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There's another alternative to common therapies like...
You still have chronic muscle pain because you focus too much on your bones and muscles!
Here's why you're not making progress.
Common pain management therapies like Massage and Chiropractic only provide temporary relief and relaxation. The results feel good, but they don't last (and you keep paying more). To get lasting results, you have to go beyond manipulating bones and muscles to changing your nervous system.
Rolfing® changes your nervous system by training your brain
Rolfing® is a hands-on physical therapy that goes beyond short-term pain relief to release tightness and restriction held in your body. Unlike more common therapies where someone works on your body, Rolfing® works with your connective tissue ("fascia") to reprogram how your brain controls your nervous system. This resetting of the nervous system results in structural changes that alleviate pain, correct posture, and improve muscular performance.
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Praise for MK Rolfing
Aly Wagner, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup Bronze Medalist.
I found out about Marcel from the 49ers orthopedic surgeon at the SOAR clinic. Following my professional soccer career, I was plagued with the remnants of my past injuries. My upper back and neck were constantly sore. My knee pain was impacting my ability to exercise. I have tried acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy and medications... nothing was helping in the immediate aftermath or long term. The difference that I notice with Rolfing is that it is addressing the root cause of the problem. It focuses on the source of the imbalance or tension and resolves that, so the symptoms are alleviated. It works long term.
I am happy to say the alignment that was causing my knee issues is resolved and I have started to run again. The tension in my neck and back are much improved but will need a refresh time and time again. I will still require maintenance but well worth it.
I recommend MK Rolfing to anyone who has long term pain that needs to be addressed and those with new acute pain. Massages feel good, but they don’t help long term. Marcel has a great sense of what is causing the issue and has a great ability to work with the body to get it to respond so it can heal.
Aly Wagner (age 40) / San Jose
Two- time Olympic Gold medalist and two- time FIFA women's World Cup bronze medalist,
Marcel helped me walk again! I've had a debilitating hip injury for half of my life that's left me limping, walking with a cane, or lying in bed for days at at time. Massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic, and even surgery, never gave me long-term results. I've even studied to be a professional massage therapist and Somatic educator to learn how to fix myself, but never fully healed.
Marcel helped me unravel decades of chronic pain and tension so I could finally take steps to rehabilitate myself. Each Rolfing session left me progressively more mobile until my limp was barely noticeable and my flare-ups were resolved. Marcel is mindful about treating the whole person and not just their physical body, which was crucial to my recovery. He's dedicated to his practice, and is always educating himself to become a better health professional.
I highly recommend his approach to pain management and wellness!
Pete Karabetis (age 38) / San Jose
Marcel gave me back my life! For 12 years, I suffered with debilitating migraines. Each attack would last 2-3 days, and come as often as once per week. I would have palpitating headaches, nausea, vertigo, sound and light sensitivity, inability to sleep… I could go on. Driving or looking
at a computer screen were out of the question. I was very eager to address my health problem. Doctors recommended painkillers and other medication which did not help at all. I refused opioid prescription – I did not need to be part of the ongoing epidemic! Deep tissue or trigger-point massage, physiotherapy, and chiropractic treatments would temporarily help, but the attacks would quickly return.
After trying everything, I thought I would give Rolfing a go – at this point, I figured, I had nothing to lose. I am so glad I did, and in retrospect wish I had tried it sooner! We dedicated my first session to identifying the muscle groups affected during my migraines. Marcel meticulously worked on each area, and I went home relieved of the migraine I had gone in with. In subsequent sessions, we did brief maintenance work, making sure muscles and tissue were relaxed and aligned. During this time, Marcel was very professional and paid attention to all my
concerns. After 8-10 sessions, it seemed like there was little more to do. The frequency and intensity of my migraines gradually decreased. Typical triggers, such as long flights, long working hours, or lack of sleep no longer give me migraines. I have been migraine-free for 5 months and counting, and I have Marcel to thank for that.
