ActionPotential Clients are Saying ...
For 25 years I have worked at a bench doing research in heart development. Sitting for hours doing microsurgery using a microscope resulted in my neck and head being in front of my shoulders. Trying to stand tall and straight to improve my posture had little effect. I realized that time and work have taken a toll on my body.
So, I committed to a ten-session Rolfing program to improve my posture. I noticed an immediate difference. There is more movement in my neck and my chest seems to expand and allow me to breath more deeply. In general, my entire body feels lighter and more youthful.
Of all the things I do for the maintenance of my physical person, I feel that Rolfing has made the most definitive difference. In the life-long discipline of prevention and repair, these sessions with Bethany have made a singular impression on me. I feel improved and encouraged to continue and expand the job of caring for myself. Thank you Bethany
HARRIETT STADT, DURHAM, NC
I have been a physical therapist for over 20 years. I started working with Bethany for my own health about 2 years ago.
I have the highest respect for her work and believe it to be a fabulous supplement to physical therapy exercises. If it were up to me, nearly all my patients would receive Rolfing in conjunction with physical therapy. Her assessments are thorough, and she has an extensive knowledge of the anatomy of muscles and fascia. She is very sensitive to the intensity of treatments, matching patient tolerance well.
I had been experiencing TMJ issues for a few months and presented this problem to Bethany. She worked with my jaw one time and I have not had any further problems for over 6 months.
I have also use her for work on my hip and back and neck all with great results. It has become obvious, over the years, the profound effect that posture and loss of joint motion can play in human health and function. I think Rolfing can be particularly helpful where joint stiffness is an issue. This has certainly been true for me personally.
NANCY TOOLE, PHYSICAL THERAPIST, DURHAM, NC
"Got back last night from four days of golf without injury, and played with more flexibility than I've had in years. Tell your Rolfing students that I was able to turn more on the backswing, and was especially pleased that I could follow through further, more easily. Not Tiger, but close. Equally important is the fact I felt more balanced over the ball, as I have in walking. Posture also feels better, even at my age! So, when I get back in town, please expect me to schedule a mini series "tune-up."
Can only attribute my increased flexibility to Rolfing, since I did not go to the chiropractor as I had planned. That gives both me, and you, a fair evaluation of the impact. ”
JOHN VANN, PINEHURST, NC
"As a pharmacist, I'll admit I had some skepticism when my physician recommended Rolfing for my occasional (but increasing) bouts of sciatic pain. I had had sciatic pain before, and was disheartened that it seemed to be coming back, and on the opposite side from where I'd experienced it previously. Regular massages hadn't helped, and stretching after exercise provided only temporary relief. After asking around, the one name that kept popping up was Bethany Ward. I went to my first session and, upon meeting Bethany, was immediately reassured. She's grounded, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable, and not only understood my skepticism, but had experienced it herself when she was first introduced to Rolfing.
I knew I had found the right person to try Rolfing with, but would it actually do anything? Within a couple of sessions, my walking had changed to the point that even my husband noticed it. The muscles in my hips, shoulders and chest felt more open, less constricted, and my sciatica went away. Six months later, it has not come back, not even a hint of it, for which I am extremely grateful."
JEANNE NOE, CHAPEL HILL, NC
"I've done massage, chiropractic and physical therapy for about 15 years. Rolfing with Bethany Ward at ActionPotential has succeeded in results and long-term improvement where everything else was coming up short. I feel great every day and everything, including fitness training, is easier. I'm still amazed at what a positive change I've experienced.”
BLAKE KEATING, RALEIGH, NC
"I am 33 years old. At the ages of 21 and 28 I was involved in two separate accidents, which resulted in breaking both my left and right tibia/fibula. While the medical doctors stated that had I adequately recovered to my original condition I always thought there was still something about my body that was not right. My lower legs had a mild case of numbness in some areas, and if I ever ran more than 2 miles, my knees and lower back would become sore. In addition to these obvious ailments – I also still felt like my body was not straight.
Knowing my history, my chiropractor recommended Rolfing to me. After the very first treatment I knew I had found the solution – by the time I hit session 7, I had my old body back. I had forgotten what it was like to be balanced and straight. My running greatly improved, as did all other aspects of my life that involved me being on two feet. While I used to be a regular at the chiropractic office – I now only visit them occasionally if I hurt myself or I am sick.
Bethany Ward is an outstanding Rolfer and has my highest recommendation. She is professional, knowledgeable and intuitive. Overall, the ten sessions I had with Bethany were outstanding and life changing. As I move home to Australia, I can only hope to find a Rolfer at least half as good as Bethany.”
