with a guitar players carpal tunnel problems.
I helped find low back relief for a kiteboarder.
I can even help your children so they can grow up without
(sometimes un-noticed) restrictions through their developing years.
I have been an avid athlete all of my life. I took up triathlons in my twenties and became more of a distance runner in my thirties. After running my first marathon, I developed chronically tight hamstrings and multiple problems in the soft tissues of my ankles. I explored The Qi of Running which helped dramatically with my running stance. However, I would still describe my running as "labored". I decided to pursue Rolfing with Bruce Chaffin. I had been looking for a Rolfer in the Annapolis area since the only rolfers I knew were in Montgomery and Howard County. I was amazed after each session with the amount of freedom and alignment I was achieving. The foot work alone was priceless. I realized that I had not stood so balanced upon my feet since probably my infant years. The piriformis, psoas and lower leg sessions dramatically changed the way I felt and subsequently ran. I noticed a light and unencumbered feeling after the work but it wasn't until I went to run that I noticed the biggest change. Running was effortless and painless! I wasn't expecting these kinds of results at all! I merely wanted to stop feeling pain and tightness in my hamstrings. The real benefit to me is that I am structurally more balanced due to Bruce's soft tissue work! I would highly recommend Bruce to anyone, especially runners, who wish to operate at peak performance.
Katie Milleker, Diplo. Ac.
Every now and then you meet a bodywork practitioner whose commitment and capabilities meet the high standards for the professional dancer. The Rolfer, Bruce Chaffin, is an individual who has distinguished himself as highly informed, capable and insightful; also a practitioner who is willing to patiently problem solve. Bruce is enthusiastic, serious and meticulous. Any professional athletic community can only flourish from his presence and expertise.
Philadelphia dancer, professor and choreographer
I learned of Rolfing from my Pilates instructor and also had heard about it from a chiropractor friend of mine and what they had to say interested me so I gave it a try. My first visit with Bruce was educational for me so I could understand the process we were taking towards my healing. He did start out with some mild therapy and I felt comfortable, however, there weren’t immediate results but I knew that from the beginning. As I continued to see Bruce and he worked different areas of my body I started to feel the results. Each session brought new potential for healing and (along with my stretching exercises) I was beginning to feel stronger on the tennis court! My strength didn’t come overnight but here it is only 6 weeks into my therapy and I’m a new player on the tennis court, even my friends have noticed how my game has changed. I strongly recommend any one who is dealing with some kind of chronic pain to see Bruce and put yourself on the path to healing.
Maureen Radtke Annapolis, MD
Bruce exemplifies a caring, knowledgeable professional who clearly has dedicated himself to learning a variety of bodywork modalities. He understands the process, he listens to the client, and he practices at a high level with obvious commitment to wellness.
I'd always heard of Rolfing, but never been a client before now. Though I have had work from a host of other professional body workers, the Rolfing offers a preventative pre-emptive kind of approach aimed at keeping the body in optimal condition. I felt as though whether I were a weekend warrior, a seasoned athlete or someone beginning a fitness/wellness routine, the Rolfing was certainly beneficial.
About the experience
I felt completely comfortable with the session, you explained things along the way and you always focused on the process, the manipulation of muscle groups, the reasoning for this type of work. How my specific body looked, moved, did or didn't respond compared to normal was not a topic. "We move the body in this way to free the range of motion in these areas..." is a wonderful way to focus on the work, allowing self-consciousness to fall away, relaxing the muscles and no-doubt gaining greater benefit from the session.
The following day, I felt a good soreness through the intercostal rib muscles - as though I had a really nice yoga workout.
Thanks again for the session and your professionalism,
About the session
I went through the ten-session Rolfing program many years ago and benefited greatly from it. That's why I returned recently to a new Rolfer, Bruce Chaffin. Each session is both relaxing and stimulating at the same time and while that may sound odd, all I can say is it works. I leave feeling stretched out, relieved, strengthened and rejuvenated. I eagerly look forward to the next session. Bruce is a trusted and caring practitioner and his home studio, which he built, and "fancy" therapeutic massage table (I jokingly call it The Stretcher) make each studio visit an even more pleasant experience. I believe that that therapeutic massage and body work is so important and so helpful that Rolfing and massage therapy should be a universal human right and available in every workplace.
Endorsements for Rolfing
Michelle Kwan and Elvis Stojko, 1998 Olympic Silver Medalists,have found they have a competitive advantage by working with a team of specialists that included Helen James, Physical Therapist, and Certified Advanced Rolfer. Elvis Stojko introduced Helen James, Certified Advanced Rolfer to Michelle Kwan in July during the Campbell Soup Tour of World Figure Skating Champions. Stojko, who has benefited from James' physical therapy and Rolfing expertise says, "Rolfing helped me to find my center of balance for competition; it puts my body in place." Working with Olympic and world champion figure skaters is nothing new for James. She says, "It's key for figure skaters like Michelle and Elvis, to find an exact balanced position in space. Balance and integration are the primary goals of the Rolfing process. Athletes find they have fewer injuries and recover more quickly through Rolfing work," says James. "They feel lighter and have more energy because they're not working as hard. They perform and complete their jumps with more ease."
