About Me

Tom Richards, Advanced Certified Rolfer

I am an Advanced Rolfing® practitioner in  Oakland, CA, certified by the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO (the sole certifying agency in the U.S.). Governed by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, Certified Rolfers have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and therapeutic relationship.  Special skills that I bring into my such as joint mobilization, nerve manipulation, visceral manipulation, and movement therapy.  I hold a B.S. in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University.

My Inspiration for Healing

I have always been drawn to athletic skill and movement. The power of the body to refine movement skill and to heal itself continues to amaze me.  For the past 20 years my passion has mostly revolved around  Martial Arts (WingChun and Escrima) as a student and an instructor. Some time ago, I injured my hip and decided to seek treatment with Rolfing®. That was how I met Advanced Rolfer Art Riggs. After my successful rehabilitation, I was so impressed with the results and the process that I decided to study Rolfing myself. I look forward to merge my passion of movement, bodywork, learning, and holistic health to help people just like you.