To help heal from long term emotional & physical pain, I was drawn to Felisa's Rolfing web address. Our initial phone call was permeated by her listening & understanding presence which continued through every session I've had with her. I was heard. Felisa has a knowledgeable and compassionate intuition that guides her words & hands in a subtle but powerful healing presence.
As a Vietnam veteran and after a 35 year career as an RN, I experience pain from a variety of known & unknown sources of PTSD. From the first session Felisa noted the adhesions of my gut where I tend to hold tension & stress. Her work on that part of me has let me experience a reawakening & a releasing of so many old sources of suffering that I have been holding onto for much too long. In addition the knee & lower back pain from arthritis & age has begun to subside.
I believe animals, especially dogs & horses, given the opportunity can be healers too. Felisa is fully aware of that in her practice with "Horse Listening '' & when my dog met her, there was an instant bond between healers.
I am grateful for having met Felisa & availed myself of her skills on my 2 month visit to Washington. I will definitely take advantage of her healing presence anytime I am in Washington and highly recommend her to anyone interested in bodywork directed toward pain relief.
Browns Syndrome - Beck's Testimonial
Beck is doing so well. It took some time to determine the actual improvement in his vision, but now it's apparent that the improvement is profound. He read and typed up book reports on three classic (read long, small print) novels for summer school work. He still does not have full range of motion in his left eye but the movement is significantly improved and he claims to never have double vision anymore. I would be delighted to act as a reference for your work any time and will post a testimonial on Little Four Eyes later this week.
Update: February 1, 2018
Beck's eyes are so much improved, they almost seem to have equal range of motion. His treatments weren't a magic wand erasing all of his struggles but I cannot imagine where we would be right now if he was still trying to manage life with Brown Syndrome. Now that his vision is improved we're tackling his issues with ADHD, an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex and his academic delays from years of seeing double. Have you done work with children with ADHD?
We would love to see you again when you come to Texas. When do you think that will be?
All the best,
February 1, 2018 Beck’s Testimonial age 12
"My eyes were always hurting so I spent a lot of time closing one eye so I wouldn’t see double. I had trouble looking at papers and staying focused on reading and stuff. Finally my mom said that I needed to get surgery and that was the only option left. Then we found out that it wasn’t the only option. We could do CranioSacral/Brain Therapy with Felisa Holmberg and that helped a lot. Now I can focus on what’s going on in school. I have more interest in reading and math is a lot is easier. There is less strain on my eyes and I don’t have headaches"
Browns Syndrome, Beck's Testimonial, age 12, Austin, Texas
Browns Syndrome - Kaden's Testimonial
Our son, Kaden, was complaining of double vision and headaches for a few months before he was diagnosed with Brown’s Syndrome. The specialist he was seeing recommended a wait and see approach and then eye surgery if his symptoms didn’t worsen in 6 months.
We as parents could not wait and watch our otherwise healthy and happy child suffer from debilitating headaches for 6 months! Kaden’s behavior was changing, his patience was running low, he was acting out at school, and unfortunately his little sister was getting the brunt of his frustration.
We also wanted to find a more natural approach to help our son. After hours on Google and forums researching Brown’s Syndrome and ways to cope we found Felisa Holmberg. Her previous success with Brown’s Syndrome gave us hope and we quickly set up an appointment to meet. Felisa was so helpful and reassuring during our communication before our first meeting letting us know what to expect and making Kaden feel at ease.
When our son met Felisa he warmed right up to her open demeanor and quickly settled in for the session. He felt relaxed and comfortable, able to remain focused and in the moment for the entire 1.5 hour session. During the appointment Kaden had many reflex-like movements going on that he would not normally do. Felisa later explained that his body was adjusting to the tension being released in his brain. Kaden left the appointment in good spirits and feeling bright.
