About Matt

During my years as a rower, I suffered several severe injuries that limited my ability to train and compete. As I began to coach, I had the difficult experience of watching some of my athletes succumb to the very same injuries. At the time I had few tools at my disposal for helping these athletes, and diminishing faith in the treatment plans suggested by the medical professionals. I actively sought out alternative therapy professionals in an attempt address my chronic tension and functional limitations. Trials with physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and homeopathic therapies yielded limited improvement in my condition.

 

After years of chronic tension and a disheartening attitude regarding my condition, I was referred to a Certified Rolfer. While researching Rolfing prior to my first session, pieces of my health history puzzle started to come into focus. The approach of assessing the body as an entire interrelated system appealed to my interest in holistic treatments. I can still remember the conclusion of my second session. It felt as though the left side of my body had just expanded by several inches. I remember thinking, "This is the most amazing change I have ever experienced with my body, and I need to learn more."

From that point on, I directed a stream of questions towards my therapist about the work, ranging from the objectives of his actions to training. The more I learned, the more I realized that this type of evaluation and treatment would have significant applications in my occupation as a collegiate rowing coach. Collegiate rowing involves a repetitive, weight bearing, unbalanced motion, which inclines the athlete toward strength imbalances, structural displacements and eventual injury.

By the conclusion of the Ten Series, my physical condition had improved to a state that I had not experienced in nearly a decade. My personal experience had convinced me of the importance of using some form of Rolfing to assess my athletes' alignment. It also convinced me of the necessity of introducing preventive actions to help my athletes' avoid severe injuries, thereby improving the performance of the team as a whole.

What I failed to appreciate when I began my training in bodywork, first as a nationally certified massage therapist and then as a Certified Rolfer, was the profound impact that helping people achieve balance would have on me as an individual. This eventually led me to pursue a full-time practice in Rolfing. I consider it a privilege to facilitate the change that clients experience, not only in their bodies but also in their attitude toward those changes.