ADAM LOONG, AUSTRALIA
"I was told my scoliosis would give me trouble as I got older. I managed it well until my mid-forties when I was teaching elementary school full time. My lower back ached continually and my chiropractic adjustments relieved the pain for only a couple of days at a time. I cut my hours to part-time but the pain persisted and spread down my sciatic nerve of my right leg. Physical therapy and Pilates actually made it worse and doctors offered painkillers and a back brace, saying I'd eventually need surgery. I'd heard about Rolfing from a friend and found Bethany's website, ActionPotential, on line and thought it was worth a try.
After only a couple of visits I was blown away by how much better I felt. Getting up in the morning and walking down the stairs was no longer the painful ordeal it had been for years. With each visit my body fell into better alignment making my stiff and painful movements free of pain. No pills, no surgery. Bethany has the Rolfing training combined with an innate intuitive, accurate skill that is nothing short of amazing. My body feels years younger.
KIM WERFEL, CARY, NC
When Rolfing was suggested to me by an osteopathic physician, I didn't have a clue: A) what it was, nor B) how it could impact my life; I came on faith, really. Ten sessions later, I'm grateful for the referral and continue to marvel at the results. The strain/sprain that gave rise to my visit has disappeared. In addition, residual from a frozen shoulder years before improved markedly — something I hadn't even thought about. In the future, my first line of defense for any body interference will be Rolfing.
FRANCES A GRAHAM, WAKE FOREST, NC
"I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with Bethany. I originally decided to go through a Rolfing ten-series as a complement to my yoga practice. The series was a great experience and has benefited me on many levels. I’ve noticed a decrease in the amount of the tension I hold in my upper back, neck and shoulders along with an improvement in my posture both when standing and seated at a desk. I am more aware of my alignment in my daily activities and know how certain habits and patterns compromise it. I am able to use my yoga practice to work on structural integrity. I better understand how I hold stress and emotions in my body.
I often felt as if something had shifted during the Rolfing sessions, or was unblocked and released. My body felt energetic, relaxed and I had a lot of clarity. This work helped me feel more grounded and strong especially during stressful situations. I also want to mention that Bethany helped alleviate some acute pain from scar tissue on a joint in my index finger. I would highly recommend the ten-series with Bethany and appreciate her knowledge, skill and kindness.
NANCY COLE, DURHAM, NC
"For at least five years I have had increasing pain in my right hip and leg. The condition grew worse throughout the years. At times, I could not drive my car for more than 15 minutes without pain. I could not walk the dog. I could not stand or kneel at church. On December 2, 2002 I wrote in my calendar that it was the last day of my life that I would ever run. I was only 53.
The pain was constant shortly after starting to run. I would get severe cramps. I gained weight because I couldn’t exercise. I became depressed and ate more. Last year it became unbearable.
Doctors couldn't determine the cause of the pain. X-rays were taken several times over the years. I got an MRI. I was given all kinds of pills. I was given a deep hip injection. I was referred to physical therapy. Nothing alleviated the pain very much or for very long.
Several months ago, my primary care physician referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon who, after several appointments, referred me to a spinal column specialist/surgeon. I also went to a chiropractor. No one could determine the cause or do much about the pain. Someone suggested trying massage therapy and Rolfing and recommended Bethany Ward.
In the first session, March 19, 2005, Bethany reviewed my medical history with me to understand everything I had already tried. She examined my legs and hips and developed a strategy based on my alignment and muscle patterns. She did this without x-rays, MRIs, or equipment. By the end of the first session, there was a noticeable difference.
We started a 10-session Rolfing program which ended today, June 17, 2005. My condition has almost been completely resolved. I can run, walk, kneel, and stand without pain for the first time in over five years. I had accepted the fact that I would essentially be crippled for the rest of my life and she changed all that."
JOE HOLCOMBE, CARY, NC
was fun seeing the differences I noticed in my body after each
session. There was a huge improvement in one of my
shoulders after the first session. That shoulder had
not felt comfortable for a long time, probably due to having
carried a heavy shoulder
strap purse for years. After session seven, I loved
the way my head felt more squarely over my neck, and my sister
on my improved posture."
EDWARDS, DURHAM, NC
"Twenty years of work-related poor posture and repetitive stress
injuries had left me so sore and stiff that I was starting
to wonder how much longer I could
continue working as a dental hygienist. My physician had prescribed
medication for my pain, which included severe neck stiffness and discomfort,
spasms, and numbness and tingling in my hands. He had also diagnosed me as
having early carpal tunnel symptoms and told me I would probably need
surgery some day. In addition, a horseback riding accident in 1999 resulted
in a broken hip and
damaged muscles in my lower back, which caused enough residual pain and stiffness
that it affected my ability to walk and sleep comfortably — or even to
be effective riding a horse. Physical therapy plus stretches and exercise had
allowed me to regain some comfort and use of my body, but I was still frustratingly
far away from being as athletic as I had been before.
had been aware of Rolfing for years and when I decided to become
more proactive in addressing my accumulating
aches and pains, I decided to give it a try.
