The Benefits

Rolfing can bring relief of chronic stress, tension and pain, including headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back pain and joint restrictions, hip, knee and ankle problems, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, plantarfascitis, tendonitis, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder

You'll enjoy better posture and flexibility with improved coordination and balance. Athletes can realize improved performance; and everyone will experience enhancements to and shortened recovery time from injuries and trauma. Psychological and emotional growth will result from the released burdens, fomenting greater body awareness and all that brings with it. More...

QuoteStrength that has effort in it is not what you need; you need the strength that is the result of ease. Unquote

                            - Ida P. Rolf

Craig Swan, Certified Rolfer

Craig SwanCraig was born in Long Beach, California and played sports year-round all of his life. Drafted out of high school by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, he decided to accept a baseball scholarship to Arizona State. As a pitcher for the Sun Devils, he set and still owns the all time collegiate win total of 48. He was also named in his junior and senior year to the All American teams.

Drafted by the NY Mets in 1972 in the 3rd round and by 1974 he was in the major leagues with the Mets at Shea stadium. In his 10 years as a pitcher, he suffered a variety of injuries from a broken elbow to a torn rotator cuff. His rotator cuff injury introduced him to a new form of therapy called Rolfing. In 1980 surgery techniques were not as advanced and no pitcher had ever come back from this injury.

After going through the Rolfing series and some follow-up sessions, Craig was the first pitcher to ever come back from the rotator cuff tear... and after winning 11 games for the Mets in 1982 was second only to Joe Morgan for Comeback Player of the Year honors. Ironically Craig's final career ending injury was a tear in the myo-fascial covering of his tricep muscle, the same tissue Rolfers effect.

He started his training in 1985 at the Rolf Institute for Structural Integration and has been practicing in Greenwich, Connecticut since 1987. Over his 20+ years of doing this work Craig has helped people with a multitude of problems with Dr. Rolf's simple idea and statement in mind — "that compression is the main source of pain."

Handiwork -photo by garythephotographerCraig says that... "After playing sports for most of my life and practicing Rolfing for the past 20, I have an understanding of how the human structure works... from the toes to the muscles in our jaw, I know what muscles are to be used and more importantly when to use them to enhance the basic mechanics of the human structure.

This knowledge can be applied to most sports to improve the usage of the body and will result in improved performance and lessen the chance to become injured. I teach clients and athletes basic movement that they can practice during the day that applies to their sport. and once they feel the difference in their everyday movement, that feeling can be applied to their sport without much effort."

photo by garythephotographer