Dominic Sessa has helped many people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their personal successes and overcome injuries. Here is what his clients are saying:
Douglas WylieWent to Dom with my hips and he succeeded where everyone else failed. Life had a touch of normality again and it was awesome. Great character with innovative ideas that really do work… an out the box thinker.
I Can Breathe Again....
I can’t pinpoint when my troubles began. In fact, until a few months ago, I didn’t know I had any trouble at all. I was very use to living my life as I always have. Serving in the Army, and enjoying physical activities such as crossfit, hiking, swimming and running ultra marathons, I assumed I was doing the very best my body would allow me to do. When I’d run out of breath I’d slow my pace or take a break during crossfit WODs. After a few moments, my breath would come back, and I could pick the intensity back up….until I was out of breath again. I started having chest pains a few years ago. I went through intensive cardiac, pulmonary and gastric workups. All of the analysis proved I was perfectly healthy. The various Doctors, all highly professional and genuinely concerned couldn’t tell me why I hurt. The assured me there was nothing wrong with my heart, and not to take counsel on my fears when I felt heart attack like symptoms. A few months ago, my old friend pain came to visit me. I was sitting at my desk late one evening when I felt like I’d been hit in the chest with a hammer! I clutched my chest, and to my amazement and horror I felt a protrusion in the middle of me chest. Roughly 4 inches wide, an inch or so tall and protruding out about an inch. I gently pressed it back into my chest and it rapidly receded. After a few moments I felt alright and headed to bed. A few hours later I woke up sweating with the same pain and felt like I was going to pass out. This earned me a trip to the emergency room.In the ER they verified that I hadn’t had a heart attack and sent me home to follow up with my primary care provider This started the cycle all over again…rule out the heart, the lungs and gastric system. I knew up front that this wouldn’t solve anything…this would be the 4th time going through the motions. Experiencing the pain again, I decided to go to the emergency room at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Prudently, they went through the procedures to rule out any cardiac issues. The difference was that I was very persistent with them and made them go beyond their normal specialty work. After the combined medical team ruled out the typical potential causes, they referred me to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic. I was optimistically hopeful at this new method of attack. As I described my pain, symptoms, lifestyle and observations to the Doctor, he began to ask very specific questions. As I responded, his tone grew in confidence and he started to slowly grow a smile. A few basic tests led him to diagnose my pain and the root cause of the problem! It turns out I have been using my diaphragm to do the work of my core muscles. I had learned to breath the wrong way! The Doctor walked me through the corrective action and gave me exercises to start working the problem. I felt an immediate improvement of perhaps 10 percent. In the six weeks I did the exercises I felt gradual improvement, but rapidly leveled out after eliminating roughly 15 percent of my pain. My Doctors told me to continue on with the exercises and informed me that it could take a year to completely resolve the problem. Seeing my frustration, they offered me another possible solution. There was a motion specialist that they referred a few tough cases to in the past. All of these patients reported significant improvements in their quality of life in just a few weeks. How could I say no to getting my life back? I’d happily do anything to eliminate my pain and get back to crossfit and running! This led me to my first session with Mr. Dominic Sessa. I didn’t know what to expect, but was very hopeful going into the session. Dominic took the time to listen to me – from start to finish. He asked the right questions about my condition, hopes and expectations, all the while observing my body mechanics, posture and physical habits. We spent the hour together exploring my condition, explaining the factors that may have caused the condition and designing a plan to fix it and give me my life back. Dominic made multiple adjustments and really worked some of the muscles that needed to be retrained. By the time he was done, I felt no pain! He gave me a series of breathing exercises to work on daily. I was surprised that such seemingly simple exercises could make an impact. However, the longer I did them, the less pain I felt. I like to think I’m much closer to getting back to the activities that I love after only two weeks of exercising! I’m really looking forward to our next session and the improvements I’m confident I’ll see. I’m very optimistic about my future – I believe that I will be pain free and able to do the things I enjoy. I am also hoping that by learning to breath properly, I may see big improvements in crossfit, my ultras and normal day to day activities! So, you’ve been very patient reading my story, here is what I’d like you to take away from it: Trust Dominic – he can help you. Trust the exercise regimen he prescribes – if you follow it, you will improve. Take the time to make it a priority. You will be very happy you did! Wishing you all the very best for success.
