Q1. What Are Rossiter Workouts?
A. Rossiter System Workouts are a collection of two-person stretching techniques that quickly and effectively prevent and relieve pain and immobility in the body, from head to toe.
Q2. What Makes It Different?
A. The Rossiter System Workout approach is different for many reasons. It involves two people; A Rossiter Practitioner and you - the PIC (Person in Charge of your own body). Another difference is the use of the foot. The Rossiter Practitioner strategically places their foot on the appropriate body area, and the PIC does directed movements. Each technique is only about 15 seconds, and results are generally immediate. Quite simply, you and your Rossiter Practitioner stretch your body from the inside out to unwind tightness and remove pain or immobility that has developed. One of the most important aspects of this work is the Lock™. This dynamic positioning of the body results in the maximum body stretch in as many dimensions as possible.
Q3. How Does It Work To Relieve And Prevent Pain?
A. Rossiter System Workouts target your body's connective tissue; the head-to-toe network of ligaments, tendons and fascia that hold and connect everything together and gives you shape. Think of it as your body's internal "space." Connective tissue shortens and tightens inside the body due to misuse, overuse, non-use, injury and/or aging. Rossiter uses a series of quick, powerful stretches that loosen and elongate connective tissue, restoring it to its natural state, the way the body was originally designed. When everything inside your body has space to move again, all of the symptoms you feel when you're in pain, and the tightness of limited mobility – ease up and disappear.
Q4. Why Do Rossiter Practitioners Use Their Feet During A Workout?
A. The hands are more vulnerable than the feet, and they can wear out quickly. The foot is a strong, powerful, perfectly shaped "tool" that can add smooth, consistent weight to the PIC's body without making the PIC feel a need to push back or resist. The warmth and weight of the foot also helps loosen connective tissue more quickly, making it pliable for better results. Practitioners always wear clean socks. You'll be amazed at how effective and common sense this approach is.
Q5. What Can I Expect In A Session?
A. The person receiving the work, the PIC, lies fully clothed on a mat on the floor, while the Rossiter Practitioner uses their foot to strategically anchor the PIC's tissue in place gently. The PIC then executes a series of slow, directed movements to stretch and pull their own tissue back to its normal, fluid state. Each technique is 10-15 seconds. Techniques are intense, but you are fully in charge of the intensity. Most people feel at least some relief instantly. If no results are felt, it's a matter of finding the right technique for the specific issue you have. There are 350+ specific techniques for pain and mobility problems for almost anywhere in the body. The sessions are about results, not about a specific time. An expert Rossiter Practitioner can finish a session in as little as 5-20 minutes - provided you are already familiar with the work. Less is more with this.
Q6. What Kinds Of Issues Can Rossiter System Workouts Relieve Or Solve?
A. Most any pain or mobility issue throughout the body - from most any cause. Headaches, including migraines and stress headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain - including frozen shoulders, arm pain, elbow pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand/finger pain, back pain (anywhere in the back), whiplash, hip pain, most any forms of tendonitis in any location, sciatica, bursitis, knee pain, shin splints, calf pain, tight hamstrings, ankle, toe, or foot pain - including plantar fasciitis. Remember: immobility left unaddressed will eventually lead to pain.
Q7. Why Is Each Session Called A "Workout"?
A. These techniques are a workout, no mincing words about it. Each workout is hard work, and that's part of why it's so effective. As the PIC, you are responsible for the health and recovery of your own body, and the harder you work and stretch to get rid of your own pain, the better results you'll experience. Think of this as a workout with amazing, immediate results.
Q8. When Should I Have A Workout?
A. The sooner you address symptoms, the quicker you'll relieve them. Common symptoms include tightness, tingling, pain, stiffness, range of motion/mobility/movement restrictions, hot/cold sensations, numbness, loss of grip, shaking. The best strategy is to get a regular session preventatively; for some that is approximately once a month. If you are in the recovery phase it is best to get 2-3 sessions for a week or two to fully address the problem and get you back living your life symptom free! Think of Rossiter System Workouts as a maintenance plan for your body.
Q9. How Quickly Before I Notice Results, And How Long Will It Last?
A. Most people feel immediate relief that lasts days, weeks or even months. Some have deeper pain that's been around for a while and may need more sessions for the body to return to normal - so the pain may return quickly. The fact that you did get relief is an indicator that you are on the right track - it's just a matter of more sessions - and likely different techniques to give more lasting relief. You should feel better after your first workout. If you return to the same activity that caused the pain in the first place, the pain might return rather quickly. Some people feel so good that they will do things their body is not accustomed to, or over do it, and pain returns.
Q10. This Position Called "Locking" ...What Is It And Why Is It Done That Way?
A. Connective tissue truly does connect from the tip of the body to the toes. And "Locking" is a position that's done with almost every technique to stretch the largest volume of connective tissue in the shortest amount of time. Each time the PIC locks, tissue is stretched and pulled through the legs, arms, torso, head and neck – all while a single stretch is performed at a specific spot or location. Locking makes sure that you get the most stretch in the least amount of time by involving the whole body.
Q11. What If I Don't Feel Anything At The End Of A Workout?
A. If you're taking over-the-counter/prescription drugs, even drinking a lot of coffee each day, it's possible that the effects of those drugs might interfere with your sensations. It is possible that you weren't doing the right techniques for your particular problem, you didn't work hard enough stretching through your pain, didn't take enough weight, or your tissue has been compromised by cortisone injections. Be honest with your Practitioner to discuss possible reasons and reassess.
Q12. These Stretches Look Like They Might Hurt. Do They?
A. As Richard Rossiter often says, "sometimes the best way OUT of pain is to go back through it!" If you already hurt, why not buckle down and work hard for 15-second spurts of time to get out of pain? Some people get up off the floor and say, "WOW ...that was intense, but I can't believe how much better it feels!" Most people aren't bothered by the sensations during a workout. You might experience some bruises, but no one has ever been injured during a Rossiter workout, and you can stop at any time.
Q13. Can I Use This Work If I've Had Surgery?
A. It depends. Generally speaking, if you are cleared for Physical Therapy, you are cleared to do Rossiter - and it can be very helpful for a full recovery. Always inform your Practitioner of any surgeries/shots/medications/conditions you have.
Q14. Can I Use This Work If I've Had A Cortisone Injection?
A. Tell your Rossiter Practitioner when/where on the body you had the injection. Generally speaking, it is best to wait for 6 months after the injection. These workouts can help, but it may take more sessions to get results, and you might not get as good of a result had the tissue not been compromised by the shots.
Q15. Is There Any Reason That I Shouldn't Undergo A Workout?
A. Yes, especially if serious health problems are present. You shouldn't do the Hole in the Shoulder stretch if you have a pacemaker. Likewise, workouts are not done on people with broken bones, recent surgeries, open sores or visible rashes, and some underlying health conditions. Your Rossiter Practitioner will ask basic health questions to make sure you're a good candidate - and please inform them of any special health concerns you have. If you are cleared for PT, you are cleared to do these techniques.
Q16. What Are The Origins Of This Technique?
A. Richard Rossiter developed Rossiter System Workouts as part of his personal journey out of pain. A former Army and commercial helicopter pilot, he endured severe shoulder pain for years after being shot down in 1970 in Vietnam. A form of bodywork called Rolfing (a really deep, connective tissue massage) helped him recover the use of his shoulders, but when he became a Rolfer himself, the physical demands of kneading and pushing other peoples' tissue compromised his shoulders again. He used his knowledge of connective tissue to create stretches that two people could do together on the floor; one gets out of pain, the other "coaches" the person through the process. The techniques were developed with the help of a neurologist.
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