Bob Tewksbury, pitcher for the Minnesota Twins says, "I have received many benefits from Rolfing. In 1991, my massage therapist recommended it as a way to get a deeper level of work. Although the benefits of muscle work come and go depending on when and how regularly I get Rolfing work, I have noticed long lasting benefits with regard to my breathing, my posture and my body awareness. I have used Rolfing mainly in two areas, for my lower and upper back to help with flexibility and stiffness and to enhance my performance. I plan to use it again."
The Phoenix Suns were the first major NBA Basketball team to have a Certified Advanced Rolfer on hand, Jeffrey Maitland. "Phoenix Suns guard, Danny Ainge, who has received Rolfing for years, recommended the therapy to (Charles) Barkley. Other Suns, Mark West and A.C. Green, also have been Rolfed...with satisfactory results," reported the Arizona Republic, May 1994.
Sarah Will, 1998 US Paralympic Gold Medal Skier, a member of the US Disabled Ski Team is a paraplegic athlete that credits her five gold metals to Rolfing. Will's says that "Rolfing gives you a competitive edge as an athlete."
Sharon Sander, ranked #2 on the US Pentathlon team, who's preparing to compete in the first women's Olympics pentathlon, says, "I recommend Rolfing for any athlete who has ever had trouble with injuries or doesn't feel like they are reaching their potential."
Joe Greene, two-time U.S.A. Olympic bronze medal long jumper says, "Rolfing works. It really makes a huge difference. I've been in track and field a long time and wish I had known about it sooner. My stomach tenses and my hips tighten when I jump. The Rolfing bodywork helped me to breathe and I felt taller."
Craig Swan, former N.Y. Mets pitcher, says, "Bodywork can extend athletic careers," says Swan, whose career ended from an sports injury. "I truly believe if I had been Rolfed in the early part of my career, I would still be pitching."Swan’s recovery from a pitching injury inspired him to become a Certified Rolfer and help others.
Leon Fleisher, virtuoso concert pianist: "When a crippling hand injury ended his performing career, Peabody pianist, Leon Fleisher went down a different musical road. Thirty years later, he's turned up an unexpected corner (when he met Certified Advanced Rolfer, Tessy Brunghardt)...The (Rolfing) results were remarkable." John Hopkins magazine, 1995.
Levar Burton - "The Rolfer works on fascia which is the thin sheath of white tissue that covers the musculature. By manipulating the fascia you manipulate the musculature, and in turn the skeletal structure, so you bring alignment to the body... It can be very healing, cleansing and balancing for the body." Oprah - July 7, 1996
Willie Nelson, songwriter: "My wife recommended (Rolfing) highly", says Willie Nelson, "...The first of ten sessions fixed (my back pain)," reported the New York Times, on Feb. 23,
Larry Dossey, M.D., best-selling author: "There is one major reason to take Rolfing® seriously: it works. Not only can it dramatically change people's bodies, it can transform their lives as well. Rolfing is powerful stuff."
Jim Mongomery, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Dallas, Texas, often refers his clients to Rolfing. "I send a variety of my clients to a Certified Advanced Rolfer, Nicholas French. People with shoulder and elbow problems, with scar tissue resulting from injury or surgery, chronic hamstring problems, low back and cervical spine problems. People that have had chronic problems that have not been helped by anything else. All those people can be helped with Rolfing."
Karlis Ullis, MD, (team physician for 1992 summer Olympics), Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, CA: "Athletes always need help with chronic injuries, muscular strains and overuse. The Olympic athletes wouldn't have as many injuries if they had appropriate soft tissue therapy. Rolfing is valuable for athletes in high level competition to address the build up of scar tissue and disarrangement of myofascial tissue that occurs from training, competition and injury." Dr. Ullis has provided medical expertise to athletes at five Olympic games, including Lillehammer, Albertville, and Barcelona, in the fields of figure skating, cross country skiing, bobsleigh, biathlon, track and field and other sports.
Certified Advanced Rolfer and MD, Dr. Bret Nye, speaks about alternative/complementary medicine, a cost effective, alternative to surgery and drugs - "Demand for the services of health practitioners like Rolfers is growing as evidenced by the Nov. 98 JAMA estimate of $21.2 billion being spent for alternative medicine in 97. Integrative health care, is a new trend, that combines Western and complementary medicines to offer the best technological advances in health care. Health insurance companies are increasingly becoming interested in therapies like Rolfing not only as potential cost effective alternatives or complements to traditional modalities, but as opportunities to provide coverage for services that will distinguish them in an increasingly competitive market place of providers."