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"I started seeing Wayne (Henningsgaard) for Rolfing in 1999,” says Randy Moss. “Some of the guys on the team were getting Rolfed and they said if I tried Rolfing I would feel better and it would help my career, so I went to see Wayne. I usually receive Rolfing early in the week, after the Sunday game when I’m feeling bruised and sore,” says Randy Moss. “I use it for weekly maintenance to release some of the pain I’ve experienced. It helps improve the healing process and gets me back to feeling better. With Rolfing, the pain I feel earlier in the week, I don’t feel later in the week. It relaxes me. It helps my whole body and that makes a difference in bringing my body back quicker. If you are feeling bad before the session, you’ll leave feeling better."
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"As an osteopathic physician, I understand the value of manipulation therapy and often refer out to physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, or osteopaths," says Tarrel.
"Through my training and exposure to medicine I had heard about Rolfing but was not familiar with it," says Tarrel. "In the normal course of treating my clients, I generally ask them what else they have done. I heard consistent reports from some clients about the effectiveness of the Rolfing method." "I am active in the martial arts and was especially interested in flexibility," says Tarrel. "My clients said their bodies had increased mobility after receiving Rolfing. They were not cured by it but it really helped."
*A 45 year old male client, said he felt back in shape, like he was in high
school again, after his Rolfing sessions. He could really move again.
When Dr. Tarrel developed low back problems he decided to try Rolfing. He says, "Five years ago my low back began to be a problem and I was stiff and uneven," says Tarrel. "Even though I daily prescribe medications and physical therapy, I wanted hands on work for myself. I found a Certified Rolfer, Wayne Henningsgaard who helped me immensely. The Rolfing soft tissue manipulation provided balance, pain relief and increased movement."
"At times even though Henningsgaard didn't work directly on my low back, it began to feel better and all of sudden both sides of my body became more symmetric," says Tarrel. "He work around the spot that was sore, in my legs, and through the hip joint, not directly on it. When I exercised I could tell I had become more symmetric and the changes held long term. I went through the Rolfing ten session series and just about every session was beneficial in a different way and my body thrived."
"I am sold on Rolfing because I get to do all the sports I want to even though I don't have a perfect back," says Tarrel. "X-rays have shown that my back does have some changes in it, a disc herniation and other things, but I know being in medicine that no one is going to make those go away. I don't need any surgery as long as I can keep it stable with Rolfing. It helps all the mechanical components that give me pain, discomfort and stiffness. Rolfing does not correct the inherent changes in my back. They are still there. If I mess it up again I go back to my Rolfer 2-3 times over a 5-6 week period and I am better again."
"I have practiced Tae Kwon Do, Korean martial arts for 22 years and have a third degree black belt," says Tarrel. "I also roller blade, ski and weight train regularly. Though the Tae Kwon Do is pretty hard on my back and has begun to take its toll, I am invested in it and don't want to give up. Rolfing returns me to my more flexible self. It does not correct the inherent changes in my back but it allows me to continue to do rigorous activities and makes me more aware of my body. Rolfing gives me pain relief and keeps my body in balance improving movement and comfort so I can count on my body more. I can trust my body to behave as my mind would like it to as opposed to stopping short because it is stiff. Sometimes the right and left sides don't behave the way I expect them to. If I went regularly to my Rolfer it would keep me more balanced and stable. I do my best on my own, working with tips my Rolfer gave me to improve my performance, change bad habits and prevent injuries. I get encouragement to walk and stretch correctly and it makes a difference. It educates me so I move better in my sports and at work.
Rolfing gives people a feeling of release in the body's nervous system," says Tarrel. "It works deeply on many levels and also benefits people emotionally, spiritually and behaviorally. A lot of people learn to let go during the session and may get a deeper feeling in their body, an emotional and spiritual release that frees them up.
Qadry Ismail, Super Bowl Raven’s Receiver & Chris Carter, Minnesota Viking’s Star Receiver
What They Do Outside The Game To Keep Themselves In The Game:
Boulder, CO… Athletes like Qadry Ismail, the Baltimore Raven’s wide receiver and Chris Carter, the Minnesota Vikings Capt. of Offense, demand a lot from their bodies. Just last year a high ankle sprain took Carter out of the game. Chris says, "Six physicians predicted I would be out of the game for five weeks with that high ankle sprain. Wayne Henningsgaard, my Rolfer, had me back out in a week– I played the (Dec. ’99) Green Bay game and within two weeks I was playing full force again and ran a 100 yard game."
"For a professional athlete, your job requires you to be at your optimum best," says Qadry Ismail, Baltimore Raven’s wide receiver. "If you are not at your best your performance decreases drastically. I depend on Rolfing for injury prevention and recovery. Whatever I come into the session with I know will be gone by the end, no matter how severe or how minor, when I see my Rolfer, Wayne Henningsgaard. I wind up not missing a game, not missing a beat and that makes a big difference to me."
