Four Hands Body Renewal
Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Rolfing
January 2011- Andrew is a Rolfer’s dream ; well defined juicy muscles, healthy well hydrated tissue,
superb balance and easily felt center of balance and self sensing ability when his center is off. Combine this
with his bush experience and you can see why his book “Trails to Timberline” came about as naturally as
Andrew is in his body, and the nature he experiences on a daily basis! Dean Bergstrom
Andrew Blix: As a part of Four Hands Body Renewal move to its new location I was asked if I would
provide a testimonial for their new website. I was more than willing particularly as they have provided
me with so much relief over the years! This testimonial is catered primarily to all those people out there
not yet fortunate enough to have experienced the healing hands of both Dean and Sue. So for those
unfamiliar with some of what these two can do, I hope the following may enlighten you a little and
provide you with the encouragement to try them out next time you seek pain relief, be it from a
past or present injury, tight muscles, joint discomfort, or just the stresses of an overly busy lifestyle
which many of us seem to be caught up in nowadays.
I first met Dean & Sue March 23, 2002; I remember it well because I was going for my first Rolfing session with Dean, a therapy I had
never even heard of up until a few days prior, let alone experienced! So to say I was a bit apprehensive, was putting it mildly.
Fortunately, the urge to find some relief from chronic back pain which had plagued me on and off over the years as well as other
nagging joint discomfort was enough incentive to overcome any nervousness! It was at this time that I was introduced to Dean’s wife
Sue, who I believe even then was offering skillful touch massage, which I unfortunately didn’t experience until sometime later. At that
time, not only was Rolfing a new form of body work here in the north but it was done from the back of Dean & Sue’s RV no less! Yes, for
those who travelled the highway any amount during that era you likely remember that mobile unit with that seemingly foreign word
‘RV ROLFER’ pasted across the side! Well it certainly caught my attention at the time and thankfully so, because over 8 years later I’m
indebted to them both for the pain relief they have and continue to provide me, although the need is much less often now! Admittedly,
much of my discomfort has and probably continues to be self-inflicted, the result of an overly active lifestyle, which includes my job
( forestry & outdoor recreation work) as well as a variety of sports including badminton, hiking and skiing! As a result, I need to keep my
body mobile and preferably as pain free as possible, so when I know I have over done it, either through work or play, a call to Dean or
Sue is never far from my mind.
For me, most of my discomfort seems to have stemmed from over-straining my back muscles which in turn affects my other joints
(hips, knees etc.). I blame this partly on what I have come to except as abnormally tight muscles in combination with some undeniable
overuse and abuse. This is why I was originally intrigued by Rolfing as one of its many claimed benefits is its ability to relieve joint pain
through lengthening of the muscle tissue. Well I can say without hesitation that it has been effective in achieving that claim for me,
which is why I continue to utilize this form of therapy! Dean’s amazing ability to isolate the affected area and apply deep tissue muscle
manipulation allows the effected joint to return to its correct position where by alleviating the pain.
In addition to the individual treatments which I receive periodically throughout the year, I have also experienced the many benefits of
going through the unique full body ‘series’ which Dean masterfully conducts over 10 sessions to improve your entire body alignment.
More recently, I have also experienced the amazing results of a skillful touch massage from Sue, who offers an extremely beneficial
blend of massage and Rolfing techniques which are particularly beneficial for anyone suffering from muscle discomfort whether it be
from work or past time activities (sports, gardening etc..). Her unique style of massage (often incorporating her elbows!) is now often
my first line of defense when I experience the discomfort of tight muscles which if I don’t keep in check can lead to more serious
consequences such as joint discomfort. So for anyone who suffers from this all too common ‘side effect’ of sports and other strenuous
activity, I highly recommend you try a massage from Sue. I know it works because I’ve even got my wife seeing her now! I can guarantee
you won’t be disappointed!
, Pregnancy Massage