Celebrities Offer Perspectives On Rolfing
Willie Nelson, Songwriter &
Performer, was quoted in the New York Times, Feb. 25, 1995,
saying, "My wife recommended (Rolfing) highly
first of ten sessions fixed (my back pain)."
Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D.,
best-selling author says, "There is one reason to take Rolfing
seriously: it works. Not only can it dramatically change people's bodies,
it can transform their lives as well."
Levar Burton, of Star
Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow
and Roots spoke on the Oprah Winfrey
Show in July about the changes he experienced from the Rolfing bodywork.
Says Burton, "I always felt great after each of the
Leon Fleisher, Virtuoso Concert
Pianist, attributes his Carnegie Hall comeback to Rolfing.
Fleisher, who had lost the use of his right hand 30 years ago from a
carpal tunnel injury, is finally recovering with Rolfing treatments
and is touring world-wide (as reported in People Magazine, New York
Times, and on Good Morning America).
Other celebrities that have benefited from Rolfing include:
- actress Linda Gray (TV show, Dallas )
- actress Shirley McLaine
- writer Sandra Ray (Loving Relationships)
- actress Ru McClenahan (Blanche on TV show, Golden
- actress Cindy Williams (TV show, Laverne &
- poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen
- scientist, Jonas Salk (Salk Institute)
- writer, John Lilly (Day of the Dolfin, Altered
Olympic and Professional Athletes have improved their performance
former Pitcher for the Kansas City Royals and Two-Time Winner of
the Cy Young Award (1985, 1989) says, "I think if somebody
got Rolfing done, just an average person, they're going to feel
a lot better about themselves, and they're probably going to have
a lot more energy. I experienced that myself."
Other Athletes that have benefited from Rolfing include:
- Mario Lemieux. NHL Hockey Player
- Michelle Kwan. Olympic Figure Skater, 1997
- Tom Seaver, Major League Pitcher
- Charles Barkley, NBA Basketball Player
- Ivan Lendl, Top Seed Tennis Champion
- Edwin Moses, Olympic Discuss Thrower
Articles on Rolfing have appeared
in the following magazines:
- Oprah's "O" Magazine April 2001
- Runners World March 2001
- Mademoiselle February 2001
- Massage & Bodywork April 2001
- Health May 2001
- Sports Illustrated for Women September 2001
- Muscle & Fitness Magazine
- American Fitness Aug '98
- Massage Therapy Journal Winter '99, '97
- Massage magazine, Jan. '99
- Alternative Medicine Digest Spring '97
- Natural Health Magazine Feb. '99,
- Healthy Living Aug. '97
- Day Spa Magazine Sept.'97
- Yoga Journal
- SELF, Nov 98
- FIT Magazine
- La Press
- Woman's Day Daily
- Somatics Society
- GQ, Aug. 98
Consumer Reports magazine, May 2000, published
an article, "The Mainstreaming of Alternative Medicine"
that lauded deep tissue massage. "In what may be the largest,
most detailed survey of alternative medicine use, 46,000 Consumer
Reports readers reported their experiences with a wide range of
alternative and mainstream therapies (Business wire, 4/12/00). Deep
tissue massage was rated significantly more effective than standard
physical therapy or prescription drugs for back pain and fibromyalgia
(Consumer Reports magazine, May 2000)."
Rolfing on Television
The Rolf Institute's
Television Coverage Listing
Discovery Health TV Channel, aired a 50 part-documentary series
entitled: "Medical Diary", Episode #124, Lonny's Story:
Exploring Alternatives to Pain, which featured an in-depth Rolfing
segment that follows a client through a Rolfing series with Certified
Rolfer, Ben Shield. Olympic MD., Dr. Karlis Ullis was also interviewed.
for a schedule of dates when "Medical Diary" will air
Feb 20, 2000
"Fox Sports Net", Senior correspondent, Diana Nyad, interviewed
Certified Rolfer and former NY Mets pitcher, Craig Swan about Rolfing
structural integration for a Fox Sports net cable channel network.
Her show, "GOING DEEP, "featured a segment entitled, "Badge
of Honor." It aired at 9PM.
Oct. 3, 1999
Certified Rolfer, Jim Pascucci was interviewed about equine RolfingŪ,
live on the FOX TV Pet News show at the Chelsea Pier Equestrian
Center in New York City.
National Canadian cable TV, documentary about touch therapies, "The
Uncommon Touch," produced by Sleeping Giant Prod., aired on
Vision TV in Canada beginning September 30th and continued every
Thursday for 12 weeks thereafter. The Rolfing segment, filmed at
the Rolf Institute, was featured on Show #6, "Gods and Gurus"
and Show #10, "Children's Bodies, Children's Souls." A
copy of the video tape interview is available at the Rolf Institute
Sept. 29 or 30,1999
The "Jeopardy" TV show, mentioned Rolfing under the category
of "Massage." They posed the question: Also known as structural
integration? The answer: What is Rolfing?
The Sally Jesse Raphael TV
talk show filmed an Alternative Healing
segment with Certified Rolfer Bill Legrave's actress client, Diane
Ladd, Rolfer Craig Swan, and author, Heide Banks.
The Wisdom Channel
and PBS TV filmed
a Rolfing segment for the show, Alternative Medicine,
to be aired in Fall '99. Certified Rolfer, Cosper Scafidi, and New
York opera singer, Patricia Johnson were interviewed
for the segment.
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