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by Lou Gross, School Certified Master Postural Integrator
24 years successful experience
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Head Athletic Trainer
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Also in the middle of the 5-year Olympic Trainer
I have had the pleasure of working with, and observing Lou Gross, for the
past six months. During that time he has worked in our athletic
training room, with many of our athletes. Having been associated with
world class athletes and now working as the head athletic trainer at
Pepperdine University, I can assure you that Lou has a wonderful
understanding of the human body He has a knack for not only treating a
particular problem but helping to correct the cause. Often times, that
cause is far away from the site of pain.
So often we as medical
professionals are not open to different types of treatments. That is
unfortunate because I feel we need to treat athletes from a very holistic
approach. Lou has complemented the work we do in the training room
with his own special brand of health care. We all work on
flexibility programs, but Lou really attacks the problem and usually has
I can honestly say that I would not hesitate to send
any of my athletes to Lou. He can be an enormous asset to athletes and
medical professionals alike. He has definitely provided
Pepperdine University's athletes with a fantastic service.
Allice, Head Track
and Field Coach
Long Beach Community College
(Later Head Coach at University of Southern California)
This is to advise that Mr. Louis A. Gross worked
with the athletes at Long Beach City College during the 1991 track and field
season, assisting our training staff by doing bodywork for our student
Lou did an outstanding job and was a great
contributor to our winning both the cross country and track and field state
championships. This was the first time that any community college
had ever accomplished this feat and could only be done by having our
athletes healthy throughout the entire season.
I found Lou to be very dedicated to his profession as
well as extremely knowledgeable. His enthusiasm was contagious
and carried over to all of the student athletes with whom he worked.
The athletes were extremely impressed and looked forward to working with him
in order to not only reduce whatever ailments they might have, but also to
prevent them from occurring in the first place.
I have the fondest regard for Lou and can
truthfully recommend him to any coach or instructor who wishes to reduce
injuries in athletes and students.
I am looking
forward to calling on him many times in the future, as are all the
members of our coaching and training staffs.
Steven Glass, USPTA Certified Member,
CLUB TENNIS PRO
Former Collegiate Player and now Professional
(Six 2-hr sessions)
Athletic Performance Improvement
Several changes took place in my
body from Lou's Structural Integration Bodywork treatment. From the very first session, I felt I was standing up straighter and
taller. A tremendous sense of looseness, relaxation and lightness appeared
in each of the areas of my body that were worked on, session by session.
I noticed performance related
changes as well. During service returns and pressure situations, a tightness
used to appear in my shoulder and arm area, inhibiting my performance. After
the first few sessions, only a small amount of that remained. In my leg
area, the bodywork has given me a sense of lightness; I feel more flexible
and move more fluidly. And regarding recovery, now after hours and hours on
the tennis court, I usually do not feel the stiffness and tightness that I used
to feel on an almost daily basis.
In addition, my neck and lower
back problems have significantly improved. Thanks, Lou, I happily recommend
your work to athletes and non-athletes alike.
Carol Poto, Tennis Player & Women's TENNIS
Long Beach City College
(1-3/4 hrs on arms and torso)
Pain Removal Improvement
For the past few weeks,
a bad knot in my left shoulder that was radiating pain down my right arm to the
hand. About a half hour into the Bodywork session, the pain was greatly alleviated, and
by the end of the session the knot was gone and I couldn't even feel where it
had been tight or painful. I also
felt much looser and more flexible, breathing was deeper and fuller.
And Lou's Structural Stretching exercises I
did the next week loosened my body even more.
Gary Anderson, Men's Head BASKETBALL COACH
Long Beach City College, and a Golfer
sessions, 3-1/2 hrs total)
Athletic Performance Improvements
Significant Pain Removal Improvement
After the first session
of Bodywork, I felt
really relaxed and looser, and my golf swing was smooth and almost effortless.
That lasted a few weeks. The second session I had for the treatment of a
flare up in a 6-year long low back pain condition. After just this one
additional treatment the tightness in my legs diminished, my posture was more
upright and the lower back pain dissipated. My movement and balance was
also easier and I felt great, as I did after the first session. I continued
to be free of low back pain and continued to feel the loosening benefits for
weeks and months afterward.
One of my sophomore basketball
players was also treated in a 2-1/2 hr session. I'd noticed all season that he
had trouble dragging his legs up and down the court. Lou found extreme
tightness in his legs and hip and leg joint flexor and extensor muscles. I
noticed in practice in the very next two days after the treatment that he moved
much more efficiently. And he himself felt his legs were much looser.
Barbara Jackson, Sports Attorney & Phys-Ed
Basketball Player & Women's BASKETBALL COACH,
Long Beach City College
(Three 2-hr sessions)
Performance & Pain Removal Improvement
In just one 2-hr session
of Lou's Structural Integration, I felt
I relaxed years; that much tension and tightness was removed.
Athletically, my body felt tuned up. I felt I could glide with my movements and
think smoothly. After the second 2-hr session, when Lou worked on my legs,
the pain and tightness I'd been feeling all week was gone. And I also felt
Donna Prindle, Physical
Former Championship Volleyball
Women's VOLLEYBALL COACH, Long Beach City
(5-1/2 hrs in 4 sessions, plus 1-1/2 hrs
Athletic Performance & Pain Removal Improvements
Right after the first half hour
of Lou's Structural Integration Bodywork on my shoulders, back and legs, I played Volleyball and immediately noticed an
improved movement on the court. My movements to get around and to hit the ball
seemed effortless, and I was quicker.
