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Jarrett, English Nat'l Team, 110M Hurdles & Sprinter
1991 COMMONWEALTH & EUROPEAN MEDALIST,
(Just 35 mins back of legs and buttocks
upper hamstring tightness - on site)
Much better; much looser than
before; feels a lot lighter. I can lift my legs higher;
better range of
Adam, English Nat'l Team, 100 & 200 meters
1991 COMMONWEALTH CHAMPION, 200 Meters,
(Just 40 mins back of legs & buttocks
hamstring tightness - on site)
Feels a lot better;
a lot more
range of movement than when I first came in; much freer. Top of
hamstrings a heck-of-a lot looser. It's all much looser than when I came
These are very good stretches
you've shown me. I can now stretch a lot further. It usually takes me 2
laps to warm up, but it's loose right away.
Baskin, 800 meters, Santa Monica Track Club
1988 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM, 1987 NCAA 800 meter
Ranked 4th in World during 1988
(7 hrs in 4
Athletic Performance Improvement
After the first 1-1/4 hr
Structural Integration Bodywork treatment I felt more balanced left and right. Running the next day, it felt
great; my stride opened right up.
I had another 1-hr treatment for
a lot of tightness in my calves, including recurring pain in the top of the
right achilles tendon after I'd warmed up a few laps. This pain had been
going on for a week or so and the left tendon was also beginning to hurt a
little. At the end of this session I felt much better, my legs felt much
looser. On a scale of 1 to 10, when I came in they felt about a 5, when I left,
about an 8. I worked out right after the session. Before this Bodywork I'd
feel the calf tighten up right after warm-up or even during warm-up, even on
grass. This time I did a 1-1/2 mile warm-up, some sprinting, an easy mile
and a fast quarter. It felt great during all the runs, my stride opened
up, there was no pain in the left calf and the right calf got tight
again only near the end of the fast quarter mile.
I returned for another 2-1/2 hr
session, including an hour on my torso. I immediately noticed my legs
felt even looser and were straighter than before. My arches were better and my
I had a fourth, long, 3-1/4 hr
session. I came in with a tight bulge behind the right knee and a clicking in
the knee. After the session I no longer felt it.
I now realized I was tight
in places I never knew and at the end of the session I felt taller, looser and
Robert Cannon, Triple Jump
1988 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM, 1991 US Ranking: 4th
(10 1/2 hrs in 5 sessions: 7 hrs on legs & 3
hrs on torso)
Athletic Performance, Pain Removal
& Injury Healing Improvement
Overall, my body feels a lot
better. It feels more relaxed, I feel taller, my flexibility feels greater
my breathing is fuller.
I'd also had a severe cramp in my
left calf that went away after a bit of rest, some ice and just the first 1/2 hr
session of bodywork. The most significant thing from the next
Structural Integration Bodywork session of
3-1/2 hrs was that the pain on the outside of my knee went away; that had
bothered me when I lifted my leg up. My back was also stiff because I torqued
and jammed it in my last meet, more than I normally do. Now it's looser and
feels as if the tightness is gone.
Three days after the first 1/2
hr I had a hard workout. The tendon pain at the side of the knee did not occur
and I felt a bit looser. While I had a bit of tightness in the achilles tendon
and calves, it was less than before.
The third session of 2 1/2 hrs
on my legs gave me a lot more flexibility and looseness, especially in the
right one, and some increased flexibility and looseness in the usually tighter
left one. It removed the stiffness and pain that had been in that hamstring.
I injured my
left hamstring and, after it healed, I still had ongoing tightness in those
muscles, near the knee. After 3-hrs of bodywork I did intense workouts and felt
no more tightness in the area and no pain nor sense of stress or re-injury on
the hamstring. My legs felt loose and good. And I think the bodywork also
broke up old scar tissue in there.
A fourth session focused on my
ongoing back tightness and it's still been much better a few months afterwards.