I was so fortunate to find Bethany Ward. After studying her website and talking
with her, I decided to do the Ten-Series along with the BioPrint corrective
report. Bethany has an amazing knowledge of anatomy and function; from the
very first session, I started feeling better.
I knew I had accumulated a few postural problems but was shocked to see in
my initial evaluation photographs how out of alignment I was. After completing
Ten-Series, there has been a significant change in my posture, most
of my aches and pains are gone, and I have regained a much higher comfort
has improved dramatically since I am no longer stiff and crooked,
and I enjoy my work again. Bethany and the BioPrint evaluation each gave
stretches and exercises to help me maintain all the good the Rolfing did. Rolfing was
the best investment in my health that I have ever made."
LAUGHNER, DURHAM, NC
many years of multi-sport training, I had gotten my body
tied up in such tight knots that I could barely move. Not only had I reached
a plateau in my fitness level, but just walking itself had become
painful. Any additional training I attempted only resulted in severe
leg and back pain. To address this, my personal physician
referred me to: a physical therapist, a chiropractor, a massage
and an acupuncturist. After having multiple sessions in all of
these specialized areas of health care, nothing helped. I still
could not move freely, let alone train competitively.
Evidently, my problem (and almost everybody else who experiences pain in
movement) was that I had areas of incredibly tight fascia. Who knew?? Well Rolfers’ knew!
in desperation, I went to see Bethany Ward, a local Certified
Rolfer. The concept behind Rolfing is to rebalance fascia that completely
envelops our entire body, restoring your body with as many independent
moving parts (bones
and muscles) as you were born with. This is carried out over a series of
ten Rolfing sessions, each focusing on a different body group.
Simply stated, the
results of this Rolfing series provide a body with complete freedom of movement.
Rolfing not only enables athletes to train at a higher level, but can provide
everyone with increased, pain-free, mobility. As an added bonus, Bethany is an
expert in this field of providing pain-free mobility, and shares her knowledge
as she conducts the Rolfing series, thereby educating clients’ minds
as she frees their bodies from pain and limitations. I can highly recommend Bethany’s Rolfing series to everyone who feels
pain or limitations in their movement."
H. PENNEY, SAS
INSTITUTE, CARY, NC
posture has been lousy all my life and has caused me considerable
embarrassment. My Dad used to harass me about standing
up straight, but try as I would, I could
not stand up in my own version of straight without feeling tension
and pain in my back and ribs. As soon as I let down my guard
I’d catch myself slouching
again, since I felt more comfortable that way. It wasn’t
until I was an adult that a doctor told me I had scoliosis, but
he had no solutions to offer. I’d just have to live
Needless to say, a lifetime of bad posture resulted in frequent back pain
punctuated with occasional acute attacks that sent me running to a chiropractor
for temporary relief ... until the next time. Every morning I’d wake up with
a stiff neck that sometimes continued unabated for days or weeks. I tried many
things to straighten myself out ... yoga, backboards, massage, spine rollers, Pilates...and
while I imagined that I stood up straighter, I never really felt at ease in my
body or entirely without pain. I finally decided that the doctor was probably
right. I’d just have to live with it.
past summer I went for a 6-day hike on the Appalachian Trail
and hurt my knee, which in turn aggravated my back. Two days
after I returned home I couldn’t
stand up. I could not find a chiropractor who would agree
to help me without subjecting me to a bunch of x-rays. Then I
saw an ad for ActionPotential, Bethany
Ward’s Rolfing studio, and checked out her website.
I’d heard of
Rolfing but didn’t know much about it. The web site
was full of information about the process of Rolfing, what
to expect, how it works. I felt intuitively
that this could be an answer for me and I called for an appointment.
That was five months and ten sessions ago and I haven’t
been the same since.
From the first session, the neck pain that greeted me every morning disappeared and has not returned, along with the low back and knee pain that I came in with.
The tight band around my ribs is gone and my breathing is effortless. My
whole body feels more at ease and I don’t have to make myself stop slouching.
