Manny Aragon BCAPSI
At the bottom of this page you can read dozens of testimonials from Mannyʼs clients. Manny Aragon is recognized as one of the top biomechanics, nutrition, and structural performance experts in the nation.
Manny coaches and works with individuals for structural rehabilitation, weight loss holistic wellness, and, sports performance in Newport Beach, California (at The Rolf Workshop) aswell as all over the world by phone, video, email and various other online correspondences. He is a prolific public speaker, having keynoted for various athletic, nutrition, performance coaching, medical, and pain relief groups. He became interested in physiology, sports performance, and the human potential during college and holds a BA in Biology from UC Santa Cruz. He is also a graduate of the Landmark Forum.
Since 1998 Manny has been a Board Certified Practitioner of Structural Integration. He trained at the Guild for Structural Integration directly with personal students of Dr Ida Rolf (Peter Melchoir, Emmet Hutchens, Neal Powers, Andy Crow, Louis Schultz, and Rosemarie Feitis, amongst others).He completed his advanced certification in 2004 and has been Board Certified with the International Association of Structural Integrators since 2008. Manny also holds a Yondon (4th degree black belt) in the Bujinkan system of traditional Japanese martial arts, has run a dojo in Santa Cruz, CA, and studied all over the world with top level Japanese and international masters in both Bujinkan as well as various other martial arts. He was a personal student of Richard Von Donk (15th dan Bujinkan and Master in Decuerdas Eskrima), Master Janet Gee ( Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Yang style Tai Chi Chuan), and has studied many times in the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo ( Noda City, Japan) with Bujinkan Grand Master Maasaki Hatsumi.
Additionally, Manny has been a personal student of Manouso Manos (a direct personal student of BKS Iyengar of Pune, India) for many years, completed the Iyengar Yoga Institute San Francisco 500 Hr certification course, and taught Iyengar Style Yoga at various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Orange County, CA. As and author of several books on wellness, metabolism, diet, biomechanics, back pain, and scoliosis pain relief, Manny specializes in nutrition, weight loss, biomechanical efficiency coaching, and pain free athletic performance. He has been featured in various publications both online, print, and video.
“I have been a client of Manny’s for over two years. Before I started with Manny I had a lot of pain. Since seeing Manny, there are days that I forget I have a back problem. He is a professional and knows his art well. I highly recommend his services if you want to feel better.”
“As a massage therapist for 13+ years, I am very particular when it comes to choosing a good therapist. I was impressed with Manny’s work. His inquisitive and intuitive nature works hand-in-hand to tailor your bodywork session to meet your needs. I highly recommend his program!”
Grace Kang- surfer and massage therapist
“I went to Manny to put get my body into a proper posture since I sit all day in front of a computer…..the results were way beyond my expectations. I feel a ton better and am aware and connected with my body. I look around now and see how many people really need body work, I’m glad I did it. Thanks Manny!”
“As an active 40-something with many years of sports-related injuries (and every intent to continue getting them), Manny’s help in tuning my body to relieve the pains of years of abuse and keep me agile and ready for another 80 years of life is critical. I’m rock climbing, surfing, snowboarding, and running as well as ever - if not better. Thanks, Manny!”
Gregory K -Surfer and Competitive Runner
“I just finished my 9th session of Rolfing with Manny. I have received bodywork and massage for the past 11 years on a regular basis and can tell you that Manny is one of the best! I love my Rolfing sessions with him because of his knowledge, his passion for what he does, and the fact that he creates a very safe space for healing. Physically my posture is better, my gate is better, and I am more body aware and I didn’t think that was possible! Thanks Manny!”
Dawn Depke- Healer
“I approached the whole idea of “getting Rolfed” with great trepidation since I had heard it could be very painful. I decided to do it anyway after Manny explained the process to me. I signed up for the whole program and received nothing but benefits. My posture improved. My pain subsided. Manny is very skilled at what he does. I highly recommend using his services.”
“I was impressed by the space Manny created for healing, as well as his skill and knowledge. After two sessions with Manny, I was able to swim more symmetrically and easily. I highly recommend Manny for any structural integration!!”
Dr. Dawn Brown-Davis, D.O.
“I have experienced knee pain since due to an injury since 1986 and am excited to share that for at 45 years old, I have finally been able to walk away from this pain due to my work with Manny. Manny helped me release the muscular tension and shift the compensation my body has made over the years to deal with my pain. Believe it or not, he also taught me to walk again in balance to assist in continuing my progress. Thank you Manny!”
Dr. Glen Depke -Traditional Naturopath
“After years of suffering from back pain (I have scoliosis), I finally got sick of it. I went to see Manny and my back pain is gone. Not only is the pain gone, but I move better and stand straighter too. He is professional and knowledgeable. He knows the body. He listens and teaches. Did I mention my back pain is gone?”
“Not only are my neck, shoulder and back pain gone, I’m standing up straighter too! You see, I have been in pain for years (carrying 3 kids around). Manny not only helped relieve the daily pain I had, he also showed me yoga poses and new ways to move so that I wouldn’t have this pain in the future. A personable professional, he really cares about his clients as individuals.”