Maurice Crumby, High Jump,
U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM qualifier 1985
2-Time All American, 1985 Pac-10 Champion,
1986 Pac-10 Second Place
Former High School World Record Holder (7'
(8 hrs in 5 sessions)
Athletic Performance & Pain Removal Improvement
sciatic pain and tight
hamstrings. I also have had torn ligaments in the lower back, but no disk
damage. Chiropractic didn't help my recent 1-1/2 month bout with sciatica.
Also, in my bare feet, I've had no spring and couldn't lift myself up on the
balls of my feet, even though I can press quite a lot with my leg motion.
After the very first 1-1/2 hr
Structural Integration Bodywork session I felt improvements. My legs are springier, there's more movement in my
hips, the sciatic pain is less, and when I lean backward it doesn't hurt
(whereas it did before I had the Bodywork). The slight strain in the hamstrings
I was having disappeared, and I also had been feeling a big knot in the front of
my pelvis when I did knee to chest, and now that's a whole lot less, too.
After the second 1-1/2 hrs, I had
more range of motion in the hips, more spring in the legs, more torso
flexibility, and my usual hard-knot hamstrings felt a little looser. A third
session made the sciatica better, even when I ran some distance, and stretching
was easier. Normally when I run, the top of my feet hurt & have little
flexibility. After the fourth session, 6 hrs total, my feet and legs became
much more flexible and I noticed an increase in strength. I can now raise
myself up on the ball of each foot.
Brian Stanton, Stars & Stripes Track Club,
1988 OLYMPIC FINALIST - 10th Place,
& National Champion
Structural Integration session was comfortable and
relaxing. I was already flexible before I came in, I'm easy to warm
up and I'm not injury prone. Still, from the bodywork, my body felt much
looser, and looking at the before and after
Polaroid photos, I saw that my
vertical alignment did get straighter. Walking right after the session, I
felt lighter and ready to jump.
Greg Harper, Triple Jumper, USC Graduate
2nd place - Invitationals event, 1991 MT.SAC
(Just 30 mins on legs and pelvis)
Even without warming up, I had more
flexibility; my legs felt looser and my knees lifted higher up.
I'd been doing a lot of weight work for my back and it had gotten tight, and
this also made my back noticeably better and looser.
Alex Norca, Triple Jumper, France;
1991 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES SILVER MEDALIST
(A few bodywork sessions, plus Structural
I'm used to stretching and
getting lots of massages. This kind of Bodywork makes me relaxed, flexible and
loose. It's different from massage; for one
thing, it goes deeper and makes me looser.
Craig Stewart, Cheetah Athletic Club, Long
1990 Southern California Champion,
Trials, 11th-1986 Nationals
(1 hr on legs)
had several hamstring
strains and pulls and before the session had not been flexible enough to open up
my legs at the end of the jump, to bring them around. I also have been sore
inside my groin and haven't had much bounce or spring in my legs.
After just 1-hr of Lou's Structural Integration kind of Bodywork, I
can bring them around, the soreness only appears when I open my legs much wider
and higher than before, and my legs feel springy. I feel looser and have
hip joint flexibility. I can lift my legs higher up knee to chest, my
feel lighter, and I'm walking more balanced on my feet front to back, instead of
mostly on the heels. The treatment felt great and the result feels good.
Increasing Athletic Performance
with Structural Integration Bodywork
SUMMARY OF BENEFITS MENTIONED BY ELITE ATHLETES & COACHES, AND BY RECREATIONAL ATHLETES, TOO.
Significantly Increased Flexibility in a Very Short Time
Effective, and Immediate, Hamstring Lengthening
** Noticeably Improved
Performance and Strength
** Much Faster Recovery
After Competition & Intense Workouts
** Fast Removal of Both
Upper and Lower Back Pain
** Immediate Improvement of Injured Area
Due to Tightness
** Thorough and Deep
Leg and Feet Loosening
** Deep and Improved
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