Graduating from Syracuse University and headed for the NFL, a massage therapist recommended Rolfing bodywork to help Ismail with groin and back injuries. Ismail says, "For a long time I was dealing with a lot of low back problems, structural damage to my lower body that developed from playing on artificial turf in college. I tried Rolfing bodywork, and I immediately noticed the difference in my body. I was once again able to run, pain free. I could move again! I could do things I knew I was capable of but hadn’t experienced in a long time because I was injured."
Carter says, "Originally, I heard about Rolfing from another football player and now recommend Wayne to my other team members. After I completed the 10 sessions, I started advanced Rolfing sessions on a regular basis to prevent injuries. I know when the body is toned and aligned it is less likely to injure. By increasing the flexibility and mobility in my muscles I can prevent injury and improve my chances of recovery if I do get hurt."
"Other therapies can help but Rolfing makes the difference," says Ismail. "When l was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, midway through my season I noticed something was not right, so I found Wayne Henningsgaard. Wayne and I immediately connected. He has a keen eye and an innate sense of body mechanics. He knew exactly what needed to get done, why and how to do it. I honestly believe if it had not been for his Rolfing work I would not still be playing this high level a game in my career. It has been a huge psychological advantage to know I have someone like Wayne on my team.
This year Carter saw Henningsgaard on a weekly basis throughout the season. "Carter had fresh injuries each week. Every game he had some kind of injury, a twisted ankle, torqued spine, etc., but we stayed on top of it and he played a full season because he received regular sessions of Rolfing," says Henningsgaard.
"I recommend Rolfing to other elite athletes. I love it," says Ismail. "I think literally everyone should have 10 session of Rolfing at some time in their life to see what a difference it makes -- just to experience what it feels like to walk around not feeling restricted."
"When Henningsgaard first saw me I came to him complaining my lower left side was in pain," says Ismail. "I honestly thought my chronic low back pain would continue for the rest of my life. He saw the problem – my left side and quadriceps were shortened, and I was limping– and fixed it. You see a receiver in movement, he is running like the wind, suddenly he turns, throws the ball and is tackled. Sure, you see the skill, fluidity and endurance of his athletic force but what you don't see is what makes him that way. Like any athlete, he trains to be at his best, and sometimes sustains an injury but the key to his success, is what he does outside the game to keep himself in the game.
"Wayne Henningsgaard has really helped me out tremendously. He was the first person to educate me about the biomechanics of the body and what causes what to happen," says Ismail. "This really helped my career, it increased my ability to take care of myself. Knowing why I had a pattern in my system and why it caused me limited function, enabled me to address the problem effectively. I worried less, did what I know to do, saw my Rolfer and got right back out into the game. "
"I recommend Rolfing to other elite athletes. I love it," says Ismail. "If I have a major restriction from an injury, Working through an injury can hurt, the work can be intense, but in no way is it majority painful and I will get pain relief once the Rolfer fixes it. When I get off the table I feel great, and I can run again. That makes a the big difference to me."
How does Rolfing assist with injury prevention? "Muscles are able to do their job at a higher sustained level because Rolfing frees up the connective tissue," says Ismail. "If there are no fascial distortions in the tissue the muscles are able to do their job. Ultimately there’s a lesser chance of injury, say a muscle pull, and if you do get a pull there is a greater chance of quick recovery."
"Rolfing enhances my performance," says Ismail. "I can maintain a higher level of activity longer, because the pain or tightness -- that might have stopped say, my head from turning -- wasn’t slowing me down. The first time I saw Wayne, I couldn’t turn to pass. When I turned to do a certain kind of pass pattern, it hurt and I couldn't do it. Wayne fixed it, he released my connective tissue, and I could move again. Once my body was freed up, turning my head was easy, I could literally do it all day in my sleep. Knowing that I could move gave me so much more confidence because I believed I now had an advantage over my opponent. Not just psychologically but physically, I knew I was feeling better than my opponents, I could do more than that other guy. I had renewed confidence that was tangible.
"There are time constraints in football, you always have be at your best and recover from injury and get back in the game ASAP," says Ismail. "I've gotten Rolfed by countless numbers of people through the year. When I played for the New Orleans Saints, at the end of the ’98 season, my shoulder got jammed really badly. I could barely lift my arm. There was no way I was going to be able to function and play in the game. I immediately knew there was nothing I myself could do, I had to see Wayne. I knew I couldn't let him touch that shoulder so he worked around it. His talent is an innate ability to see both the primary and secondary areas of injury. He saw both the shoulder jam and the tight ribs that were the source of my irregular breathing pattern. By the time he was done with me, when I left the session I was rotating my arm around moving, it back and forth freely. He does what it takes and I know I’ll feel great when I get off the table."
