FAQ 2017-08-04T12:40:21-08:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a living as a The Rossiter System Practitioner? 2017-08-04T18:51:50-08:00

The Rossiter System practice can either be full-time or supplement other employment. As a self-employed private practitioner, the decision is yours. To practice you must remain a member of the Rossiter System, and abide by its standards of practice. As a member, you will be entitled to use the registered service mark ‘Rossiter System®’ recognized worldwide, get connected with the Rossiter System Community and the Master, Richard Rossiter himself, to get marketing ideas and tips to promote your practice. Check out the membership plans online.

Do I have to have a special license to practice Rossiter? 2017-07-27T11:44:11-08:00

Usually no.  Rossiter is widely accepted to be exercise and movement therapy and falls under fitness.  Do check with local ordinances to be sure.  We do require professional practitioners maintain licensure through us to ensure their training is up to date, and we require them to carry liability insurance-which is an average of only $15 per month.

What can I do with my Rossiter System skills? 2017-07-27T11:40:23-08:00

Many people have created new businesses for themselves by learning Rossiter.  A skillful practitioner has freedom to be independent, can be very lucrative, and pain relief is in high demand everywhere.

Do I have to have prior experience to learn Rossiter? 2017-07-27T11:39:39-08:00

We do request that people have a basic understanding of anatomy.  The VTCT-Vocational Training Clearinghouse Trust endorsement program requires an anatomy course prior to training in Rossiter.  Online anatomy courses are acceptable.

Why should an average person learn to do the Rossiter System? 2017-07-27T11:38:55-08:00

It is priceless to be able to give loved ones pain relief and mobility restoration.  Many people train with a friend or family member to give each other on-going relief.

What is the ROI for this training? 2017-07-27T11:38:13-08:00

Rossiter is a perfect up-sell or stand alone for your clients, and can be done in a short period of time.  The ROI is potentially huge.

Do you give CE’s for Massage Therapists/other bodyworkers? 2017-07-31T05:23:44-08:00
Yes!  We are certified education providers for:  NASM, AFAA, and are also providers for the CMA-Complementary Medical Association, and the FHT-Federation of Holistic Therapists, NCBTMB-National Certification Board forTherapeutic and Massage Bodyworkers.
What does Rossiter bring to the table for fitness professionals? 2017-07-27T11:36:41-08:00

Clients won’t have to cancel training sessions for many injuries because Rossiter will help them recover much faster.  Your clients will achieve their fitness goals much faster and safer with using Rossiter to restore mobility and erase pain.  Rossiter is a great addition to help fill your schedule.  Rossiter can be done most anywhere, anytime.

What is the ROI for this training? 2017-07-27T11:36:03-08:00

Rossiter is a perfect up-sell or stand alone for your clients, and can be done in a short period of time.  The ROI is potentially huge.

Can I do out calls with the Rossiter System? 2017-07-27T11:35:24-08:00
Outcalls are very simple with the need to transport only a small amount of gear.  Vendor’s booths are always the talk of the event, and are easy to set up for.  Rossiter can be done most anywhere, anytime.
Do you give CE’s for Massage Therapists/other bodyworkers? 2017-07-27T11:33:46-08:00

Yes!  We have been a CE provider for the NCBTMB since 2000.  All Levels of training from beginner to Master’s Series give 16 CE’s.  We are also providers for the CMA-Complementary Medical Association, and the FHT-Federation of Holistic Therapists.

What is the benefit to me to learn the Rossiter System as a bodyworker? 2017-07-27T11:33:02-08:00

Rossiter is done by transferring weight from one foot to the other.  Using good body mechanics, Rossiter is not stressful to your body.  You get faster results with clients to achieve their stress relief, pain relief, and mobility restoration goals.  You don’t have to wash sheets.  Sessions are shorter, boosting your income potential.

What is the ROI for this training? 2017-07-27T11:31:26-08:00

Rossiter is a perfect up-sell or stand alone for your clients, and can be done in a short period of time.  The ROI is potentially huge.

How dedicated is the Rossiter System to promoting Pilates Instructors? 2017-07-27T11:30:50-08:00

We are corporate sponsors of the PMA and we will have a booth at the annual Pilates Method Alliance Conference October 2017.

Do you give CEC’s for the Pilates Method Alliance? 2017-07-27T11:30:07-08:00

Yes!  All of our courses, even all of our Master’s Series trainings are approved by the PMA for 16 CEC’s per training.

