A.J. Gallagher’s decision to pursue Rolfing® Structural Integration as a career stems from a desire to help people find relief from unnecessary pain due to deeply rooted postural and movement patterns. He views Rolfing® SI as a logical, straightforward approach of treating the body and the person as a whole. Utilizing his knowledge and experience in fitness and mobility training, he uses an integrative approach to help people rediscover optimal function by bringing them into a greater feeling of ease within their body.
While A.J. was working as a personal trainer in 2009, he identified continuous movement dysfunction in many of his clients and was utilizing corrective strength and flexibility to help them find relief from chronic issues. While they did find some relief, those strategies could only do so much and it didn’t take long before those issues crept back in. It was perplexing and he wanted more for his clients so they may more fully enjoy their lives in and outside of the gym.
Despite being young, regularly active and engaged in a myriad of activities, he was experiencing chronic pain of his own that not only interfered with outside activities, but was beginning to affect his work as a trainer. It was in early 2010 while researching total body movement and global fascial relationships that he learned of Dr. Ida Rolf and her Structural Integration work known as “Rolfing®.” Becoming a Certified Rolfer™ has been the driving force in his life ever since.
A.J.’s career began in college while working as a student Strength & Conditioning Coach in the athletic department at the University of Nebraska Kearney where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. He continued his journey after college by adding two additional fitness certifications through ACE and NCSF while working as a personal trainer in Colorado and Nebraska. He currently holds the endorsements of Certified Rolfer™, Certified Functional Range Conditioning® Mobility Specialist (FRCms) and NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®).