Manny has a superb knowledge and understanding of physiology. He applies this knowledge artistically to achieve tremendous results. I brought my daughter to him a couple years ago with run-away scoliosis that was worsening at a rate of 10+ degrees per year. Doing what he does best, Manny has kept her scoliosis very much under control, allowing us to avoid what would be very hideous surgery.
“Manny Aragon is a highly skilled Rolfer that uses his years of training and expertise to regain optimal balance to the body.”
Dr. Nirvana Tehranian ND
“Manny’s knowledge of the body, how it works and how to help it, is very impressive. I have only seen him a few times and am feeling a difference in my range of motion, especially my knee. I am looking forward to seeing what the remaining sessions can accomplish to help create more ease in my musculature and soft tissue.”
David C. Baseball Player
“Manny has a real knack for understanding body mechanics. By utilizing a combination of both his Structural Integration work and yoga instruction, my lower back pain and repetitive ankle sprains are a thing of the past. For anyone who is looking for greater and better body functionality, go see Manny!”
Chris T. Softball Player
“Manny’s bodywork is effective and lasting. He understands how to bring a body to balance which I feel really few people can do. He is not the typical protocol type of bodyworker, Manny takes care to make your sessions unique for you. I’ve gone to him for low back and neck pain and he has always done a thorough job of eliminating it. I recommend Manny for anyone and everyone who is looking to get out of trouble be it acute or chronic.”
Chris Coralles- Homeopath and Structural Integration Practitioner
“Manny’s skill, gentleness and knowledge led me through each session freeing up my body in so many areas. I noticed a shift in my ability to move my body in the most basic ways … even simply walking!”
“I have been practicing yoga for years, and I have good flexibility and range of motion. Even so, I have had severe tightness in my left hamstring that I just haven’t been able to get rid of. Manny’s work did the trick! I have relief from years of aching discomfort. Thank you, Manny!”
“I just finished my 10 sessions and Manny worked wonders to relieve my neck pain. With the things he’s taught me, I hope to continue to be pain free. Thanks Manny!”
“I have been seeing a chiropractor for 45 years for temporary relief from a herniated disc. Eventually, with the disc protruding out 7mm from the vertebrae, my doctors began pushing for surgery. Manny showed me how to fix my 45 year old injury without surgery, and now at 76 years of age, not only am I pain free, but I feel stronger than I have in years!”
Desperate for relief of pain from a lifetime of Scoliosis complicated by a severe car accident, surgery and 4 months in a wheelchair, I turned to the internet to find an alternative to what Allopathic Medicine could not provide. Prescription after prescription did not relieve the pain and I was unwilling to continue to experiment. Google “sent” meto a list of Rolfers and I connected immediately with the Rolf Workshop inquiry. Ten weeks later I have gone from desperation to hopeful because of the significant change in the pain index and an unexpected personalized attention to living with my Scoliosis. That is all the “physical” stuff. I also found a Spirit and Heart connection with Manny that was necessary for my recovery. Manny is intuitive and empathic and does not put your file away until the next visit. Each visit was met with a “you know, I’ve been thinking about this since your last visit,,,,”.Give your body a treat and a treatment by taking that next step to not only discover Rolfing but discover Manny. In gratitude….
“I have seen Manny three times and am impressed with his knowledge and intuitive care. As a chiropractor who works a lot with restoring posture and biomechanics, I am picky about who works on my body. I look forward to my future sessions and getting to experience the difference I believe it will make.”
Dr. Chrissy Stamm DC
“I have had a back injury since I was 21 years old (16 years) and I have been to many doctors, and even chiropractors. Manny was the first person who was actually able to take the pain away and dramatically increase my functionality and mobility. I would highly recommend Manny for anyone looking to relieve chronic back or joint pain.”
Jack Kennefick -Personal Trainer
“I am walking so much more smoothly now, I can feel my feet on the floor and the waythe weight drops down through them. Before, my walking motion was more rocking side to side. now my legs go front to back.”
“Manny’s therapy enables me to a) stand more upright b) feel less pull of gravity, and c) keep my shoulders back and chest open to breathe easier.”
“My leg is so much better, I even was on my toes! I tried to refrain from any jumping, but the night was kinda a blur, I don’t remember. ALl I know is that I’m walking normal and it doesn’t hurt that much anymore! WOO HOO! I wouldn’t have been able to do it if it weren’t for you. You are amazing!!!”
Jenny J. Dancer
“Aside from his natural talent and skill, I appreciated Manny’s passion for his work and concern for his clients. Manny genuinely cares about your health. He will provide homeopathic advice, demonstrate yoga poses for specific ailments, or provide names of other holistic health practitioners if you have special needs.”
“I’ve had low back and knee pain for many, many years and it had limited my ability to play sports and do other physical things that I used to do when I was a young athlete. Shortly after starting with Manny, I was out of pain, and have been pain free and active since. Thanks!”
For more information on coaching and training with Manny, call (949) 375-7278 or send
Manny an e-mail at email@example.com