Bodywork, Exercise and Functional Movement Has Been My Study And Career For 38 Years
Other than my family, the greatest satisfaction in my life comes from working with people to reduce or eliminate their physical discomforts and increase their quality of life, to increase their ease of posture, their movement and their strength.
I chose bodywork such as the myofascial therapy Rolfing and medical massage as a career so I could help clients feel less–or eliminate– physical discomforts commonly found in the neck, shoulders and lower back. My goals are always for clients to sit and stand and move with better posture, and find maximal strength, grace, balance in their daily living.
To be the best therapist and the most current in my field, I’ve focused for decades on professional training, education and close working relationships with clients.
In 1979 and 1980 I received massage training and licensure in Florida and New York. By 1983, my talents using a combination medical massage and exercise gave me an opportunity to be commissioned as the official medical massage and exercise therapist, working exclusively for the Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Niarchos, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stavros_Niarchos
and his entourage, under the supervision of Dr. Willibald Nagler, Physiatrist-In-Chief in the Rehabilitation Department, at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan.
I traveled internationally with with Mr. Niarchos for ten years, implementing therapeutic massage and rehabilitation exercises in collaboration with Dr. Willibald Nagler, Physiatrist-In-Chief of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department. I also assisted and studied and attended lectures with the physical therapists in the hospital’s rehabilitation department. One of Mr. Niarchos’ guests who came to stay on his island, Spetsapoula, was the dancer Rudolf Nureyev, and I was able to work with him providing therapy as his dancing career had been a tremendous stress and demand upon his physique.
When I learned that Rolfing (sometimes known as Structural Integration) is a powerful, hands-on bodywork modality that mobilizes, straightens posture and strengthens your musculoskeletal system in profound, lasting ways, I got two years of intense training at the Rolf Institute, and was officially certified as a Rolfer in 1990.
Eleven years later, after Rolfing hundreds of clients, I returned to the Rolf Institute for more training, leading to Advanced Rolfing certification in 2001.
I’ve also added to my skills by acquiring training and certification in the “Functional Movement Screen” and the “Selective Functional Movement Assessment”
Known by acronyms such as the FMS (Functional Movement Screen), and the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment), FMS and the SFMA are scientific testing modalities used by physical therapy and professional sports teams to find and correct faulty movement patterning that, if unaddressed, can hamper the performance of professional athletes and increase their likelihood of injury.
I use these tests to augment, define and direct the strategy of my Rolfing sessions so we can make faster changes that are sustainable and therapeutic. Read more about FMS and SFMA here.
The great news is that I’ve created a unique and personal bodywork system that starts first with these scientific evaluations, followed by the hands-on Rolfing therapy that is applied to clients while they actively participate and work with me while standing stretching and moving to increase the remediation of the postural and mobility effects of the therapy.
It’s all about what’s best for you to effect positive and sustainable therapeutic gains in the shortest amount of time and sessions.
I’ve done bodywork on the legendary Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Boutros-Boutros Ghali, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, opera singers, athletes, Broadway dancers, business executives, and hundreds of other clients.
I live in Baltimore, Maryland with my amazing wife Brooke, my two stellar daughters, and my dog Sailor. I also do SAM Rolfing in New York City.
Sam works our hard so he has the strength and stamina to help you be healthier.
“As soon as I met Sam, I realized he’s a warm, caring, dedicated person whose main focus is to help you. Sam Adams is one of my favorite people.”
Valerie T., Baltimore