During the week to come we noticed changes in his eye movement. He could now look up with full range of motion in both eyes though it still hurt. He seemed happier and no longer complained of headaches, his relationship with his sister was on the mend and his teachers noticed that he had much more patience and focus at school. It has been a few weeks since the appointment now and I am now noticing that he has full range of motion in both eyes and is not complaining of any pain. His energy levels are amazing and he is back to all of his extracurricular activities with no problems.
We will be seeing Felisa again to continue her work with Kaden and look forward to more success.
We had our checkup yesterday and the doctors were shocked at how much better his eyes are!! Kaden did amazing with every test they gave him. I hope this helps you get the word out. I told the doctors what you have done for him but she seemed uninterested and said it was probably the Advil. It's a shame they are not more open to natural healing. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. I have just put the paperwork in to update our passports and then we will be coming down for another visit. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Matt and Stephanie, Canada
Shortly after my son, Tayen, was born, I noticed that he was having some troubles with latching on while breast feeding. We tried several different things to get him to feed with ease, but nothing helped. I also noticed that he wouldn't sleep very well unless he was lying on his right side.
I was confiding in my mom about the troubles I was having with him and she was noticing that his skull was misshapen and that it could be causing these issues. She suggested that I see if Felisa would be able to help. I was pretty skeptical and didn't really understand what Rolfing was or how it could even help us.
I decided to make an appointment with her that following week, just to see what she had to say.
When we arrived at her office, she sat and explained to me what Rolfing was and exactly what she was going to do.
Tayen was just over a month old, so I brought him into the office asleep in his car seat. She examined him and did the whole procedure while he was asleep.
Shortly after we got home after our appointment, I sat down to breastfeed Tayen, and he immediately latched on with no problem. That same night, he fell asleep on his left side and slept more soundly than he ever had. And so did I.
I was so unaware that Felisa's CranioSacral Therapy could help us so much, and I am so thankful for Felisa and the amazing work that she does.
Thanks again Felisa.
Jessica C, Aberdeen, WA
Felisa Holmberg is a miracle worker. I am a healthy, 65-year old man who never had headaches. Then I got one. I woke up every morning with it each and every day for 8 months. The pain was constant and debilitating. Over a period of 3 days Felisa worked on my head, hands on. The pain drained away and I was left pain-free and able to function. The subtle healing power that came through Felisa’s hands was miraculous to me. She could feel what was going on in my head, and literally take the pain away. In my experience Felisa is a healer of the highest order.
Murray Kennedy, Canada
I had hip surgery as a child for being pigeon-toed, and foot surgery on both feet at the same time as a young adult where they had broken both big toe metatarsal bones to straighten them and shaved bunions to avoid further bunion issues. After that foot surgery, I swore I would never have another surgery because it was so painful and it messed up my feet so bad that I couldn't stand to be on my feet for very much more than a few hours. Unfortunately, no more surgeries didn't end up being my experience. I had to have knee surgery and shoulder surgery as an older adult. All these surgeries have resulted in limiting my original range of motion and creating pain when I move, which has made me not want to move as much as I should. Hence, I've become out of shape and overweight, which only exacerbates the pain when I move. Pain however, doesn't stop me from moving when I have a project to get done.
I had been working on our ocean property, clearing trees, sawing logs, clearing stickers, moving rock, and all kinds of physical work that my mind thinks my body can still easily do but my body doesn't. After the first week of working, I decided I would take a day off and have a massage, as is my typical practice when I'm hurting more than I can stand. I happened across Felisa's information on the internet and made an appointment with her for a week or so later (she was out of town). In the meantime, I continued to work on the property and torture my body.
When I walked up to Felisa's office for my appointment I could barely walk. Felisa described it as walking like a zombie. I wasn't rolling my feet as I walked, I was walking flatly on the outsides of my feet to avoid the pain, which apparently I've been doing for many years as my "norm" to reduce the pain when I walked.