What would Rossiter bring to my Pilates practice? 2017-07-27T11:28:08-08:00

Pilates Instructors describe Rossiter as “the missing link” in achieving their client’s goals, by restoring mobility  and eliminating pain so efficiently.  Rossiter can be done most anywhere, anytime.

I already have a stretching program. Why would I use The Rossiter System? 2016-06-05T06:39:31-08:00

The Rossiter System is quicker, more effective and more powerful than most stretching programs that athletes have used over the years. A typical Rossiter Workout can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes, and many sudden aches and pains can be resolved in a matter of minutes. Better yet, two people stretch together in a Rossiter Workout for better, quicker results than solo stretches. For athletic trainers who are always looking for something “new” that saves time and gets results, The Rossiter System is it!

What’s so different about the Rossiter System? 2017-07-31T05:31:41-08:00

The Rossiter System relies on a partner’s foot to add warmth and weight to specific areas of connective tissue, while the recipient actively works hard to stretch their own body . The Rossiter System stretches large volumes of connective tissue very quickly, effectively…and very powerfully. hundreds techniques target most any area of the body:  the neck, shoulders, elbows, arms, wrists, hands, low back hips, knees, hamstrings, legs, ankles, feet and toes. The recipient determines how hard to stretch for their  own body and stretch themselves out of their pain, wit the direction of the Rossiter Practitioner.

Why do these techniques focus on connective tissue instead of muscles and joints? 2017-07-31T04:53:49-08:00

Connective tissue is the internal support structure for the entire body. Connective tissue also intertwines every muscle fibril, giving muscles shape, direction and the ability to move and perform. If the shape of the connective tissue is outside of the body’s normal parameters for optimal performance, the muscle cannot function as it was designed and reacts with pain, stiffness, tightness and limited range of motion. In athletes, optimal performance depends on optimal “space” of the surrounding connective tissues that shape and support the muscles involved in every activity. When connective tissue is overused, injured or traumatized, it shortens and tightens. The Rossiter System uses warmth and weight – similar to kneading Silly Putty to make it pliable – so that connective tissue can be stretched easily back to a normal, supple, pain-free state. Healthy connective tissue supports everything a person does – movement, range of motion, flexibility, strength, power, endurance.

When you say the Rossiter results are “quick,” how “quick” do you mean? 2016-06-02T06:41:55-08:00

Can you say minutes? Seconds? It’s possible that players injured during a game or event could undergo a Rossiter Workout right on the sidelines/courtside and return to the game within minutes, especially for problems such as muscle cramps, charlie horses, low back pain, stiff shoulders, tight calf muscles, knee pain and foot problems. Fairly recent problems of pain or tightness can be resolved with a few techniques, and a full-body Rossiter Workout can be done in as little as 20-30 minutes.

What if someone already had surgery? Can they still use the Rossiter system? 2017-07-31T05:06:08-08:00

Certainly, but surgery is an invasive procedure that damages and compromises natural, healthy connective tissue. So those who’ve undergone surgery (or cortisone shots) will see results with The Rossiter System, but results might take a little longer than in those who haven’t undergone surgery. Progress will be slower. It might be more difficult to “feel” improvement, because tissue that’s been compromised by surgery or the corrosive effects of cortisone takes longer to change.

We need something to prevent injuries. How can The Rossiter System help? 2017-07-31T05:44:22-08:00

or people who are already pain-free, the Rossiter System is a great way to prevent injuries and keeping the body supple, limber and fully functioning. Craig Swan, a former pitcher for the New York Mets, is now a certified Rolfer who uses these techniques with his clients. And for four years while he coached high school and college baseball, he used the Rossiter techniques with his pitchers – none of whom ever made it to the disabled list. They simply didn’t get injured.

How often should these stretches be done? 2017-07-31T05:02:42-08:00

It depends on several factors: how long the person has been in pain, how chronic the pain, how willing the person is to work hard to get out of pain. Most people notice a difference after the first workout. People who use The Rossiter System to prevent pain may need a workout only once a week or once a month. Others might want to do a workout every few days to stay in shape. People trying to overcome pain might need a workout every day or every other day for a few weeks, and then only maintenance workouts every week after that. The great thing about The Rossiter System is that the person is in charge of their own progress.