I’m still pleasantly surprised to catch my reflected image standing up
straighter without any effort at all. I no longer thrust my head in front of
my shoulders or look at the ground when I walk because it’s more comfortable
that way. I may never have a perfectly normal spine, but the improvement in my
posture and function is huge and I don’t feel self-conscious anymore. I’m
grateful to have found a knowledgeable practitioner who is so committed to her
craft and to her clients’ well-being. Thank you, Bethany."
KELEMEN, ROYSON, GA
is an eminently rational approach to
helping restore the structural
integrity of the human body. In undergoing a series
of Rolfing sessions I was extremely
impressed by the skills and knowledge of Ms. Bethany
Ward. Among the benefits that I experienced was the dramatic resolution of
a long standing
problem and contrary to my expectations, the process
RICHARD A. PALERMO, CHIROPRACTOR, ATHENS,
changed my life. While such a statement may sound
dramatic, I do not believe it to be an exaggeration. At the age of 17
I was involved in a rappelling
accident and ended up having reconstructive surgery
on two crushed vertebrae. After the accident my doctor failed to recommend any
type of physical
regaining my strength and mobility was a lengthy, painful
Several years after the accident I was still experiencing a great deal
of pain in my lower back on a day to day basis. Sitting at a desk or even on
a couch for more than 15 minutes caused extreme discomfort. After trying numerous
chiropractors without much change, someone recommended Rolfing as a possible
alternative. I had seen an ad in a local newspaper for Bethany’s practice
so, thinking it couldn’t hurt anything, I decided to give
Rolfing a try.
My first visit opened my eyes to how the practice of Rolfing approached
the body in a manner vastly different from medical doctors, physical
therapy, and even chiropractic. As Bethany began explaining how the entire
together as a complete system (with each part having influence
on all the other parts) it just made so much sense.
Yet, never had any of the other methods
therapy I had sought ever taken this 'integrative
I remember how I had come in complaining of back pain and Bethany began
working on my feet and legs – it seemed
a little odd, but as I stuck with it I began
to experience positive results. Slowly,
over the next two
bad habits with my posture, stance, and way of
walking were corrected. I was able to sit in
one place for longer periods of time and
I began sleeping
though my job requires me to sit at a computer all day, I experience
very little (if any discomfort). When my
back or neck begins to feel tight, I pay a visit to Bethany and
she is always able
to relieve my
on my experience, I cannot say enough good
about Rolfing and I frequently recommend
Bethany to friends and acquaintances."
BATTAGLIA, ATHENS, GA
turning 50, I started having problems
with my left leg and hip area. I found myself needing orthotics at the advice
chiropractor, as he said my leg had shortened. This was not the
answer as pain persisted and my quality of life was diminishing.
I feared the
worst: Hip degeneration. Being postmenopausal, I wondered, "Will
I need hip surgery?" After a number of acupuncture treatments
and no major relief, a visit to an orthopedic weighed heavily
on my mind.
I found Bethany and was attracted to the idea of integral bodywork
of Rolfing. With all the faith and determination I had, we moved into a 10-session
series. Within four or five sessions, I was seeing results: No more
orthotics, pain diminishing, and restful nights. By the tenth session,
I was skipping down the road — a little — but skipping nonetheless!
The whole approach of deep issue work along with stretching on my right thigh
enabled my left
hip area to relax back into place. I cried with relief and excitement at the
of our work together which allowed me an active life again. I can say with
much heartfelt enthusiasm, This is just unbelievable!!!"
MOORE, CARNESVILLE, GA
"I am a 52-year-old schoolteacher, who leads an extremely
active life. I am involved in a wide array of sports, ranging from
rowing, biking and swimming to less vigorous pursuits like golf
and target archery. I use my body hard! I am always looking for
another way to make my body work well. At the suggestion of a therapist
friend, I decided to try RoIfing to add to my 'holistic development.'
found Ms. Ward’s business, ActionPotential, in the yellow
pages, and gave her a call. I was immediately impressed with
abilities of Ms. Ward and
the potential of Rolfing to help make my body a better functioning machine.
Even though I came to Rolfing with a body that was not drastically
I noticed immediate beneficial changes in nagging problem areas, such as neck
and shoulder pain and hand numbness. Not only was I given expert care, but Ms.
Ward taught me some great proactive stretches that have really helped my athletic
performance. Rolfing will continue to have a regular place in my personal array
of treatments that make me better."
SALTER, BISHOP, GA
ten Rolfing sessions I did with Bethany helped me to improve
my posture, and to get rid of pain in a number
of problem areas such as my lower back, shoulders, and ankles. Thanks to
Bethany's explanations I now have a much better understanding of the role of
tissue in my body. The combination of the exercises she suggested, and
the improved awareness of my body, is helping me to maintain and improve
movement. I am planning to return in the future for tune-up sessions."