I had made a 2-hour appointment with Felisa, and she spent at least an hour and a half of that appointment just on just my left foot, which was the one that was the most messed up from the foot surgery. When I walked out of her office, I realized that I hadn't really realized how much pain I had been in over the last 30 years, because I had forgotten what it was like to walk with normal motion without pain. I could now walk with a roll from my heel to my toes without pain. In just 90 minutes of work! I was so amazed, and so elated. I've been telling all my friends and anyone who I know is in pain that will listen. If I had known about Rolfing, and about Felisa, I would have started this journey years ago. It's been close to 3 months now, and I am still able to walk with a normal roll of the feet with no pain. I can't even express the magnitude of how grateful I am.
Thank you so much, Felisa, for giving me back my life. I look forward to more appointments with you to hopefully resolve the rest of my range of motion issues from all those, in my hind-sight perspective, unnecessary and disastrous surgeries.
By the way, after my experience with Felisa, I made my reluctant, skeptic other half come to see her for his back and ankle pain that he had been having for the last few years. I'm happy to report that I asked him tonight (a month later) if he thought that Felisa had helped him, and he said, "I guess so. I haven't had any pain since then." Knowing his skepticism, that was quite an endorsement! Thanks again Felisa!
Karen Petersen, Everett, WA
My sessions with Felisa were amazing. She worked deep into my brain w/a very non-invasive touch. A few minutes into it, I could feel shifting and opening...like things going back into place. I seem more clear than before treatment.
She also worked to release my lungs and restrictions around my heart (that’s what it felt like). I have had allergies all my life and adult onset asthma after being exposed to too much campfire smoke and the removal of a mercury filling. She helped me learn to breathe into all parts of my lungs. At first, I coughed more, as if I needed to clear things out. Now I rarely cough...usually only after I eat something that disagrees with me instead of coughing a lot of the time.
I was born 81 years ago with a crossed left eye. My mom said the doctor told her it was because of the silver nitrate put in my eyes. Too much had been added. Silver Nitrate was a standard procedure in 1938. I do not know the reason for using it.
When in the first grade, my eye doctor, an ophthalmologist, put a patch over my right eye, hoping my left eye would correct itself. It didn’t. I had to repeat the first grade because I could not see well enough to do my lessons.
Next, strong left-eye glasses were prescribed. I’ve worn them ever since. My left eye continued to cross, often making me see double or blurring my vision. If I closed my left eye, I could see clearly. My right eye, today, has 20/20 vision with glasses on.
Several months ago, Felisa Holmberg had recently learned a technique to help such eye conditions. I told her that I had begun closing my left eye sometimes while driving in the rain. This stopped the blur, which seemed to be getting worse. She agreed to use this new technique on me. I was amazed as I later looked around. The blur seemed to be gone! Later, when driving home, I closed and opened the left eye to see any changes. Amazingly, I no longer had to close the left eye to see better at a distance. I’d especially had the blur problem when driving in the rain. But now the weather was better. To be sure of the eye change, I waited until the rains came back. I am amazed that the blurriness is GONE!
I have always liked to drive but it had become a chore until Felisa freed my eye and it now has full range of motion.
By the way, the left eye has the beginning of macular degeneration but it seems like the pupil has moved away from the blurriness caused by that condition.
I now enjoy driving again!
Sincerely, Gweneth C Wilson
Felisa came to our ranch Desert Awakenings for a visit. Within 5 minutes of her arrival, our 2-year old Golden retriever/Corgi (named Beau) jumped on her lap. Beau is usually somewhat reserved and stand-offish with strangers but he immediately took to Felisa as if he knew her his whole life and that he had been waiting for her. We knew Beau had some soreness with his neck and shoulder but had not shared this with Felisa. She immediately knew Beau was asking her to help and she quickly determined his problem.
It was amazing to watch the interaction between Felisa and Beau during the next week and amazing to see the rapid healing of his neck and shoulder. He came to her at least twice a day to ask for her treatment and, if she was not ready he would bark at her or pull at her clothes, until she sat on the sofa. He would then position himself to where he wanted her to work. Incredible to watch!