How long does it take to learn these stretches? And how many are there? 2017-07-31T05:02:45-08:00

Workshops are all 16 hours (usually taught 2 consecutive days) in length. There are 4 workshops to become a Certified Rossiter Practitioner, Levels 1-4, that are typically taken a month or more apart. Each training teaches you 25-30 new techniques. The more you practice the techniques-and on more different bodies, the faster you will be competent at performing them.
Even as a beginner, most new trainees get good results with people. Many bodyworkers and fitness professionals are able to incorporate the techniques into their practices right after the initial training.

What Are The Origins Of This? 2016-02-16T18:44:29-08:00

Richard Rossiter developed Rossiter System Workouts as part of his personal journey out of pain. A former Army and commercial helicopter pilot, he endured severe shoulder pain for years after being shot down in 1970 in Vietnam. A form of bodywork called Rolfing (a really deep, connective tissue massage) helped him recover the use of his shoulders, but when he became a Rolfer himself, the physical demands of kneading and pushing other peoples’ tissue compromised his shoulders again. He used his knowledge of connective tissue to create stretches that two people could do together on the floor; one gets out of pain, the other “coaches” the person through the process. The techniques were developed with the help of a neurologist.

Is There Any Reason That I Shouldn’t Undergo A Workout? 2017-07-31T05:13:49-08:00

Yes, especially if serious health problems are present. You shouldn’t do the Hole in the Shoulder stretch if you have a pacemaker. Likewise, workouts are not done on people with broken bones, recent surgeries, open sores or visible rashes, and some underlying health conditions. Your Rossiter Practitioner will ask basic health questions to make sure you’re a good candidate-and please inform them of any special health concerns you have. If you are cleared for PT, you cleared to do these techniques.

Can I Use This Work If I’ve Had A Cortisone Injection? 2017-07-31T05:14:31-08:00

Tell your Rossiter Practitioner when/what body location you had the injection. Generally speaking, it is best to wait for 6 months after the injection. These workouts can help, but it may take more sessions to get results, and you might not get as good of results had the tissue not been compromised by the shots.

Can I Use This Work If I’ve Had Surgery? 2017-07-31T05:15:39-08:00

It depends. Generally speaking, if you are cleared for Physical Therapy, you are cleared to do Rossiter-and it can be very helpful for a more full recovery. Always inform your Rossiter Practitioner of any surgeries/shots/medications/conditions you have.

These Stretches Look Like They Might Hurt. Do They? 2017-07-31T05:18:09-08:00

As Richard often says, “sometimes the best way OUT of pain is to go back through it!” If you already hurt, why not buckle down and work hard for 15 second spurts of time to get out of pain? Some people get up off the floor and say, “WOW…that was intense, but I can’t believe how much better it feels!” Most people aren’t bothered by the sensations during a workout. You might experience some bruises, but no one has ever been injured during a Rossiter workout, and you can stop at any time. Best of all ,  you are under complete control of the intensity of the session at all times.

What If I Don’t Feel Anything At The End Of A Workout? 2017-07-31T05:19:11-08:00

If you’re taking over-the-counter/prescription drugs, even drinking a lot of coffee each day, it’s possible that the effects of those drugs might interfere with your sensations. It is possible that you weren’t doing the right techniques for your particular problem, you didn’t work hard enough stretching through your pain, didn’t take enough weight, or your tissue has been compromised by cortisone injections. Be honest with your Rossiter Practitioner to discuss possible reasons and reassess.

This Position Called “Locking”…What Is It And Why Is It Done That Way? 2016-02-16T18:39:30-08:00

Connective tissue truly does connect the tip of the body with the toes. And “Locking” is a position that’s done with almost every technique to stretch the largest volume of connective tissue in the shortest amount of time. Each time the PIC locks, tissue is stretched and pulled through the legs, arms, torso, head and neck – all while a single stretch is performed at a specific spot or location. Locking makes sure that you get the most stretch in the least amount of time by involving the whole body.

How Quickly Before I Notice Results, And How Long Will It Last? 2016-02-16T18:22:27-08:00

Most people feel immediate relief that lasts days, weeks or even months. Some have deeper pain that’s been around for a while, and may need more sessions for the body to return to normal-so the pain may return quickly. The fact that you did get relief is an indicator that you are on the right track-it’s just a matter of more sessions-and likely different techniques to give more lasting relief. You should feel better after your first workout. If you return to the same activity that caused the pain in the first place, the pain might return rather quickly. Some people feel so good that they will do things their body is not accustomed to, over do it, and pain returns.

