Health Professionals

Rolfing is a powerful tool, and a very important tool for me to have for my patients. People who have suffered from chronic pain for 20 years will be amazed at how their pain goes away.
-Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, Board-Certified Internist and Head of a Fibromyalgia Research Clinic in Annapolis, MD

“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.”
-Larry Dossey, M.D., best-selling Author of Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing

Jim Mongomery, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon in Dallas, Texas, often refers his clients to Rolfing.
“I send a variety of my clients to a Certified Advanced Rolfer. 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, M.D., (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.

Ron Kurtz and Hector Prestera, M. D., authors “The Body Reveals”:
The emotional effects are often as dramatic as the changes in body structure. In our experience, Rolfing produces changes in a briefer time than any other system we are aware of.


Michelle Kwan and Elvis Stojko, 1998 Olympic Silver Medalists, find they have a competitive advantage by working with Helen James, Certified Advanced Rolfer. Stojko, who has benefited from James’ Rolfing expertise since 1995 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.”

Two-time Olympian, U.S. Nordic Ski Team Member, John Bauer says:
“Rolfing helped me get back my career. It tackled some specific injuries that were restricting me from training for the 98 Olympics, and got me back on track. You can ice and rest but no matter how slow you train until you lengthen out the tightness and scarring, it will come back.”

1998 U.S. Paralympic gold medal skier, Sarah Will says:
“Rolfing increased my performance time 100%. It eliminated my body pain, relaxed my muscles at the starting gate, my concentration and motivation increased, giving me the winning edge. It loosened my lower back, shifting strength into my upper back where I need it, and increased my starting time. Seeing these results, and knowing I was in the best shape possible, my confidence rose. I think every sport should include a team Rolfer in their training program.”

World-renowned Extreme skier, and popular Warren Miller ski film star, John Egan says:
“Rolfing gave me the elasticity to make my first day of skiing look like I was in mid-season form. People asked me, what have you been doing? I said you won’t believe it but it was Rolfing bodywork. The first time I tried Rolfing bodywork the rejuvenating effects were incredible. Since then I have been recommending Rolfing to others.”

Olympic skier, Mickey Egan, (the wife of Extreme skier, Dan Egan) says:
“Rolfing helps a lot, just in the way it helps me to loosen up, so I’m ready to go again. It’s great. Athletes tend to use the same muscles over and over; they get tighter and tighter and this has an effect on the muscles. We can stretch but not reach everything. Rolfing helps me reach areas like the ribs, abdominals, upper body, and hips that are hard to get.”

The Phoenix Suns are the first major NBA Basketball team to have a certified Advanced Rolfer on hand, Jeffrey Maitland, the Rolf Institute’s Director of Academic Affairs. “Phoenix Suns guard, Danny Ainge, who has been Rolfed 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.

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 says, “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.”

Other pro-athletes who have used Rolfing include:

  • Cris Carter, Minnesota Vikings, Capt. Of Offense
  • Qadry Ismail, Raven’s SuperBowl star receiver
  • Phil Jackson, former Chicago Bull’s coach
  • Charles Barkley of the Houston Rockets
  • Rob Moore, of the Phoenix Cardinals
  • Tim Salmon, CA. Angel baseball star
  • the Phoenix Suns basketball team
  • Mario Lemieux, of the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Bob Tewksbury, pitcher for the Minnesota Twins
  • Edwin Moses, Olympic track athlete
  • Joe Greene, 1996 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal long jumper
  • Ivan Lendl, former tennis champion.

Final quote:

“I did yoga, I was very careful about what I ate, generally I thought of my body as something I had to be very careful with. I thought of my body as a temple. Then I got Rolfed and discovered it was an amusement park!”
-Stacy Mills, Rolfer®