RAVEN, ATHENS, GA
People Worldwide are Saying about Rolfing®...
Larry Dossey, MD, best-selling author
"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."
Mongomery, MD, orthopedic surgeon
Mongomery often refers his clients to Rolfing: "I send a variety
of my clients to a Certified Advanced Rolfer, Nicholas French.
People with shoulder
and elbow problems, with scar tissue resulting from injury or surgery,
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."
Ullis, MD, Team physician for 1992 summer Olympics; Sports Medicine
and Anti-Aging Medical Group,
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
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,
and Barcelona, in the fields of figure skating, cross country skiing,
biathlon, track and field, among others.
Nye, MD and Certified Advanced Rolfer
"Demand for the services of health practitioners like Rolfers is growing
as evidenced by the November, 1998 JAMA estimate of $21.2 billion being spent
for alternative medicine in 1997. Integrative health care is a new trend, that
combines Western and complementary medicines to offer the best technological
advances in health care. Health insurance companies are increasingly becoming
interested in therapies like Rolfing not only as potential cost effective alternatives
or complements to traditional modalities, but as opportunities to provide coverage
for services that will distinguish them in an increasingly competitive marketplace
Phoenix Suns—first major NBA Basketball team to
have a Certified Advanced Rolfer. "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
been Rolfed.” —Arizona Republic, May 1994
Olympic athletes trained at the Rolf Institute in June 1998
John Bauer, 1992 and 1998 Olympian Nordic Skier; Grant Ernhardt,
US Biathlon team member; and Gary Colliander, Minnesota Biathlete;
training. They say that a career in bodywork fits athletes’ lifestyles
and furthers their training.
Will, 1998 US Paralympic Gold Medal Skier
"Rolfing gives you a competitive edge as an athlete.” Will, a paraplegic
athlete and member of the US Disabled Ski Team, credits her
five gold metals to Rolfing.
Tewksbury, pitcher for the Minnesota Twins
"I have received many benefits from Rolfing. In 1991, my massage therapist
recommended it as a way to get a deeper level of work.
Although the benefits of muscle work come and go depending on when and how regularly
I get Rolfing
work, I have noticed long lasting benefits with regard
to my breathing, posture and body awareness. I have used Rolfing mainly in two
areas: for my lower
and upper back to help with flexibility and stiffness and to
enhance my performance. I plan to use it again."
Sander, ranked second on the US Pentathlon team
"I recommend Rolfing for any athlete who has ever had trouble with injuries
or doesn't feel like they are reaching their potential."
Swan, former New York Mets pitcher
"Bodywork can extend athletic careers," says Swan, whose career ended
due to injury. "I truly believe if I had been
Rolfed earlier in my career, I would still be pitching.” Swan’s
recovery from a pitching injury inspired him to become
a Rolfer and help others. His clients include former
baseball star, Tom Seaver and tennis champion, Ivan
Kwan and Elvis Stojko, 1998 Olympic Silver
Elvis Stojko introduced Helen James (a physical therapist
and Certified Advanced Rolfer) to Michelle Kwan during
of World Figure
Skating Champions. Stojko, who has benefited from
James' 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. They feel lighter
have more energy because they're not working as
hard. They perform and complete their jumps with
Greene, two-time U.S. Olympic bronze medal long jumper
"Rolfing works. It really makes a huge difference. I've been in track and
field a long time and wish I had known about it sooner. My stomach tenses and
my hips tighten when I jump. The Rolfing bodywork helped me to breathe and I
Fleisher, virtuoso concert pianist
"When a crippling hand injury ended his performing career, Peabody pianist,
Leon Fleisher went down a different musical
road. Thirty years later, he's turned up an unexpected corner (when he met Certified
Advanced Rolfer, Tessy Brunghardt)...The
[Rolfing] results were remarkable." —John
Hopkins Magazine, 1995
"The Rolfer works on fascia which is the thin sheath of white tissue that
covers the musculature. By manipulating the
fascia you manipulate the musculature, and in turn the skeletal structure, so
you bring alignment to the body... It
can be very healing, cleansing and balancing
for the body."—Oprah,
July 7, 1996
"My wife recommended [Rolfing] highly", says Willie Nelson, "The
first of ten sessions fixed [my back pain]." —New
York Times, Feb. 23, 1995
Keen, best-selling writer, former Psychology Today editor, and
winning PBS documentary
"Bodywork has allowed me at age 65 to live as vigorously as I want to, in
an embodied way. Nine months ago I started studying flying trapeze work, and
I couldn’t have done it without Rolfing."—Whole
Life Times, August, 1994