I'm a physical therapist as well
as a coach and I use my body to lift people all the time at work. I was very
tight in my upper body, to the point that it was difficult to take a deep
breath. From the next 3 hours of treatment, focused on my head, neck and torso,
I got a lot of release of tension, increase in my flexibility, improved
breathing and improved relaxation. It improved my neck flexibility and
range of motion; before, I'd had trouble with even normal movements of my head
These 3-1/2 hours of treatment
also helped me avoid getting spasms in my upper back. An accumulation of
tightness from work would normally cause such spasms. Now I'm able to
continue to work at a high performance level without getting the spasms from the
The following 2 hours were on my
legs and feet with a touch-up on my back. My legs felt lighter and more alive
at the same time. They were more flexible; I could lift my knees higher and
wiggle them around with more joint freedom. My stance was more stable, I
felt more in contact with the ground, my legs felt longer and I felt taller.
Regarding the Structural
Stretching class for the Women's Volleyball team: They enjoyed the different
approach to stretching. They experienced increased flexibility and released
tightness in the low back and shoulders. And it helped them release stress and
tension from the day.
Pedro Gomez, Venezuela, Gardena, Calif. Track
Club, 5K & 10K
1983 PAN-AM GAMES FINALIST - 6th in 800M
800M Champion: 1986 Calif. Community College,
1988 NCAA Division II
COACHES CROSS COUNTRY
Significant Athletic Performance
After just two hours of this
bodywork, my legs feel the way they did 3-4 years ago. The session itself
was more and more relaxing, and I felt good at the end.
When I came for the bodywork, I
had pain in my left hamstring, and now I don't have it. My knees come up
easier. I used to feel a "stop" at the top of the hamstring, just under
the buttocks, and now I don't feel that either.
In fact, I haven't had any bodywork
or massage on my legs in so long, and they were so tight that it interfered with
my racing. I'm trying to develop in the marathon, and in the last Long Beach
Marathon I was 11th at mile 19 but had to drop out because my legs tightened up
Now my legs feel a lot
better! They're more relaxed, feel lighter, and they're a lot looser.
My heel comes back to my buttocks as before, but now it's much looser when I do
it. I feel less of a pushing down tightness pressure in my upper buttocks when
I stand. And I have more flexibility in my ankles.
In the next week I ran a 10K.
My strides were longer. I ran a really relaxed race; my body was more
relaxed. And when I pushed it I felt a bit stronger in my legs.
Gail Conway, Santa Monica Track Club, 800
COACHES MIDDLE AND LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS
the Air Force Academy
(1 hour on legs and pelvis, done about 2 hrs
Pain Removal Improvement
a chronic problem with
left achilles tendon soreness, and it's been particularly bad these last couple
of weeks. Now it feels pretty good.
Just flexing my foot, I can feel
the difference in the flexibility. And I have been told the tendon problem is
because I've lacked flexibility in my calves. Now my calf is more flexible and
I don't feel a lot of soreness.
Normally, if I sit down for 20 mins
and then get up, it's often very stiff and I limp at first. I was lying here
for about an hour, and when I got up, it's not sore to stand up and walk, and it
feels more flexible. It's only sore to the touch.
Darryl Taylor, Long and Triple Jumper;
TRACK COACH, Morningside H.S. in Inglewood, CA
(1 1/2 hrs on legs, buttocks and pelvis)
I trained a lot and also played
basketball this past week. A lot of the area that had been overworked this
week, Lou got to and loosened. Some places I can't get to in warm up, he got to
and warmed them up today.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CONSULTANT
Patricia Owens, "Athletic Liason,"
Athletic Performance & Tightness Removal Improvement
In my work, I travel a lot by plane
and automobile, and sometimes on trains and buses. Travel can be exhausting:
packing up, carrying bags, sitting for long periods of time, early morning
departures, late nights and strange beds. In the past 12 years as a sports
consultant, I have traveled well over a million miles. And it is very hard on
the body: the tight shoulders, the sore back, tightness in the gluteals
(buttocks muscles) and legs. For the stiffness and tightness that comes with my
job, I've had various treatments and massages all over the world.
When one of my clients, three time
Olympic runner Christina Cahill, recommended I see you for treatment because of
the lower back pain I was having, I thought, 'Well, let me give it a try.' She
said you were a miracle worker, having helped her with a hamstring injury.
Wow! The single treatment that
I had was truly an enlightening experience. I could not believe the mobility
and flexibility that I had after one session with you. I felt like a new person
with the body of a teenager; in fact, I felt two inches taller. I could bend
and move my neck and back with a freedom I hadn't felt in years. My entire body
Because your treatment
encompasses the complete body structure, everything becomes loose and relaxed.
Very often we forget that one muscle can control the feelings and mobility of
areas of the body far away from the muscles' main area. Often, when one has a
massage to work out kinks in a special area, other areas are ignored. That was
not the case with your structural bodywork. Everything works better after one
of your treatments. I just wish my short visit to L.A. would have allowed me to
have additional treatments.
As a person who has worked with
athletes for over a dozen years, I would not hesitate to recommend you to any of
them. Our bodies need to be looked after, and athletes, especially. need to
keep their bodies finely tuned to get the best performances from them. But we
all should take the time to look after our bodies, not just the full time
athletes. Thank you, Lou, I am very grateful for your help.
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
Improvement of Injured Areas
Due to Tightness
** Thorough and Deep
Leg and Feet Loosening
** Deep and Improved
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