When Should I Have A Workout? 2016-02-16T18:20:32-08:00

The sooner you address symptoms, the quicker you’ll relieve them. Common symptoms include tightness, tingling, pain, stiffness, range of motion/mobility/movement restrictions, hot/cold sensations, numbness, loss of grip, shaking. The best strategy is to get a regular session preventatively, for some that is approximately once a month. If you are in the recovery phase it is best to get 2-3 sessions for a week or two to fully address the problem and get you back living your life symptom free! Think of Rossiter System Workouts as a maintenance plan for your body

Why Is Each Session Called A “Workout”? 2016-02-16T18:06:57-08:00

These techniques are a workout, no mincing words about it. Each workout is hard work, and that’s part of why it’s so effective. As the PIC, you are responsible for the health and recovery of your own body, and the harder you work and stretch to get rid of your own pain, the better results you’ll experience. Think of this as a workout with amazing, immediate results.

What Kinds Of Issues Can Rossiter System Workouts Relieve Or Solve? 2016-02-16T18:06:25-08:00

Most any pain or mobility issue throughout the body-from most any cause. Headaches, including migraines and stress headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain-including frozen shoulders, arm pain, elbow pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand/finger pain, back pain (anywhere in the back), whiplash, hip pain, most any forms of tendonitis in any location, sciatica, bursitis, knee pain, shin splints, calf pain, tight hamstrings, ankle, toe, or foot pain-including plantar fasciitis. Remember: immobility left unaddressed will eventually lead to pain.

What Can I Expect In A Session? 2016-02-16T18:05:50-08:00

The person receiving the work, the PIC, lies fully clothed on a mat on the floor, while the Rossiter Coach uses their foot to strategically anchor the PIC’s tissue in place gently. The PIC then executes a series of slow, directed movements to stretch and pull their own tissue back to its normal, fluid state. Each technique is 10-15 seconds. Techniques are intense, but you are fully in charge of the intensity. Most people feel at least some relief instantly. If no results are felt, it’s a matter of finding the right technique for the specific issue you have. There are 350+ specific techniques for pain and mobility problems for almost anywhere in the body. The sessions are about results, not about a specific time. An expert Rossiter Coach can finish a session in as little as 5-20 minutes-provided you are already familiar with the work. Less is more with this.

Why Do Rossiter Coaches Use Their Feet During A Workout? 2016-02-16T18:03:48-08:00

The hands are more vulnerable than the feet, and they can wear out quickly. The foot is a strong, powerful, perfectly shaped “tool” that can add smooth, consistent weight to the PIC’s body without making the PIC feel a need to push back or resist. The warmth and weigh of the foot also helps loosen connective tissue more quickly, making it pliable for better results. Coaches always wear clean socks. You’ll be amazed at how effective and common sense this approach is.

How Does It Work To Relieve And Prevent Pain? 2016-02-16T18:03:17-08:00

Rossiter System Workouts target your body’s connective tissue–the head-to-toe network of ligaments, tendons and fascia that hold and connect everything together and gives you shape. Think of it as your body’s internal “space.” Connective tissue shortens and tightens inside the body due to misuse, overuse, non-use, injury and/or aging. Rossiter uses a series of quick, powerful stretches that loosen and elongate connective tissue, restoring it to its natural state, the way the body was originally designed. When everything inside your body has space to move again, all of the symptoms you feel when you’re in pain, and the tightness of limited mobility – ease up and disappear.

What Are Rossiter Workouts? 2016-01-30T14:44:54-08:00

Rossiter System Workouts are a collection of two-person stretching techniques that quickly and effectively prevent and relieve pain and immobility in the body, from head to toe.

What Makes It Different? 2017-07-31T05:20:46-08:00

The Rossiter System Workout approach is different for many reasons. First because it involves two people: A Rossiter Coach and you, the PIC (Person in Charge of your own body). Another difference is the use of the foot. The Rossiter Coach strategically places their foot on the appropriate body area, and the PIC does directed movements. Each technique is only about 15 seconds, and results are generally immediate. Quite simply, you and your Rossiter Coach stretch your body from the inside out to unwind tightness and remove pain or immobility that’s developed. One of the most important aspects of this work is being  Locked™. This dynamic positioning of the body results in the maximum body stretch in as many dimensions as possible.