I have a rather unique and interesting history which ended up bringing me into the field of acupuncture. Born with club feet, I had a series of leg casts as an infant and braces until I was 6. This set up an imbalance throughout my system, but my feet were straight! I started doing yoga at the age of 14 and continued through my mid-twenties. Having been involved in a motorcycle accident at age 20, coupled with owning and operating several Domino’s Pizza franchises in my late twenties, chronic low back pain led to acute low back pain.
No luck with traditional healthcare
I had time and money for treatment, and an excellent health plan I personally picked for myself. I went to many different Chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, massage therapists, and others – I was desperate and looking hard for a way to relieve my pain. For two years I was in chronic pain, with many acute episodes. I could not ski (my lifelong passion) for two years. Besides pain pills, the only other option my health plan would cover was surgery. I put it off for over two years and when I did have the procedure to remove protruding disc material, the disc re-herniated three months later.
Introduction to Rolfing
The surgeons were then offering epidural injection, fusion, and more pain medications. I was in pretty low spirits when a friend mentioned Rolfing. I was immediately intrigued and started my series with Kevin Frank at his Holderness, New Hampshire studio in January of 1992. My Rolfing series was so dramatic and transformative, I started studying human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology (the study of human movement) to prepare myself for the rigors of entry to Rolf Institute training.
Studying at the Rolf Institute
I moved to Boulder, Colorado after being accepted to study at the Rolf Institute in the fall of ‘92. While living in Boulder I discovered a whole new world of effective efficient bodywork, movement therapies, and acupuncture not known to western medicine and chiropractic therapies. In between classes at the Institute I would get acupuncture, attend Pilates instruction and visit many bodywork practitioners in the area.
Opening the Rolfing Practice
I moved back to the East Coast in the summer of 1994 and started my Rolfing practice in Allentown. I continued my Pilates training with Master Teacher Karen Carlson in Allentown for several years, and give her a majority of the credit (with my diligent practice) in totally removing my low back pain, where traditional treatments could not help. I started teaching the fundamentals of Pilates to my patients, acquiring the complete Pilates equipment as a means to get people to properly achieve the rigors of the Pilates mat routine.
Experiencing Acupuncture in Boulder Colorado while training at the Rolf Institute
Outdoor Lifestyle Restored
Now functioning at peak condition from my work I returned to my outdoor active lifestyle that was taken from me in my twenties. I started skiing again and took up snowboarding, and even went back to mountain biking and standup jet skiing. A few injuries (whiplash from being rear ended and broken fibula from snowboarding) led me to the Gyrotonic training in late 1999.
Furthering my knowledge base as a Rolfer, I enrolled in continuing education classes with Liz Gaggini’s, “The Biomechanics of Alignment” in early 2000. These series of classes were fundamental in helping me organize the biomechanics with the nervous system in subsequent years. In addition to these classes, I also did visceral manipulation classes with Liz, and use these techniques with my patients today.
Always interested in improving my knowledge and skill set, I chose to study at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City. I understood their “hands on acupuncture styles” main curriculum would meld well with my knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and bodywork, as well as my Pilates and Gyrotonic® movement therapy. We start needling in the first of three years of study and continue through all years, giving the school the reputation of being an acupuncturist’s school; most schools across the country don’t start needling till the last year of study.
In addition, we learned to utilize Janet Travell’s trigger-point work, a highly successful western therapy (made in the USA!) that was essential in relieving my chronic neck pain. Kiiko Matsumoto’s Japanese style acupuncture has reflex points with corresponding treatment points. Again a hands on approach for many western lifestyle diseases such as blood sugar imbalance, adrenal overload, hormonal imbalance, hypertension, and structural imbalances as well.
Pilates training with Master Teacher Karen Carlson in Allentown
After graduation in the spring of 2006, I attended advanced Rolfing classes, conferring the coveted Certified Advanced Rolfer (CAR) status later that year. Continuing education for the NCCAOM consisted of Kiiko Matsumoto courses conducted locally in Pennsylvania.
Creating the Miles Method®
Since graduating I have developed my own system of acupuncture combining the “The Meta Balance of the Bones” (MBB) and the nervous system. This system has no peers; it is totally new and is what sets me apart from other acupuncturists. I plan to teach this system to other acupuncturists and certify them in “The Miles Method®” this fall.
The Miles Method® is an officially registered trademark.
Warren Miles L.Ac., M.S, C.A.R