Wayne's Rolfing work is much needed in our world. Late in the year 1998, my neck got jammed severely when I took a hit in a game. I felt really tired, couldn't hold my head up and didn't know why. Wayne could see why -- a nerve pinch in my neck was so impinged and the fascia so bound up, I was having a mini blackout. He took care of the pinched nerve, restored blood flow and I got off the table feeling a lot better."
"Rolfing enhances my performance," says Ismail. "I can maintain a higher level of activity longer, because the pain or tightness -- that might have stopped me, wasn't slowing me down anymore. The first time I saw Wayne, I couldn't turn to pass. When I turned to do a certain kind of pass pattern, it hurt. Wayne fixed it, he released the connective tissue so I could move again. Once my body was freed up, turning my head was easy, I could literally do it all day in my sleep. Knowing that I could move gave me so much more confidence because I believed I now had an advantage over my opponent. Not just psychologically but physically, I knew I was feeling better than my opponents, I could do more than that other guy. I had renewed confidence that was tangible."
Super Bowl Success For Baltimore Raven’s, Qadry Ismail Includes
Boulder, CO…Recent news media coverage in Men’s Fitness, Skiing, Women’s Sports and Fitness, and Consumer Reports magazines show strong public recognition that Rolfing has therapeutic benefits. Over half of those athletes interviewed say they understand that Rolfing can benefit all athletes – from the elite to the everyday athlete. Increasingly, professional and elite athletes are understanding the value of Rolfing for pain relief and injury prevention and recovery. Interviews with elite athle tes like Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, Chris Carter, and Baltimore Raven’s wide receiver, Qadry Ismail indicate a rise in both public acceptance and usage of Rolfing therapies across all athletic sports.
Leading Reasons Why People Seek Rolfing: People seek Rolfing as a way to improve posture, ease chronic musculoskeletal pain and stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Here are some other common reasons people chose Rolfing:
1. Postural conditions such as poor posture, sway back and scoliosis
Minnesota Vikings Star Receiver, Chris Carter’s Key To Success, Rolfing Soft Tissue Manipulation®
Boulder, CO… On any day, watching a Viking's game, you may see wide receiver, Chris Carter running with speed, turning, throwing the ball and being tackled. Sure, you see the skill and endurance of this athlete but what you don't see is what makes him that way. Like any athlete he trains to be at his best but the key to his success is what he does outside the game to keep himself in the game.
Athletes like Minnesota Vikings, Capt. of Offense, Chris Carter demand a lot from their bodies. Just last year a high ankle sprain took him out of the game, until he received help from Wayne Henningsgaard, his Certified Rolfer. Chris says, "Six physicians predicted I would be out of the game for five weeks with that high ankle sprain. Wayne had me back out in a week– I played the (Dec. ’99) Green Bay game and within two weeks I was playing full force again and ran a 100 yard game."
"Rolfing is uniquely wholistic, it addresses both the primary and secondary areas of trauma to speed up the healing process," says Henningsgaard. "Chris had spasms and contractions in response to the injury, so I worked in the area around the injury to loosen the fascia or connective tissues, and the pain lifted."
Carter sees his Rolfer, Henningsgaard on a regular basis for injury prevention and recovery. Chris says, "I heard about Rolfing from another football player and have recommended Wayne to my other team members (Burroughs, Orlando and Williams). After I completed the 10 sessions, I started advanced Rolfing sessions on a regular basis to prevent injuries. I know when the body is toned and aligned it is less likely to injure. By increasing the flexibility and mobility in my muscles I can prevent injury and improve my chances of recovery if I do get hurt."
"Last year when Chris had the high ankle sprain," says Henningsgaard, "my wife, Sandy -- who is also a Certified Rolfer -- and I spent 3 hours weaving the fascia tissue back together. We didn’t work directly on the ankle but on every other place that was injured in connection to that ankle. We took the tension out of it and realigned it. When the tension released, there was pain relief, circulation increased, healing took over, mobility and realignment returned. That was the key to his quick recovery."
Carter, an elite athlete has so much grace, strength and endurance. His toned, resilient body recovers from injury faster than the average person's, but that's not all it takes. "I work with a few top football stars. The sports injuries these guys endure can take two years to heal if they don't get helped," says Henningsgaard. "The key reasons that Carter can snap back quickly from an injury are his athletic fitness and the Rolfing Structural Integration work he has sought out. Here's the reason why. After an injury, the spastic, contracted structures of our bodies hold on for dear life, and typically produce swelling, scar tissue and pain. Chris knows Rolfing releases this so he'll call me from the playing field to make an appointment to come in or send a buddy in to me after an injury. He also knows that regular sessions of soft tissue manipulation help to prevent injury."