Rossiter System is a Two person stretch
which allows you to strrrrrrretch
out those areas that other stretches
and exercises just don't reach. It
is powerful, innovative and unique
and addresses the cause of pain.
Through a series of powerful active
assisted stretches the person in
charge (PIC) - YOU and coach (Me)
work together to create space in
contracted fascia or connective
tissue. If you have injuries or
overworked, tense contracted
muscles, Rossiter is an effective
way to work out and stretch
connective tissue allowing freer
movement and a softening of hard tight
muscles tendons and ligaments etc.
The video below is Richard
Rossiter explaining how his
is a former US helicopter pilot. He
endured severe shoulder pain of more
than 10yrs after being shot down in
Vietnam. Inspired by his own
recovery receiving Rolfing
treatments he went on to become a Certified Advanced Rolfer
(connective tissue specialist). He
used his knowledge and experience to
develop the Rossiter System of
Rossiter system testimonial video
How does Rossiter work?
In the Rossiter workouts there
The Person in Charge ( PIC) and the
is no need to undress. The PIC (you)
lies on a mat on the floor and the
coach applies pressure on specific
areas. The PIC does what is called a
'lock' flexing both feet - this
gives the stretch its full power.
For example, the PIC moves the foot
up and down against the weight and
warmth of coach’s foot. The PIC can
feel where the problems areas are,
ie stuck painful, tight areas. The
Rossiter system empowers you to be
part of your own recovery. It helps you
get out of your own pain with
the coach assisting you and
directing the techniques making
sure they are
carried out safely and accurately.
The locks also apply to upper body
techniques (see videos below).
What is connective tissue?
Connective tissue is enveloped over
every tendon, ligament, organ, nerve,
artery and muscle of the body.
Layers of fascia surround and
connect all our parts
together, giving us shape and form.
From feet to fingertips, front and
back we are one big fascial sheath.
Connective tissue is our bodies
system of space. If it tightens and
shortens with age, overuse, under
use and injury it contracts and
shrinks creating limited movement
and pain. Fascia holds onto not only
physical pain, but also mental and
How long is a session?
A Rossiter workout can be anything
from 25mins (or even less) to an
hour. Throughout the session the PIC
is encouraged to notice after each
technique has been applied how
they feel - to go walk
and observe 'what
happened'. You may notice that you
can feel changes almost
immediately as you walk around. The
results are quick and people usually
report a feeling of 'lightness',
freedom of movement, 'feeling
taller’ and noticing that their
posture has improved.
that may benefit from The Rossiter
back pain and sciatica
pain, foot and ankle pain
spurs and gout
injuries/ Improves sports
greater mobility and range of
alignment of hips and shoulders
and much more.
Richard Rossiter and his Partner Sue
MacDonald have co wrote an
instructional book on The Rossiter
System called 'Surgery Sucks!!!! Fix
you body without needles, knives,
scalpels, 'scopes', Lasers... or
other sharp stuff! This brings a
touch of humor. Unless it’s
absolutely necessary these
interventions should be avoided or
used only as a last resort. You
live in your body, Who could know
better than you what you feel? As
Rossiter says - if you want to do
Rossiter, its Rock and roll!
Intense, focused work for quick
effective pain relief.
For more detailed information
and pictures read this article
from Massage and Bodywork