Elena Matsa / Stanford
Marcel is the best body worker I've ever had the privilege of working with! As a yoga teacher for the last decade, I can confidently say that I have seen A LOT of assorted practitioners from massage to chiropractic to acupuncture and more. I've even worked with other Rolfers in the past. The healing that has happened to my body throughout the 10 series with him has been nothing short of amazing. I was at a point where I was ready to start looking into potential surgery after years of complex, chronic pain and now I finally feel like I can start moving and exercising again in a productive and functional way.
Since completing the 10 series I'm able to do things I haven't been able to do in years. He truly has a level of expertise in understanding the body that is top of the line. Anyone can treat the body but not everyone has a genuine gift for doing it. Each session he takes notes on what I tell him and each session feels like collaborative experience. I've truly never had anyone care about my physical issues as much as he has and I could never thank him enough for that alone. There are so many specialists who boot you out the door after 15, 20 or even 40 minutes and onto their next client but it never feels like that with Marcel.
Though my 10 sessions have been completed and I'm feeling impossibly better than I was several months ago, I still have work to be done and I will absolutely continue to see him.
Always professional, kind and easy going; if you're feeling desperate like I was, please consider seeing this man. He is the real deal. Going through the 10 series is certainly a journey and sometimes feels like taking steps backwards *briefly* in order to undo what has been done (remember it's often taken a long time to end up where we are physically so deep changes don't tend to happen overnight), but the depth of understanding I've gained about my body and how it functions in this process is both profound and invaluable.
Alexandra S/ San Jose
I literally cry after seeing him because I can't believe how well I feel! I started my period at the age of 13 and like clockwork, every cycle caused me severe pain and cramping, to the point where I couldn't get out of bed for 1-2 days. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in my late 20s via laparoscopy. I was hopeful after the surgery, but unfortunately, the pain came back. I saw doctors and specialists that recommended additional laparoscopic surgery, hormone therapy, or a full hysterectomy. Even then, they couldn't guarantee that I'd be cured. I've tried different approaches and saw acupuncturists and herbalists, had Mayan abdominal massage, TENS therapy, and eliminated inflammatory foods. Nothing seemed to work.
The pain got progressively worse at the beginning of 2021. With each cycle, I was in excruciating pain and was bedridden for 3+ days. I was immobile, had no appetite, couldn't sleep, and I could not recover (even after my cycle). I was lethargic almost everyday and could no longer take care of my children. Ultrasounds, specialists, trips to the ER came up with the same results, that I have "painful periods" and they couldn't find anything causing the prolonged and daily pain after my cycle. I had no quality of life.
Researching late one night, I found Marcel and immediately wrote to him. He was responsive and willing to help. Even with his busy and booked schedule, he took the time and effort to get me in to see him. I've had 3 sessions with Marcel and am happy to report that I have little to no cramping and pain during my cycles! I am a brand new person and I can't thank Marcel enough! I literally cry after seeing him because I can't believe how well I feel! It has been a long and painful road and I am so relieved and beyond grateful to have Marcel support my journey to healing.
Linda B. / Palo Alto CA
I had years of pain from endometriosis! Marcel has really helped me! I was scared to try Rolfing because I thought that it would hurt...he is a VERY good listener and always checks in to make sure that I'm comfortable. I had years of pain from endometriosis and after only a couple of sessions my pain has all but disappeared. It was hard for me to believe. The diaphragm pain from thoracic endo is gone. I waited 3 cycles before I believed it. Marvel is always very professional and kind. He is always there on time and his office is always clean and comfortable. He will even keep it warm for you. I can't say enough good things about Marcel and his practice. I will certainly be recommending it to anyone with pain.
Lara K / Los Altos CA
Marcel is exceptional. He is deeply knowledgeable, talented, and kind. A master in his field, he helped with a long-standing issue that I had sought to alleviate through other means such as injection and physical therapy, without success. However, In Marcel's hands I have seen great improvement. I have been impressed by his ability to look systemically at my body as a whole, and its relationship to my injury, versus just the source of pain. This holistic approach has helped me to better understand why the issue has been so hard to treat, and has helped me to adjust the way in which I use my body to allow it to heal. He wields his craft in deft ways, ensuring you are always better than when you walked in. Highly recommend.
Todd H / Manhattan New York