Certified Rolfing® Practitioner and MovNat® Certified Trainer (Level 2)
Andrew’s Contact Info: 205.370.7768, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Brown attended the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, CO in 2005 at the age of 23. Since the beginning of 2006 he has been practicing full time in the Birmingham area, and has worked with a wide variety of body patterns and dysfunctions over the course of his career.
“As a practitioner, I have worked with many individuals who have issues that are common for people to seek Rolfing work to address. This includes chronic postural issues, restricted movement patterns, and structural asymmetries such as: scoliosis, forward head, rounded shoulders, pelvic rotations, hyper-kyphosis (hunching of the upper back), hyper-lordosis (sway back), externally or internally rotated legs, and torqued and worn out joints. Repetitive strain injuries most notably from computer use and athletics are a frequent reason why people have sought my Rolfing work, including several professional athletes and professional musicians. A wide variety of patterns of strain and pain can accompany these issues and often times have their roots in postural, structural, and functional imbalances, which are manifest in the fascial system as chronically contracted, strained, and thickened fascial layers.”
“In my practice I have also worked extensively with more significant disabilities. These include individuals who have had strokes and accompanying hyper-tonicity, individuals who have bulging or herniated disks, hip and knee replacements, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, and the after effects of surgeries in general but most notably spinal surgeries. I have been continually amazed at how Rolfing work can often be of great benefit to these individuals.”
"Just as important, however, are the benefits that Rolfing can have for anyone. Rolfing can increase ease in the body whether sitting, standing, or moving through releasing areas of holding, both superficial and deep, and by better balancing the whole structure."
Andrew is a Birmingham native. While in undergraduate school at UAB, he received an initial series of Rolfing sessions to address his postural and spinal curvature issues and a history of back pain and inflexibility. Andrew was profoundly affected by the Rolfing work, as it created visible improvements in his spinal curvature and postural habits, as well as increased his flexibility and freedom of movement.
“The initial 10-series of Rolfing sessions that I received were so effective and powerful that I decided that I wanted to be able to give this experience to others by pursuing Rolfing as a career. I was very grateful and wanted to be able to try and serve others in the same way, to help lessen the pain that people experience in their bodies and maximize their capacity to feel at ease in their ability to sit, stand, and move.”
For more detailed information about how Rolfing Structural Integration can affect the body, including information about fascia, the Rolfing 10-series, Dr. Ida Rolf, Rolfing and Athletics, as well as videos and Andrew's client testimonials, please visit www.RolfingBirmingham.com.
Andrew’s experiences as a manual therapist, along with his love of movement in nature and his quest to understand human movement habits and potential, led me to the MovNat® training and certification. This methodology is centered around the notion that we as modern humans are suffering in multiple ways due to one very key and central aspect of our lifestyle: as we have removed ourselves from the natural world, we have lost our natural movement ability. Our level of movement volume and complexity plummeted. This lack of movement that shaped our body and mind in the past is a major component of the modern path of chronic pain and dysfunction.
In addition to offering help to a person's structural integrity through manual therapy, helping others reconnect to their natural movement abilities provides more of a long-term lifestyle solution: creating a body that is significantly more resistant and resilient to injury. It is Andrew’s goal to help usher the training of natural movements into our culture, and to provide a missing element for so many people: practical movement skills that help preserve and improve physical function and health, no matter what age or condition a person is in.
The larger benefits of training the body with natural movements is that we reconnect ourselves to the natural world and to our own nature as human beings.
For more information regarding movement training and the benefits of Natural Movement, please visit www.OrganicMovementBirmingham.com.