Art Riggs is a Certified Advanced Rolfer® and massage therapist who has been teaching bodywork since 1988 and now sells Myofascial release videos and manuals worldwide. A lifetime of hard physical activity and high-level athletic pursuits including ultra-marathons led him to bodywork, first as a grateful recipient, and later as a student. The fulfillment he experienced in both receiving and performing bodywork led him away from his graduate studies in Exercise Physiology at the University of California, Berkeley to a full time career as a Rolfer and teacher of Deep Tissue Massage. He has conducted numerous workshops for health spas and for medical professionals, including physical therapists, and has assisted in Rolf Institute trainings. His certifications include Rolf Training in Munich, Germany, Advanced Rolf Training, Anatomy Dissection and Craniosacral Therapy.
A Respected Massage & Bodywork Career
For the first 10 years of his practice, he specialized in myofascial release at a physical therapy clinic where an interest in the treatment of injuries was cultivated. He has worked with several Olympic athletes, professional football and basketball players, and professional dancers and musicians to treat injuries and to improve performance. He continues to manage a successful private practice in Oakland, California, with specialty practice in athletic injuries. However, his teaching and the practice of working with the general population to provide a better awareness of their bodies and allow more ease and comfort in their everyday lives remains the most gratifying aspect of his work. Art Riggs has more than 18 years of experience teaching Deep Tissue for physical therapists, health spas and massage schools.
Published Work & Recognition
In addition to his publication of Deep Tissue Massage Manual: A Visual Guide to Techniques and its corresponding Deep Tissue Massage & Myofascial Release video, Art Riggs has published numerous articles in publications such as Massage & Bodywork Magazine, Massage Magazine, the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals publication, and more. He also contributed a chapter to the Modalities for Massage and Bodywork textbook alongside Keith Eric Grant. Art Riggs is also a proud recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Massage Conference.