Testimonials

 

“Andrew Brown has been highly instrumental in delaying and, to this point, eliminating the need for a hip replacement. I went to Andrew in considerable hip pain with surgery scheduled a few months later. Andrew identified the ligament which was transmitting the pain from the hip and after several sessions of stretching work on that ligament and other related areas of connective tissue, I found myself free from pain and canceled the surgery. Now after 1 ½ years the pain has still not returned and I have not rescheduled surgery. Additionally Andrew has helped me with chronic lower back and neck muscle stiffness so that I can stand up straighter and continue to play golf. Andrew is highly knowledgeable of how the body is put together and , given time, can help overcome the pain, stiffness and limitations that we sometimes believe we are stuck with for life. I couldn’t recommend Andrew more highly.”  -  Richard, Birmingham

"Andrew has done a fantastic job of keeping my wife and I on the move.  We are both very active and athletic.  Andrew's therapy and knowledge have assisted us through numerous injuries.  He is an integral part of a team including our physician and chiropractor.  I would highly recommend to any active person to consider Andrew a part of keeping you moving and healthy.  Thanks to Andrew we can walk taller, compete at a higher level, and stay healthy."  -  K.R., Birmingham

"I have endured chronic pain for several years. At 53 years old I was facing a future of difficulty walking and lower back pain. Medication and surgery failed to give me the help I desperately needed.  I was excited to find Andrew Brown. Through his expertise my problem areas were targeted. His patience and caring helped me work through the process which resulted in much less pain.  I am now experiencing a much better quality of life and excited to participate in activities I was unable to do for so long."  -  Mitzi Levin, Birmingham

Andrew helped me recover from the bodily trauma of 3 spine surgeries in 3 years.  After just one visit, I was able to drive with my right leg for the first time in a year!  I really believe that if I had known about Andrew before my 3 surgeries, I probably could have avoided them with his help.  His healing hands treat my areas of chronic pain and help keep me mobile and active.  Besides, he is such a nice and gentle person.   My husband had hip-replacement surgery scheduled when he finally relented to visit Andrew.  That was over a year ago, and because of Andrew's skill, no surgery is needed!  Wow!!  -  Laura, Birmingham

“I had chronic low back pain that was preventing me from resting well at night.  After trying physical therapy, chiropractic and yoga I was desperate to try anything. Finally a relative in California recommended I try Rolfing, and I found Andrew.  Structural Integration has released the muscle stress as well as relieved the pain due to my sedentary lifestyle of heavy computer use.  Another important aspect is that it has helped me to maintain a better posture. My wife is pleased as well, she noticed that I am in less pain and more relaxed. I highly recommend Rolfing."  -  Dr. Tumkur Shivashankara, MD, Tuscaloosa

"Andrew has helped me tremendously through his Rolfing practice.  I was referred to him by a therapist in Austin, Texas after she believed deep tissue massage was not sufficient enough to relieve my muscular problems.  Andrew helped me understand that my problems resulted from repetitive injuries to my torso after spending long hours in the operating room, often in the same position.  Structural integration has released the muscle stress and relieved the pain due to this injury as well as helped me to maintain a better posture.  I highly recommend him."
 -  Steven P., RN, BSN, RNFA, Birmingham

“I was only 30 years old and felt like I was falling apart!  I had been suffering from upper back pain for 4 years and had recently began having shin splints and plantar fasciitis problems as well.  I had been to massage therapists and physical therapists but again the relief was only temporary.  I began noticing changes in my posturing immediately after my first few session with Andrew.  These changes resulted in decreased pain.  Now it has been a year since treatment and I am pain free!!!  I do not have the tension headaches I used to have daily after a long day at work.  I no longer require pressure on my back and neck everyday as I did 1 year ago.  Finally, I do not have shin splints and plantar fasciitis issues anymore.  Thank you Andrew for drastically improving my quality of life!!!!”  -  Alison, MS, OTR/L, Birmingham

“After about one year since suffering a stroke I was introduced to Andrew and Rolfing.  He has been able to give me more movement and flexibility on my affected side as well as improve my posture and overall movement.  Andrew’s knowledge and patience have really helped me.”
-  Scott, Birmingham

“Rolfing, as performed by Andrew, was helpful to me in my recovery from my back surgery. I was working with a physical therapist who recommended that I seek Andrew's help in my recovery. I am pleased with my progress.”  -  Steve, Birmingham

"Coping with a chronic neck-shoulder-arm injury from an accident, my physical therapist recommended parallel Rolfing. Andrew's work has helped me tremendously to regain long lost range of movement and to integrate my disabled limb into the overall way I use my body. For years I have suffered strong pain from moving my arm. The Rolfing sessions have modulated the neuropathic pain, so that I can participate in everyday activities more freely and enjoy the improvement of quality of life. I will ever be grateful and continue maintenance sessions with Andrew."  -  Claudia, Birmingham