Felisa truly has the heart, soul and hands of a healer. If you want proof just ask Beau!
Jim and Sarah Charuk, Awakenings Ranch, Phoenix AZ
Jim and Sarah CharukAwakenings Ranch, Phoenix AZ
Desert Awakenings Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona
Since seeing you, I feel so much better. After you told me "people are walking around in pain without knowing it", I understand more when you say that. My experience is just as you told me to expect. You were professional, compassionate. Thank you.
I came to Felisa after doing a web search for Rolfing in the Olympia area. I had been having serious neck trouble for almost one year – had tried chiropractic, medical massage, acupuncture and several other types of massage/manipulation – all to no avail. I was desperate and had heard about Swedish massage and Rolfing – decided to read up on Rolfing and search for a practitioner. I must admit I was a bit skeptical after the initial visit, especially when Felisa suggested the full course of 10 treatments. I stuck with it and had a major breakthrough after the fifth or sixth visit. I continued to finish out the sessions and have not had a reoccurrence. Felisa was so kind, helpful and understanding of my hesitancy. She helped me immensely and I am able to surf pain free (at least in the neck – ha). I have already recommended her to others. Nothing more miserable than living with unnecessary pain!
Bill Bailey / Chehalis, WA
OMG! Felisa’s Rolfing work is amazing! I suffered from an ice skating accident for 8 years while trying chiropractic treatments and massage without showing any improvements, only getting worse. I read a profile about Felisa and her Rolfing treatments to get your body back into alignment after injuries. I signed up right away and started my series of 10 treatments. After only the 3rd visit, I was without pain for the first time in 8 years! After completing the series, I felt amazing. I have shared my experience with everyone I know. One of my friends who had a couple of bad falls, went to Felisa after 10 years of being in pain and is now pain-free! Another friend said her life had been changed after her treatments. A couple of years after feeling great, I was hit by an electric shopping cart in Safeway. I thought I was going to be ok, but a length of time later, my right hip was so painful I had a hard time sitting for very long. I returned to Felisa for help again and, amazing enough, one visit I was out of pain again. Stop putting up with pain!!!! Get Rolfed!!!!!!
— Brenda Sansom, Amanda Park, Wa
When I came to Felisa for Rolfing I could barely move my arms. I had no range of motion. I couldn’t raise my arms above shoulder height. I couldn’t sleep at night because the pain was so bad and it was affecting my ability to work. At the time I started seeing Felisa, the only other alternative for me was to live with the pain, drugs or surgery. I was in a very high level of constant pain.
Rolfing restored me and one year later I have full range of motion. I’m still enjoying freedom of movement and a lot less pain. It gave me the ability to function daily and I’m thankful to have avoided surgery. Surgery is a road I did not want to go down as it was cost-prohibitive for me as a self-employed person with only catastrophic insurance. Surgery only brings scar tissue adding up to more problems, drugs just cover up the pain, and don’t aid the healing process. Rolfing addressed the problem and is the least invasive treatment you can do to the body. I highly recommend it.
– Fred Smith | Ocean Soils amp; Backhoe Northwest
Felisa’s treatments are helping me recover from a car accident 2-1/2 months ago. She did some amazing and gentle work on my lumbar spine, which had been diagnosed with a compression fracture, for which I had been prescribed to wear a Jewett Brace. The pain is far less than before I started treatments with Felisa, and through her encouragement, I have started using a gentle and very effective type of exercise and with it, I am regaining my flexibility. I haven’t needed to wear the Jewett Brace since my 2nd treatment. The 2 vertebrae that were sticking out of my back are now (mostly) back in place. Each session (just had #3 in the Rolfing series) brings changes to my body, and I am re-learning how to use my body better, with less pain and more confidence.”
Felisa has helped me regain movement and flexibility after a car accident that caused a fracture in my lumbar spine.
Now, less than 3 months later, I am walking 2 miles several times a week and am no longer in pain.• Little Feather G.
