The only constant is change. Though we may agree with this truth we often find ourselves resisting change in both our minds and bodies which are inherently tied in with everything else about ourselves. Resistance develops through such things as injury, habits, beliefs, norms, models, and other forms of behavioral and environmental adaptations.
I was enlightened to these challenges early on and found the capacity to alter my resistance through practices focused on promoting movement and mindfulness. Initially this started as a teenager with martial arts, weightlifting, and meditation. Practices which shifted my perspective on my life’s potential and opened up paths towards other practices such as massage therapy, yoga therapy, and structural integration.
There’s been a long time of me wearing many different hats in health and wellness. My career started with personal training in 2005 which then added massage therapy in 2007. I also started wearing the hat of yoga instructor starting in 2013. In 2016 I decided to consolidate my hats into one by diving headfirst into my independent practice in 2016 after becoming a Certified Rolfer. This practice has given me the space and freedom to utilize a wide variety of skills and experience while wearing just one outfit. As that outfit became more adaptable I began to truly appreciate the holistic effects of what I do in the business of health promotion. This awareness continues to lead me towards further training and education.
With each year that passes, and each person I help, there is palpable change in both my visitors as well as myself. My purpose is to help continue sharing the benefits of structural integration and movement based therapies. I believe this requires being always open to shifting my own perspective on how to help support optimal movement, radiant health, and purpose driven lives.
Though are many valuable questions to ask in regards to making healthy changes I invite you to consider just a few:
”What do you want to change?”
”Why is it important for you?”
”How will you create that change?”
”What would be supportive in doing that?”
Excited for your journey!
- Noel L. Poff
Certified Advanced Rolfer
Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
CSCS, CPT, LMT, RYT-500
BA Philosophy, USC
Rolfing Structural Integration®, 600 Hour Accelerated Foundations Program, Rolf Institute of Structural Integration® in Boulder, CO, 2016
Advanced Rolfing: SI 24 Day Training Program in Charleston, WV, 2018
Rolf Movement Certification Program, 2017-2020
Massage Therapy 750 Hour Certification Program, Technical College of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, SC, 2007
105 Hours of Hands-On Human Dissection, Integral Anatomy, 2017 & 2019
Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, 2009
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, 600 Hour Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, 2020
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA, 2010
Black Belt in Zanshindo, Beaufort Martial Arts Academy, Beaufort, SC, 2006
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Beaufort, SC 2007
150+ hours of volunteering/shadowing at physical therapy clinics including Roper St. Francis Hospital, Carolina Sportscare, Southeastern Spine Institute, and the Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston.
Ever dedicated to attending and completing continuing education courses in Rolfing; SI, Rolf Movement, anatomy, Thai-massage, shoulder rehab, ethics, sports massage, neuromuscular/trigger point therapy, kettlebell training, bodyweight training, core training, suspension training, and more.
What you’ll find at Shift: Rolfing and Wellness is a multifaceted approach towards improving your health and fitness. Shift’s primary service is Rolfing: Structural Integration which is a holistic form of bodywork geared towards improving your body’s relationship to gravity. The better you can adapt to this relationship the less you’ll be bogged down by chronic aches and pains. You may find out more about Rolfing on the “FAQ” tab or by visiting www.rolf.org.
This practice also recognizes that there is more to health than manually realigning structure and movement. Your body is also the result of your behaviors and beliefs which are shaped by a variety of factors in your life. This is why Shift also focuses on the therapeutic benefits of a yoga and meditation practice which helps you utilize your body’s wisdom in order to develop a stronger connection to the many different relationships you have in your life. You may find out more about my primary training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy at www.pryt.com.
A third component useful in shifting your body, apart from structure and behavior, is training. This is why personal fitness and group training are also offered by this practice. Training helps encourage shifts made during structural integration and yoga sessions. Being influenced by these holistic practices you’ll find training to also have a holistic feel to it making you stronger for any challenge. Whichever way you want Shift to help you be prepared for high-quality support in helping you be your best self. You may learn more about my certifications at www.nsca.com.