"I am a professional musician in the Birmingham area and I depend greatly on my hands to make my living. After trying massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture, I have found rolfing to be by far the most effective solution for my problems. Andrew has improved my hand function as well as helped me realize my postural tendencies so that I can hopefully prevent reinjury. I would highly recommend him to anyone like myself who suffers from any type of repetitive use problems."
-  Jim, Birmingham

"As a physical therapist I have depended on Andrew Brown’s skills in soft tissue work to get patients out of pain and assist in the alignment process for functional posture.  Without his Rolfing skills to assist in length and breadth  of soft tissue changes I would not be as successful in helping patients relieve patterns of movement or provide choices for their nervous system to reorganize.”
-  Margaret Pittinger, MSPT, Feldenkrais Practitioner

“Rolfing, as performed by Andrew, was helpful in my recovery from several abdominal surgeries that was complicated with abundance of scar tissue.  I was working with a physical therapist who recommended that I seek Andrew's help in my recovery.  I’m pleased with restoring of blood flow as well as the manipulation done to release the scar tissue.”  -  Tanya, Birmingham

"My tendons and muscles stay very tight and sore due to scoliosis in my lumbar spine. Much my adult life I have done physical therapy, swimming and warm water exercises to help ease the pain. My physical therapist thought that Rolfing would help me. After my initial sessions with Andrew, I felt better balanced and able to hold myself upright more comfortably thus alleviating  some of my pain. I continue to see Andrew whenever I feel I am in need of alignment."  -  Mickey, Birmingham

“I was referred to Andrew by my occupational therapist who was working to restore movement to my arm, which had been affected by a stroke ten years ago, using a Saebo Flex splint.  My progress had reached a plateau.  He believed progress would resume with additional soft tissue work provided by Andrew.  I am grateful that Andrew's techniques resulted in improvements and I could return to therapy with Saebo Flex.  I gained other benefits as well, such as decreased swelling and more normal sensation on my affected side.”  -  Marianne, Birmingham

“After suffering with lots of muscular pain and  loss of function due to Lyme disease  I was recommended to Andrew and his practice. I got almost immediate help with joint pain and progressively got better function as I went through the therapy. I was unable to get my arm above my shoulder and am now able to get my arm straight up and don't have any limitations as a result of Rolfing. The Rolfing also helped to detoxify the entire muscular system from the effects of the Lyme disease. I highly recommend it for any chronic muscular situation you may be experiencing.” 
-  Dorie K., Birmingham

"For several years I had a painful and chronic problem in my knee that had me visiting a Chiropractor regularly. After my sessions with Andy, my knee no longer bothers me and I have not been back to the Chiropractor since. I don't hesitate to refer my friends to him whenever they complain about similar conditions."
- Bill, Birmingham

"After suffering from shoulder pain for over 20 years and trying everything imaginable to be rid of it, Andrew was able to relieve it for good.  He was also able to significantly improve my posture...Andrew is the best!"  -  Laura, Birmingham

"My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis in January of 2007. By August of 2007, she had an 8 degree curve increase in her spine. At that time, the doctors were leaning toward surgery. We started seeing Mr. Brown for Rolfing treatments in October 2007 and have continued doing so periodically. When we saw the doctor in January 2009, her curve had only increased 1 degree. The doctors are no longer leaning toward surgery."  -  C. Hill, Birmingham

"This year I’ve committed to making my body look and feel the way it was intended to. For the past 12 weeks I’ve been treating my body to some much needed maintenance after dealing with chronic hip pain daily for over 15 years. I just finished my last Rolfing session with Andrew Brown at Embody. This therapy is life changing! My structure feels stronger than ever and I am one hundred percent pain free for the first time in many years."  -  Lisa Ayers, LMT, Reiki Master, Sarga Bodyworker

"My sons were both diagnosed with scoliosis. Neither case was severe enough to warrant medical intervention. Their posture, however, was affected by their condition. After consulting with Andrew, we began a series of Rolfing sessions. Both boys had a 10-series and we continue follow up treatments as necessary. The improvement in both boys has been dramatic. Their posture is straighter and the effects of the scoliosis corrected. Andrew is a knowledgeable, caring professional. I am grateful for the work he has done for my sons.” - Susan Fay, Birmingham

"I went to see Andrew for my knees that were hurting and a tingling sensation in my arm.  I signed up for ten sessions. After the first session my knees no longer hurt.  I could walk up steps without any pain.  He also worked and relieved the pain and sensation in my arm.  By the time the ten sessions were over, I had not realized how bad I felt until I felt good again.  I continue to see him once or twice a year.  I am very active and when the chiropractor or massage therapist can’t work it out I call Andrew.  He always makes it better.  I call him my medicine man!!!  He makes the magic happen for me.  I have sent numerous friends to him and they all seem to feel the same way.” - Susan Blanchard, Birmingham

"I had been dealing with some chronic hip pain after taking a tumble down a flight of stairs a dozen years earlier. I had eventually been diagnosed with an unstable sacrum and had physical therapy sessions. Andrew helped to relieve the chronic contraction in my psoas, iliosoas, iliacus and piriformis. His expertise and caring manner are remarkable. I would recommend him without reservation.” - L.L., Birmingham