—Little Feather G., Raymond, WA
I have been going to Felisa for several problems that I felt could not be resolved by massage therapists, physical therapists or chiropractor. She has addressed these problems with great care, gentleness, and thoroughness. I have a great deal of respect for Rolfing Structural Integration, as it not only seeks to cure any acute physical problems, but looks at how the entire body is functioning in relation to that problem, then, working with the other parts of the body to put it into proper alignment as it was meant to be. Felisa has been well-trained, and has the personality to offer great healing to many who suffer acute and chronic pains that have otherwise not been cured
— Susan Fleming
I suffered from plantar fasciitis for over a year. I tried everything the doctors suggested – anti-inflammatories, stretching, rolling a golf ball under my foot, etc. plus custom-made inserts and quality shoes with good support. Nothing helped. I decided to try Rolfing SI and believe it or not, it took only one visit with Felisa to end the pain. I have had no pain since and it has been a couple of years. I tell everyone how great Rolfing is.
— Yana Long
When I came to you with carpal tunnel problems, it was an effort to avoid surgery … not only did I not need surgery, but now, almost four years later I seldom have much problems with that hand. More recently after the auto accident and the injury to my shoulder I’m once again back … and have gained more mobility in my left shoulder and a general loosening up of my shoulders, neck area.
I tell anyone who will listen to consider Rolfing Structural Integration when they have some major issues. When I referred Karen to you she was at the end of her rope with back pain among other issues and was willing to try anything because it was either that or acupuncture, cortisone shots or surgery. She went the first time yesterday and this morning told me that she always hurts when she lays down and if she forgets to take Tylenol before going to bed she has to get up instantly and take some as she hurts too bad to sleep. After her first session with you, she said last night she didn’t take any Tylenol prior to bed and DIDN’T HURT when she laid down. Yea!!!!! She’s so excited to find something that works, you are close, and she thinks the world of you already!!! Way to go! I’m so glad she took me up on my suggestion that she call you.
Thanks for everything you do for all of us!
— Barb Lyda
I came to Felisa Holmberg looking for relief after a car-accident. She worked in a surprisingly gentle way, always listening and following my body’s needs. The results were amazing, after every session I saw my body change, shift and align into a freedom that it hasn’t felt in a long time.
I highly recommend Felisa’s work to anyone in search of deep, lasting and loving structural body-work.
— Ewa D.
Felisa Holmberg has been instrumental in the treatment of my severe scoliosis problem, in that the Rolfing treatments have given me some pain-free relief. Upon completion of my first few treatments I noticed I could walk further than a one-half mile, and immediately after treatment, I felt even on my feet. The Scoliosis I have is lower lumbar, and the UW doctors wanted to do two 7-hour surgeries with a 4-month recovery in between. The first surgery would be inserting pins and bars to straighten my back, and the second was to insert a skin graph at the apex of the worse bend in my spine. These doctors stated to me that I would lose my bladder and bowel tension if I didn’t accept surgery.
Through Felisa’s treatments, my hips have become even for the most part; therefore, I stand evenly on my feet after my treatments. I am a difficult case because of the severity of my scoliosis, and my age (68) and, having scoliosis most of my life (diagnosed at age 12) it is normal for “muscle memory” to return to the state of placement it is used to.
However, the wonderful advantage to having Felisa treating my scoliosis is that she is versed in bringing my organs, which have shifted, back into place using visceral bodywork, as well as balancing my cerebral spinal fluid using CranioSacral therapy techniques. She has a great bag of tools to bring one back to a functional state of being.
— Mary L. Haase
As I approached the 30-year anniversary of my dental hygiene career I wondered if my profession had taken too much of a toll on my body. The constant leaning, twisting and turning necessary to do my work were oftentimes limiting and painful.
I went to doctors and therapists- both physical and massage but found limited or little relief and then I read about Felisa and her Rolfing practice. What a godsend she has been to my professional career. I now look forward to practicing my beloved profession of dental hygiene for many more anniversaries to come…
— R. Sage