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“Firm But Gentle” Rolfing Incorporates Craniosacral Therapy: Highly effective in helping those who have chronic or acute pain, stubborn injuries

Mar 29, 2017 03:01PM

Deborah VanWagner

Since opening her Rolfing practice in Tarrytown in 2000, Deborah VanWagner has developed a “firm but gentle” approach to her work, incorporating her training as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist—a technique that she believes helps people feel better faster. And because so much of her business comes from referrals, most of her new clients have no qualms about trying Rolfing for their pain or lingering injuries.

The referrals eliminate a lot of the fear that is out there when the average layman hears about Rolfing for the first time—a sure deterrent for a significant portion of people who could benefit greatly from this treatment methodology,” she says. “It is highly effective in helping those who have chronic or acute pain, stubborn injuries that won’t seem to heal and nervous-system issues that can affect the body’s overall functionality greatly, as well as other problems that are just too many to list here.”

VanWagner, who studied with Michael Shea to become certified in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, says much of her approach to Rolfing has been refined because of that training. “It has added a subtlety and at the same time a potency of touch that can make a profound impact on a person’s rate of recovery, while keeping them well within the comfort zone that so many clients appreciate.”

Deborah VanWagner’s studio is located at 55 South Broadway, Tarrytown. For appointments— including a $50 first session on or before May 1—contact her at 845.800.7303 or [email protected]. For more info, visit

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