“Andrew Brown has been the most effective body worker I have ever worked with!  For years I have suffered with debilitating cervical and lumbar pain associated with degenerative disks.   I have tried just about every type of body work and Andrew’s approach to Rolfing has had the most long lasting positive results.  I am pain free and have more mobility in my hips and spine than I have ever had! I highly recommend Andrew and the Rolfing method. Love & Light. - Jennifer Dunbar, Birmingham

"When I came to Andrew I had a misaligned tail bone. I tried Chiropractic care but quickly found out that that form of therapy does not suite my personality very well. I needed the body adjustments without facing my fear of bone cracking and being snapped into order. My wife said I should try Rolfing and after several weeks of sessions with Andrew my body was able to heal and I have not had challenges with my tailbone since. I went from not being able to sit down without a pillow to now being completely pain free and able to sit down without comfort devices. Thank you so much Andrew for guiding my body to heal itself =) - Martin, Birmingham

“I love to be active, but I have always struggled with inflexibility and stiffness since I was in elementary school. My neck, back, legs and arms were the primary areas...okay, everywhere! I’m a Type A who is tightly wound. :) By the time I reached college, I had lots of overuse injuries from walking/running and playing tennis, which I insisted on doing despite the pain because I was adamant I wasn't going to let pain stop me from being active. But at this point, I had to also acknowledge that I needed a new approach to my pain. Just pushing through it wasn’t going to work forever. That's when I found Thai Body Massage. It worked wonders. The Thai Body Massage therapist taught me so much about how to be aware across the board, but specifically about how my body stores stress, about how to let go, about how to breathe. Because of how much she helped me, for the next six years, no matter where I moved to, I found a new bodywork place and went for Thai Body Massage appointments every month. However, due to environmental factors, tension headaches started during this time period. If I went a week or two or so without one, that was progress. When I moved to Birmingham, like the moves prior, I found a Thai Body Massage therapist. After going to her for awhile, she noted I wasn't progressing. I told her that at this specific point in my life, it was about maintaining where I was and not getting worse. She suggested I try Rolfing, since she said that when she has clients who are not progressing with Thai Body Massage, Rolfing usually helps them. I couldn't believe it when I was going through the initial Rolfing sessions. Areas of my body that I thought would forever be tightly wound or like concrete began to loosen, the tension headaches started to become fewer. Now that I am well beyond the initial 10 sessions, I don't wake up stiff, and most days, I don't have much pain at all! Plus, now the headaches are almost completely gone, and I can go walking/running and play tennis without worry that one day I won’t be able to do these things anymore. To anyone going through pain, I now always tell them about Rolfing. It changed my life. I can’t imagine where I’d be by now without it. I don’t want to.” - Shannon, Birmingham

"As a collegiate gymnast and a stem cell transplant/cancer survivor, I have a history that can be somewhat challenging to healthcare professionals and body workers. I was so pleased when Andrew asked me about my history and went over it with me. As he listened intently, we discussed my history of toxicity, illness and overuse, in relationship to my structural body. I noticed that he was taking in information and building a unique profile of me in his mind. His listening skills are honed and his ability to integrate my history with my structure still impresses me. I particularly appreciate his continual focus on how my structure was changing and adjusting throughout the Rolfing process. I will be seeing him again, no doubt. - B.P., Birmingham

I decided to incorporate Rolfing with Andrew as part of an overall wellness plan, and it was a great decision.  Although nothing was especially “wrong” with the way I felt, I noticed a huge improvement in my posture, tension, and general physical comfort after each session. Andrew is extremely intuitive and professional; I cannot recommend him enough. - S.D., Birmingham

Having held my stress and tension in my chest muscles most of my life and feeling like I was not totally comfortable in my body, Andrew was highly recommended by a friend for his expertise in the Rolfing method of bodywork. I went through the 10-series and I have since found myself more relaxed, my posture is better and best of all the pattern of holding my stress in my chest muscles went away. My posture is better and I am very happy with the results of Rolfing with Andrew. I would highly recommend him to anyone! - Sandra Waltz

In 2000 I developed a chronic problem with my neck and upper back which caused incapacitating pain intermittently for 12 years. During that time I found some relief with chiropractic treatments. It wasn’t until I discovered Rolfing and started seeing Andrew that this problem all but disappeared. I now see Andrew every 4-6 weeks mostly for maintenance sessions. Since 2012 he has helped me to resolve many other minor physical issues. I always look forward to my visits with Andrew. He’s more than just my Rolfer. He’s a valued health advisor too. - P.W., Birmingham

Andrew is a true gift. His mastery in assessing postural alignment and identifying underlying soft tissue dysfunction, combined with his compassionate heart, creates a powerful formula for healing both acute and chronic conditions. Completing a 10-series with him is one of the best investments you can make for your body-mind system. - Brian Halterman, Licensed Massage Therapist, Kundalini yoga teacher, retired Education Coordinator with Associated Bodywork and Massage professionals, ABMP, Birmingham