Michael Valenti

Michael Valenti, Certified Rolfer™

“Gaining a higher sense of structural order in our bodies can be a relaxing, calming and pleasant experience.”
Michael Valenti

As a Certified Rolfer™, I help my clients restore their body’s natural movement through structural alignment interventions and holistic bodywork. My philosophy on bodywork and therapeutic massage is based on a relational approach to each individual. Every body is different, so the starting point, speed of transition, and outcome of the work will be unique to each client.

Some people are looking for relief from pain, others a desire for change in their body and their lives. Some clients desire efficiency and speed in athletic endeavors, some want relief from a car accident or specific moment of trauma, and others seek a transformation not only of the body but of the mind and spirit as well.

Rolfing® is a holistic technique; changes in structure can impact the whole person, physically, emotionally, and energetically. As a result, many individuals who complete a Ten Series in Structural Integration find something serene, beautiful, and unexpected in addition to achieving their initial goal.

For me, along with relief from pain from a sports injury, I found a renewed sense of enjoyment in simple daily activities. I was amazed—not only had the pain subsided, but I found a calming sense of ease and grace in my movements.

My Personal Experience

When the body is out of structural balance, movement is harder and often causes excessive wear and pain. Through Rolfing® I felt as though the forces of gravity were on my side. Instead of working against my body, everyday movements became easier and pain-free. As my body slowly changed (and continues to change), my ideas about health, healing and personal growth have been transformed.

Throughout my own journey in health and healing, I have been a movement educator. For more than 15 years I practiced and taught gymnastics a various gyms across the country. In 1996 I formed the first boys gymnastics team at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Illinois. I graduated from the University of Montana, where I also practiced gymnastics, in 2001.

After years of athletics—two marathons, acrobatics, dancing, lacrosse, fencing and music—I began to notice pain in my body. I found myself wanting a more balanced and individual approach to body development and awareness. In my search for sustainable and empowering health, I received the Rolfing® Ten Series and have been studying and advocating Rolfing® Structural Integration ever since. I graduated from The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration® in Boulder, Colorado, in 2008.

I’ve continued my study of bodywork through diverse approaches, such as primitive reflexive movements (embryological and early development), space awareness body-mapping with SourcePoint Therapy®, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Diaphragmatic releasing and balancing, as well as Yoga, Thai Chi and Qi-Gong.

I am licensed to practice Rolfing® and Massage Therapy in Oregon by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, LMT #18427.