Dominic is one of a kind. He knows his stuff and is always willing to go the extra mile. I’ve never worked with a trainer like him. Not only is he a pro, he is also a great person – always showing concern and always willing to help. I highly recommend him.
Candace SharrowI have had scoliosis for almost as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, my pediatrician told my mom not to worry about the fact that I seemed to be leaning over, that it would sort itself out. Finally, in middle school, an orthopedist confirmed that I had scoliosis severe enough to qualify for surgery.Surgery came with a laundry list of drawbacks, including a possible recurving of the spine, so my parents sought other options. My family spent thousands of dollars and I spent hundreds of hours seeing chiropractors, wearing a thick plastic back brace, eating limited diets, taking expensive supplements – we even tried hypnosis. The curve and pain in my spine didn’t improve, and by the time I had graduated from college, I was feeling burnt out, frustrated and helpless.I don’t feel that way anymore. Now I’m 28 years old and I’ve been working with Dominic once a week for a few months. For the first time in my life, I stand up a little bit straighter. My shoulders and hips aren’t as sore as they always have been. After feeling let down by a myriad of treatment options, I wanted to give up and ignore my scoliosis.I am so thankful that I reached out to Dominic and began treatment instead. I feel like I have the tools to live with a straighter and more pain-free back. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with him – he customizes everything to my specific needs and motivates me to take control of my body and health. I am so excited to continue this process with Dominic and I am so grateful to have finally found something that actually works.
Dominic is a hard working and disciplined individual. His drive and motivation infects other around him. I thoroughly trust his knowledge and abilities both as a trainer and a presenter.
Dave won the 2015 Baltimore Marathon. In 2014, Dave developed a stress fracture in his femur while running so he had to drop out of the Marathon. A couple of weeks before the 2015 Marathon Dave wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to compete, let alone win. Listen to his story HERE.
Winner of the Baltimore Marathon
I met Dominic during the summer of 2010 during a 2 day golf clinic in at Cave’s Valley Gold Club in Baltimore, MD. He was helping the students with stretches and doing some basic acupressure point manipulation to help students warm up for a busy day of golf lessons. At this point, I was suffering from chronic back pain, excessive sweating, constant upset stomach, inability to loose weight even with an aggressive work out routine, inability to sleep through the night, and I was taking Adderall and anti-inflamitories. I was also seeing a physical therapist and a chiropractor. All in all, not a clean bill of health for anyone, especially for a 28 year old. After meeting with Dominic, doing some testing, and following his coaching for 4months, I have lost 20 lbs, substantially decreased my pain and sweating, have cut out trips to the chiropractor and physical therapist, and now I sleep through thenight! Dominic’s easy going demeanor coupled with his grasp of a complex subject manner and teaching style makes it easy to learn and improve your overall health under his expert coaching, no matter where you are from a health stand point.
I was referred to Dominic by my physical therapist who told me he could take my level of fitness to another level – and he sure did. After two six-pack sessions with Dominic my back and the rest of my body feel much better and stronger and I have continued to do the things he taught me to this day – both nutritionally and in the gym!
Jessica Alsofrom, M.D.
I would call Dominic a magician because he seems to perform magic. But after all, there seems to be a more plausible explanation. Even after multiple dentist and doctor visits, I had unremitting jaw pain from my Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and was taking Tylenol AND Ibuprofen every 6 hours to keep the pain at a bearable level. Then Dominic and I had our first session, during which he focused on massaging my jaw. This provided short-term improvement. During the second visit, we had more time to explore the pain and Dominic discovered the source of my imbalance just by his physical exam skills. He focused on abdominal massage and after that second session, my jaw has been pain free. I am a Pediatrician and try to explain pain based on what I’ve learned in medical school and residency. Dominic explained to me how the abdomen and jaw are related physiologically. It’s something that I understand but would never have connected the dots myself because traditional medicine does not take that holistic approach. Learning to be more open-minded and trusting Dominic’s technique was just the magic I needed.
I have been working with Dominic for some time regarding my health and fitness. Dominic has consistently shown himself to be a knowledgeable leader. He makes the process of exercising fun and entertaining. With Dominic’s consistent attention to detail and pleasurable attitude, I enjoy exercising again. I would recommend Dominic to anyone who wants to regain their health, and not feel punished during the process