WHAT IS ROSSITER STRETCHING®?
Rossiter Stretching is a series of powerful two-person stretch release techniques for addressing structural pain, repetitive strain and restriction of movement in the connective tissue. It works on the principle that tight connective tissue (fascia, ligaments, tendons) is the source of stress, immobility, and pain in the body.
This creates a body wide stretch which delivers more extensive and longer lasting results. The client is fully in charge of the session and results are usually instantaneous and profound. Pain relief, increased range of motion, improved circulation and nerve conduction are all end results of the Rossiter Stretching workouts.
The whole body can be worked on from migraine relief, shoulders, back, knees through to extremities for relief of plantar fascitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
Rossiter is not like massage, you are very much a participant in your
treatment with the client and practitioner work as a team using
a coach (practitioner) and Person-In-Charge (PIC, Client) relationship to
create the stretch.
You also remain fully clothed during the session.
During the treatment you will ususally lay on the floor, the
coach/practitioner strategically anchors the tissue by applying weight
with their foot.
You are completely in control of how much weight is added, it very much is a partnership, You, the PIC, then stretcgh away under the guidance of the coach
Why use our foot?
We can apply a smoother more consistent weight and with the warmth of the footget an easier and deeper strtch
How quickly does it work?
Most people feel some relief aftert the first session. How much will depend on the issue and how longstanding it is.
Some people need more session to feel the full benefits
How long does it last?
That really depends on the cause of the issue, lifestyle etc. Some have months of relief othere have regular maintenance sessions
What conditions is it effective for?
Back Pain & Sciatica
Shoulder and Neck Pain
Arm, Wrist & Hand Pain
Foot & Ankle Pain
Knee & Hip Pain
Increasing Range of Movement
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
The Rossiter System was founded in 1990 by Richard Rossiter, a certified advanced Rolfer, former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and former chronic pain sufferer. It was initially used in U.S. factories to prevent and relieve repetitive strain injuries and so reduce sickness rates.
"Richard Rossiter has been a connective tissue specialist since 1983 and founded the The Rossiter System in 1990. The Rossiter System is the outgrowth of his personal journey into and out of pain. As a teen, he suffered a severe right shoulder injury and dislocation while playing hockey in northern Minnesota. As a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, his left shoulder was injured and dislocated when he was shot down in Vietnam.
For nine years after his military service, he worked as a commercial helicopter pilot in Alaska, where the physical stress and strain of flying intensified his shoulder pain. After a long search for non-drug, non-surgical approaches to pain he underwent several Rolfing sessions, and felt his pain began to lessen. As a result of that success, Richard became a Certified Advanced Rolfer and opened private practices in Austin, TX and Little Rock, AR. Over time, he developed The Rossiter System as a way to prevent and relieve pain, immobility and central nervous system problems in clients before they were exposed to traditional U.S. medicine’s treatment regimen of pharmaceuticals, injections, splints, and surgery. He began involving his clients in their stretching sessions and moved the work from massage tables to the floor, with clients fully clothed. The entire development process of Rossiter System was under the watchful eye of neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Moore.
For more than 30 years, he worked as a small business and factory consultant who trained factory workers in-house to facilitate Rossiter workouts with each other – to prevent injuries, alleviate pain as it developed and keep medical costs low for the company/factory. He saw a consistent 60% plus reduction in workman’s compensation costs for his corporate clients."